SAFSF is pleased to accept workshop/dinner proposals from all funders (even those who are not members of SAFSF). Please download the instructions document that explains what we are looking for in proposals this year. The instructions document also explains the difference between a workshop and dinner proposal. SAFSF has not requested dinner proposals in the past, but as interest in hosting dinners has grown over the years, we are trying to manage the process in a more streamlined way by asking for proposals for dinners alongside proposals for workshops.
Spokane is a city that challenges assumptions. It is a vibrant economic hub for the Inland Northwest with ties that reach around the globe. Located 280 miles from Seattle, 18 miles from the Idaho border, and only 110 miles from Canada, Spokane sits among miles upon miles of gentle rolling hills covered by wheat fields. It is named after the Spokane Tribe, who–along with many other members of the Interior Salish group, including the Kalispel, Colville, and Coeur d’Alene Tribal nations–lived on and respected millions of acres of land for thousands of years. Today the city, and indeed the entire northwest, is predominantly white. The so-called Cascade Curtain is purported to divide Washington State culturally, politically, and economically, but the depth and quality of those divides is up for debate.
Connecting a patchwork of disparate but complementary strategies toward healthier and more sustainable food systems requires continually re-evaluating our assumptions and untangling the vastly complicated drivers of those systems. As such, many of the topics explored at the 2018 Forum boil down to power. Racial equity, tribal sovereignty, industry consolidation, land use, and policy all play out in the relative health of people, land, water, climate, and animals.
This complex and tenuous political moment requires urgent action, but does not allow for many missteps. In order to get where we want to go, our understanding of the context surrounding the problems we seek to affect must be at once deep and broad. With little time to spare, we must learn as we go, continually reorienting as we seek and navigate pathways to impact in the food system.
Registration for the SAFSF Annual Forum is limited to funders only. Funders are defined as 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. If you have questions, please contact email@example.com.
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.
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 are approximately $25; Uber/Lyft fares are in the $15-20 range.
If you are driving to the Forum, the Historic Davenport Hotel offers both self-park and valet options. Self-park rates are $5 for hour 1-4/$1 each additional hour or $17 overnight; valet rates are $17 event valet or $22 overnight valet. The Daveport Hotel and Tower self-park garage is located on the corner of Post and 1st Street, and the valet garage is located off Post Street at the main entrance. Note: participants will not need a car during the Forum.
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 2018 Forum has six choices of full-day site visits on Wednesday, June 20th.
Average June temperatures in Spokane are around 75°/51° F, but it is possible that it may be warmer than that;
rain is also a possibility. It is recommended that you bring a hat, sunscreen, and layers with you on the site visits. Be sure to bring a water bottle and wear comfortable clothing. Check the weather before you depart.
IMPORTANT: Anyone attending a site visit must wear closed-toed shoes!