Registered attendees will receive an important email early the week of June 20. The email will include the program, a list of attendees including bios, a reminder of what activities you signed up for, and other critical information.
For the detailed program agenda, click on the PROGRAM button at the top of the page.
You can also view/download the entire print program by clicking here.
Our collective future hinges around issues of equality, health, climate, and the shape of our food system. The 14th Annual SAFSF Forum in Louisville, Kentucky will address these critical themes and their many points of connection. We’ll visit a region whose people, land, and economy are experiencing both subtle and powerful transitions. The decline of the tobacco and coal industries have created a cultural and economic crisis, but the emergence of sustainable agriculture, a growing local foods movement, and the reintroduction of hemp as a food and fiber crop are bringing new economic opportunities, and with them, hope. Together, we’ll begin to unpack the power dynamics that determine whether initiatives like these become part of our future. During the Forum we will address questions such as: How do issues of race, class, gender, and money impede a just and sustainable farm and food system? What are the connections between food and climate change? How are art and culture interwoven with struggles for positive, lasting change? Through story telling, reality tours, in-depth workshops, and more, we’ll connect these threads with the voices of leaders at the forefront of transitioning power.
Participation in SAFSF events is open to those organizations using grantmaking or investments as a core strategy to fulfill their mission and who make grants or invest more than $50,000 annually. This includes individual donors, executive and program staff, and members of the board of grantmaking organizations (family foundations, individual donors, corporate foundations, government, community foundations, etc.), as well as representatives of non-profit or for-profit investment enterprises. Development or fundraising staff are not permitted to participate in SAFSF events.
SAFSF’s annual forum is for funders only. We welcome all types of funders: family foundations, individual donors, corporate foundations, government, community foundations, etc. If you are unsure whether you qualify as a funder, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
No, you will not need a car while attending the Forum. We provide bus transportation for all site visits. You can walk, take cabs, or the hotel shuttle (depending on availability) to get to restaurants for the dine-arounds.
All Funder Attendees(including those who are moderating or speaking): You are responsible for making your own reservations directly with the hotel. Book early as we expect to sell out our room block. Reserve your room here.
Invited speakers from non-funder organizations: SAFSF staff, or your funder sponsor, will book your hotel room and provide you with a confirmation number. If you have any questions, please email Bridget Dobrowski.
The Brown Hotel must be notified in advance of shipping any materials to ensure proper acceptance of items upon arrival at the hotel. Please call (502) 583-1234 to arrange this with the hotel.
Package Handling Fees
The Brown Hotel charges a fee of $3.00 per box. Boxes over 3ft in diameter or weighing over 40 pounds will be charged a fee of $6.00 per box. A $3.00 per box storage fee will be charged for all items stored for more than three days prior to or after an event.
You must fill out the online workshop form to submit your proposal. You will receive a confirmation email after submitting your form, which will include a copy of your proposal.
Keep in mind that we are looking for ideas, not necessarily fully developed workshops. If you need help with speakers, say so in your submission, if you want examples from or connections to people in other parts of the country to make a more balanced proposal, write that down. You will have time to more fully develop your workshop after the New Year.