Friday-Saturday December 7-8, 2018
(Pre-Forum session Thurs Dec 6)
Camp McDowell
Nauvoo, AL



(see details under the respective headers below)




       Early-bird (mid-Sept to Oct 15): $75
       Regular (Oct 16 to Nov 19): $85
Youth (14-21): $50
Children (6-13): $30
Children 5 and under: free (but must register!)

Note that these prices include all meals Friday breakfast through Saturday dinner!  Does not include lodging.

Scholarships are available!  Please see below.



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!  The Youth Forum program will consist of 6-10 sessions on topics ranging from agricultural production, food sovereignty, community/grassroots organizing, and more.  Specific decisions about the topics and presenters featured, session formats, and other logistics, will be made by the Youth Forum Coordinator and a 6- to 8-person Youth Council representing ASAN’s network throughout the state.

Learn more about the Youth Food & Farm Forum here.

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]!



General adult Forum and Youth Forum programming 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.  Several optional pre-Forum sessions (additional charge) are offered Thursday afternoon.

Anticipated schedule of events.  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!


Afternoon              Pre-Forum intensive sessions
6:00-9:00              Registration open
6:00-9:00              Those who reserved box dinners may pick them up
8ish until?             Campfire and socializing


8:00-9:00am        Breakfast
9:15-11:30              Concurrent sessions I (2.25 hours)
11:45-12:00           Welcome and announcements
1:15-2:35               Concurrent sessions II (1.25 hrs)
2:50-4:10              Concurrent sessions III (1.25 hrs)
4:10-4:45              Break
4:45-6:15               “Market Fair” social, expo, job fair, and seed swap
6:30-7:45              Dinner
8:15-10:00            Night activities and socializing
11pm                      Quiet hours


8:00-9:00             Breakfast
9:15-11:40             Plenary activities
11:40-11:55           Group photo
1:20-2:40             Concurrent sessions V
2:55-4:15              Concurrent sessions VI
5:45-7:15              Dinner
7:00-9:00             Night activities and socializing
11pm                      Quiet hours



Click here for the full program!



On Friday evening before dinner, we will gather for drinks, snacks, a seed swap (and giveaway), a job / apprenticeship / internship fair, 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!

Seed swap:  bring your saved seeds to share!

Job / apprenticeship / internship fair:  do you own, manage, or work for a farm, business, or nonprofit that is in need of some good help?  Bring copies of job descriptions, tear-away flyers, business cards, etc., and see if you can find a good match at the Food & Farm Forum!

Vendors: If you are a producer of craft products (food-based or not) and would like to be a part of the market fair, please contact Mindy at [email protected] for more information!


ASAN’s goal is to offer a range of lodging options and a range of prices, to meet as many needs and match as many budgets as possible.  One reason we’ve chosen to hold the Forum at Camp McDowell is that it has multiple types of lodging that serve this goal.


  • $135 per room per night
  • Can accommodate up to FOUR people max
  • Hotel-style rooms with two double beds and an attached, private bathroom
  • Linens are provided
  • Photos available here, scroll down to Parsley Commons


  • $20 per person per night
  • 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
  • All cabins are heated and insulated
  • PLEASE NOTE: Linens are NOT provided in shared lodging – you must bring your own sleeping bag or sheets/blankets.
  • Photos available here, scroll down to Bethany Village Cabins

Click here to reserve lodging

Lodging will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.  Cancellations made after November 12 will incur a $20 fee.



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, for those arriving Thursday evening.




Scholarships are available to help make the Forum accessible to a wide range of attendees from across the state and region.  Scholarships can cover some or all of a participant’s registration and/or lodging expenses.  Lodging scholarships apply only to shared lodging, not private rooms.

Scholarships are 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.

Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis until funds run out, so apply early!  Final deadline (if funds remain) is November 12.

Click here to apply for a scholarship

Note: your scholarship application does NOT constitute a Forum registration.  We will notify you about whether your scholarship was awarded or not, and afterward you will need to complete the registration form (and lodging reservation form, if needed) separately, in order to confirm your slot at the Forum.



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.

Accessibility: The Forum makes use of multiple buildings and spaces across the campus of Camp McDowell and the McDowell Farm School.  The majority — though not ALL — of these buildings, including lodging spaces, are wheelchair accessible.  ASAN will furnish several golf carts throughout the weekend to help transport folks who may have trouble walking.  Please feel free to contact [email protected] if you have any questions about accessibility.

Weather: Some sessions (including tours and some hands-on sessions) are scheduled to take place at least partially outside.  Movement between sessions will also require participants to be outside.  Participants are encouraged to come prepared for cold or warm, rain or shine.  This is December in Alabama, folks 🙂

Loan us your linens!  As you’ll see above, linens are NOT included for shared lodging accommodations.  Participants are asked to bring their own linens, but ASAN is collecting linens to offer participants who are unable to provide their own.  If you have spare sleeping bag(s) or twin-size linens that you are willing to lend or donate for the weekend of the Forum, please contact [email protected].



Thanks to the following sponsors for their generous support for the 2018 Food & Farm Forum!







Cahaba Group of the Sierra Club



If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at the Food & Farm Forum, please contact Alice at [email protected] or 205-743-0742.