The event will start Friday morning and conclude Saturday evening, so participants traveling from farther parts of the state are encouraged to arrive Thursday evening and depart Sunday morning.
We’ll be posting more information here in the weeks to come — so please check back to learn more about the schedule, lodging/accommodations, registration, sponsorship and exhibits, and more!
Anticipated schedule of events. We are still early in the planning process so it is likely that this will change in small or significant ways. It is included here to give an overall idea of how time will be spent and to help in your planning process to attend!
THURSDAY DECEMBER 6
1:00-5:00pm TENTATIVE Pre-Forum short course(s)
6:00-9:00 Registration open
6:00-9:00 Those who reserved box dinners may pick them up
8ish until? Campfire and socializing
FRIDAY DECEMBER 7
9:15-11:45 Concurrent sessions I (2.5 hours)
1:15-2:35 Concurrent sessions II (1.25 hrs)
2:50-4:10 Concurrent sessions III (1.25 hrs)
4:45-6:15 “Market Fair” social, expo, and seed swap
8:15-10:00 Night activities and socializing
11pm Quiet hours
SATURDAY DECEMBER 8
9:15-10:30 Concurrent sessions IV
1:20-2:35 Concurrent sessions V
2:50-4:05 Concurrent sessions VI
7:00-9:00 Night activities and socializing
11pm Quiet hours
YOUTH FOOD & FARM FORUM:
In 2018, alongside the (adult) Food & Farm Forum, for the first time ever we will be holding a Youth Food & Farm Forum geared towards youth ages 14-21! One of ASAN’s core beliefs is that a resilient agricultural system must be intergenerational. In order to ensure the mission of ASAN is sustained beyond our time, it is imperative to involve the next generation of farmers and agricultural visionaries now.
Our main objectives in implementing the Youth Food & Farm Forum are: 1. to empower and inspire young attendees from throughout our state to cultivate interest in agriculture and food systems and 2. to intentionally create space within our organizing in which youth are heard, valued, meaningfully involved, and encouraged to take up leadership.
Target attendance for the Youth Forum is between 40-50 youth ages 14-21. The Youth Forum program will consist of 6-10 sessions on topics ranging from agricultural production, food sovereignty, community/grassroots organizing, and more. These sessions will be led by guest presenters, with an emphasis on youth-led sessions, hands-on sessions, and sessions geared towards building hard skills and critical analysis. Specific decisions about the topics and presenters featured, session formats, and other logistics, will be made by the Coordinator and a 6- to 8-person Youth Council, recruited by the Coordinator from ASAN’s network throughout the state.
If you are or know of a young person who would like to attend the Youth Food & Farm Forum, OR if you are part of a group of youth who would like to attend together, please contact [email protected]!
On Friday evening before dinner, we will gather for drinks, snacks, a seed swap (and giveaway), and a market featuring Alabama artisans of food, crafts, and more… just in time for the holidays! Be sure to bring seeds to share, cash, and your shopping list!
One reason we chose to hold the Forum at Camp McDowell is that we could offer multiple lodging options to fit a variety of budgets.
These are hotel-style rooms with two double beds and an attached, private bathroom. These rooms can accommodate up to FOUR people max.
These are cabin-style accommodations, twin beds in groupings of 4 to 18 (depending on the cabin or lodge). Each grouping shares a bathroom located inside the cabin/lodge. Linens are NOT provided. All cabins are heated and insulated.
Meals from Friday breakfast through Saturday dinner are included in the cost of registration. Meals will be vegetarian and vegan friendly. Participants are encouraged to bring their own food for snacks throughout the weekend and/or to accommodate special dietary needs.
We will be working with Camp McDowell to incorporate local farm products into every one of the meals – including many from their own on-site farm, the McDowell Farm School. If you are a farmer interested in selling or donating product, please contact [email protected]!
Optional Thursday night box dinners will be available for an additional charge (please reserve a dinner when you register), for those arriving Thursday evening.
Scholarships will be available, and will be granted based on a combination of factors, accounting for need, potential food system development/benefit, and overall diversity (racial, geographic, professional, and otherwise) of Forum participants. More information to follow.
Child care will be offered throughout the weekend, free of charge, to make the Forum more accessible to families with children. Children will be required to pre-register so we have an accurate count for supplies, space, and adequate staffing/volunteers.
Volunteer opportunities are available as a work-share to cover some or all of the cost of your registration. More information to follow. Email [email protected] if you’re interested.
Thanks to the following sponsors for their generous support for the 2017 Food & Farm Forum!
If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at the Food & Farm Forum, please contact Meagan at [email protected] or 205-538-3249.