In Gainesville Florida, like many places, issues critical to the world’s health and vitality flow together, creating clashes and synergies with the potential to impact our collective futures. The Forum explored what it means to listen to and learn from the source.
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 connections to people in other parts of the country would make a more balanced proposal, write that down. You will have time to more fully develop your workshop during the spring.
Guest or Child: SAFSF allows participants to bring family members or guests to the Forum. Participation by those guests and children in Forum activities is limited to breakfast on June 27-29 and dinner on Wednesday, June 28 and Thursday, June 29. This rate does not include lunches or conference sessions.
Early (April 3-May 5)
Full Forum: $650
Single Day: $300
Late (May 6-June 12)
Full Forum: $800
Single Day: $350
Early (April 3-May 5)
Full Forum: $850
Single Day: $500
Late (May 6-June 12)
Full Forum: $1,000
Single Day: $550
Florida is a cultural, economic, and trade gateway to and from the United States. It is home to fertile foodsheds, a mosaic of cultures, and more than eighty distinct ecosystems shaped by human-environmental interactions. A place where the further north you go the more culturally southern it becomes, Florida has for hundreds of years reflected and been shaped by its neighbors in Central and South America and the Caribbean.
The 15th Annual SAFSF Forum in Gainesville, Florida will draw inspiration from the surrounding region, which has extensive cattle ranching, forestry, and aquaculture; the University of Florida—a land-grant university; and the largest convergence of first-magnitude freshwater springs in the world. Here, and like many places, issues critical to the world’s health and vitality flow together, creating clashes and synergies with the potential to impact our collective futures. The Forum will explore what it means to listen to and learn from the source, highlighting themes relevant to us all: gender, justice, immigration, and equity; agriculture, fisheries, and forestry; international, indigenous, and rural voices; water and climate change; land use and development; and more. Stories and lived experiences from community stakeholders, coupled with contextual data and analysis, will challenge, support, and equip us in our work as catalysts for transformation. Join us in Gainesville—“where nature and culture meet.”
Registration for the SAFSF Annual Forum is limited to funders only. Funders are considered 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.The only exceptions to this rule are for invited speakers and Food System Partners. Those invited to speak at the Forum and member organizations permitted to invite a Food System Partner received emails with detailed registration instructions. If you did not receive that email or have questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current SAFSF member organizations received emails with detailed registration instructions for their Food System Partner. If you are a current SAFSF member and your organization did not receive this email, or if you have any questions, please contact email@example.com.Each member organization is allowed to register one (1) person as their Food System Partner. This opportunity is offered only to current SAFSF members. For more information, click here.
What’s the best airport? How do I get from the airport to our hotel?
The closest airport is the Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV)—about 10 miles and 20-40 minutes away from the hotel depending on traffic.Hotel Shuttle The Hilton University of Florida Conference Center Gainesville has a courtesy airport shuttle available to guests upon availability. Call (352) 371-3600 to inquire about the shuttle’s availability.
Taxi fares range from $20-25 depending on traffic; Uber/Lyft fares range from $15-20.
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-funding 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food System Partners: We expect that funders will cover the costs associated with their Food System Partner’s participation at the Forum, including lodging. It is the responsibility of the funder and their Food System Partner to work together to determine the logistics of handling these costs.
Yes, site visits happen regardless of what the weather brings. The 2017 Forum has five choices of full-day site visits on Wednesday, June 28th, and an optional afternoon site visit on Thursday, June 29th.
It can be very hot in Gainesville in mid-June, and heavy afternoon thunderstorms are very common. It is highly recommended that you bring a hat, rain jacket, umbrella, and sunscreen with you on the site visits. Be sure to bring a water bottle and wear comfortable clothing.
IMPORTANT: Anyone attending a site visit must wear closed-toed shoes!
Yes, there will be a resource table for those wanting to bring materials. If you have a publication to share, please bring two copies and two business cards for samples on our resource table. A small bag will go next to each publication for interested individuals to put their business cards in. At the end of the Forum, pick up your bag and sample materials. Please then send materials to those interested. Important: You will be responsible for picking up your sample materials and business card bag on Thursday, June 29th by 5pm.