Thurs Dec 5, 2019 – Pre-Forum sessions and field trips
Fri-Sat Dec 6-7 – General Forum sessions
Camp Beckwith, Fairhope, AL



  • Call for Session Proposals – deadline June 17, 2019

  • Coming in September:

    • Registration form

    • Lodging reservation form

    • Scholarship application form

    • Draft agenda



This year we are trying something new — we are inviting session proposals from our entire network (and beyond), to build an even better Forum program than ever!  Do you have the perfect idea for a session for this year’s Food & Farm Forum / Youth Food & Farm Forum?  We want to hear about it!  Please consider applying to lead (or co-lead) a session!

Topic areas for sessions include:

  1. FARMING (BEGINNER LEVEL) and 2) FARMING (ADVANCED LEVEL) – for example, beginner OR advanced takes on: soil health, crop planning and rotation, livestock health and management, pest and disease management, land use planning, specific crop/product production methods, specific production styles (e.g. permaculture, biodynamics, etc), post-harvest handling and food safety
  2. FARM BUSINESS / MARKETING – for example: business planning, recordkeeping, certifications, marketing channels (e.g. CSAs, wholesale, marketing to restaurants), taxes, land rental/ownership arrangements, cooperatives, insurance, labor, food hubs
  3. COMMUNITY FOOD SYSTEMS AND FOOD MOVEMENT – for example: farmers markets, school/community gardens, food justice and food sovereignty, nonprofit and group management
  4. “GREEN LIVING” – for example: holistic health, alternative energy, green building, culinary skills, homesteading skills.

Sessions can be hands-on demonstrations, panel discussions, facilitated roundtable discussions (ie including audience members), storytelling, and/or traditional presentations.  Interactive, creative sessions are welcome! Sessions may be led by youth (14-21), adults, or a team of both.  We strongly encourage folks with practical expertise and lived experience to submit proposals, as well as more traditional “experts.”  We value and uplift folk wisdom, practical skills, intuition, emotional intelligence, embodied knowledge, traditional ecological knowledge, creative arts, and other forms of knowing.  Priority will be given to sessions that reflect:

  • Skill-building across cultures, communities, and sectors/roles in the food system
  • Collaboration, cooperation, and network-building
  • Diversity of presenters and perspectives
  • Grounding in racial, social and economic equity/justice and authentic community-building

In 2019 we hope to better integrate and interconnect the adult Forum and Youth Forum programming – session proposals are invited from youth, adults, or a combination of both!

Also, since we will be in a new location and new part of the state, we are interested in highlighting the Gulf Coast’s unique ecology, culture, challenges, and opportunities.  We want the Forum to connect people to the specific place they’re in.

All session leaders (and co-leaders) receive free registration to the event.

This form has everything you’ll need to know:

Session Proposal Form

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, June 17, 2019




Registration fee will cover sessions/activities and all meals Friday breakfast through Saturday dinner.  Lodging as well as Thursday offerings/meals are reserved separately.

Scholarships will be available!  More information to follow.



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