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2014 SAFSF Forum in Denver, CO

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SAFSF’s 12th Annual Forum




June 17-19, 2014
Denver, Colorado

Funders-Only Event


Resources, attendees, agenda information, and photos are available in the mobile app, Guidebook, in addition to what is provided here. If you need instructions for accessing the mobile app, please contact Bridget Dobrowski (email:

2014 Forum Final Online Agenda

2014 Forum Final PDF Agenda

2014 SAFSF Forum

PreForum Workshops and Site Visits

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Racial Justice

Regional Food Ecology and Economy

Distribution on a Big Scale

Aero Farm and Veterans to Farmers



DJ Cavem Kick Off Performance

Is the “New West” A Better West?

  • Video of Keynote presentation
  • Diversification: It’s Not Just an Investment Strategy

    Stronger Together: Partnering With Business



    Concurrent Workshops
    Tuesday Afternoon
    Healthy Farms and Healthy People: Opportunities To Align Food And Farm Policy With The Goal Of Healthier Americans

    Public Narrative: Developing The Stories That Unify Our Work, Build Power, And Grow The Movement

    The State Of Agricultural Water In Colorado And The West: Case Studies Of Innovative Partnerships

    Evaluating Success: Innovative Evaluation Methods To Accurately Measure Success Among Community-Based, Grassroots Organizations

    Thursday Afternoon
    What’s Trade Got To Do With It? How Funders Can Help Stop Trade Pacts From Undermining Fair And Sustainable Food Systems

    Pollinators, People, And Pesticides: Making Connections To Address Multiple Threats From Multiple Angles

    The Secret To Building And Sustaining Health Food Access Community Initiatives–Older Adults!

    A Roadmap For Sustaining City Food System Planning: How Can Funders Partner With Cities?

    Food Waste


    Thursday Morning
    Making Change Through Independent Journalism

    Soil Carbon Is A Critical Piece Of The Food System And Climate Puzzles

    Working With Promotores To Incorporate The Voice Of The Latino Community Into The Food System Reform Movement

    Slow Money: Lessons At The Local And National Level

    Funding And Evaluation For Collective Impact

    Forum Theme

    The food systems puzzle contains a striking variety of pieces spanning disciplines, nations, and passions—but they must all fit together to create a cohesive, dynamic whole. We funders—including corporate foundations, governments, community foundations, individual donors, and family foundations—each bring a different perspective to this work, and we also know that we are stronger together.

    Some of us use investment dollars to support food enterprise and build new infrastructure and markets, while others convene and build networks to support collaboration and community. Still others take on the thorny transnational issues of seed supply, genetic ownership, trade, and food aid.  Our work includes grassroots, community, state, national, and global perspectives. We recognize the value of creative, responsive, and strategic funding.

    Working together—whether as partners, collaborators, or cooperators—takes commitment and innovation. At SAFSF’s 2014 Annual Forum in Denver we will explore how the multiple puzzle pieces fit together and how funders and others can work together toward shared goals.  Join us!