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Jean Mills, SAWG's Conference Organizer, Retires

It is with deep sadness that Southern SAWG announces the resignation of Jean Mills as of May 31, 2017. As many of you may know, Jean has been one of the constant faces of the organization for almost as long as Southern SAWG has existed. Jean has been a pioneer and champion for sustainable agriculture both at her own farm in Alabama and with the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group. She has been involved in just about every facet of Southern SAWG’s work. She organized the last 23 of Southern SAWG’s 26 annual conferences. She developed our Natural Farming Systems in the South virtual farm tour video series (11 videos!), and our Organic Vegetable Production and Marketing in the South CD. She initiated the successful Experienced Organic Growers Network and was one of the key players in fine tuning the “Veggie Compass” tool for tracking farm profitability on diversified vegetable farms. Jean and her partner Carol Eichelberger began the first CSA in Alabama back in 1990, in the very early stages of the CSA movement. Their farm was one of the first organic farms in the state. Her leadership has been instrumental in the growth of the sustainable agriculture movement over the past quarter century.   

Now Jean is looking forward to less time at a desk and spending more time with Carol exploring the natural beauty of this country. We will greatly miss Jean’s knowledge and understanding of sustainable ag, crazy organizational and planning abilities, huge passion for our work, humor and “git 'er done” attitude!

Thank you, Jean Mills, for your dedication, courage and vision for the sustainable agriculture movement!