2017 FOOD & FARM FORUM
The Food & Farm Forum is a statewide event that’s part-conference, part-fair, and part-reunion. The Forum will consist of peer-to-peer, hands-on, and experiential learning, in the form of workshops, panel discussions, and breakout conversations, on topics ranging from herbal medicine and seed saving, to livestock production and farmers market management.
Approximately 200-250 farmers, gardeners, community leaders, and advocates for local and sustainable food, will convene for a weekend of “cross-pollinating” – swapping stories, ideas, and wisdom, with the shared goal of building a more robust and resilient agricultural system in Alabama.
Anyone who is interested is invited to attend; participants need not be existing members of ASAN’s network, and the Forum is designed to welcome people of all levels of skill and experience.
Parts of the Forum will be modeled after the folk tradition of the “bee,” in which community members come together to do shared work while also socializing, learning, and celebrating. While participating in peer-to-peer discussion, participants may also be invited to shell peas, or crack pecans, or sew some stitches on a quilt.
LOCATION: The Forum will be held at Camp McDowell (105 Delong Rd, Nauvoo, AL 35578), a summer camp owned by the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama, located in Winston County. It is also home to the McDowell Environmental Center, the McDowell Farm School, and the Alabama Folk School. Camp McDowell is roughly 1 hour from Birmingham,
REGISTRATION AND LODGING: The cost for adults is $80, which includes six high-quality locally sourced meals and all Forum programming. Several options for on-site lodging (not included in registration) are available to accommodate different budgets.
Click here (then scroll to bottom) to reserve your spot today — registration deadline is Wednesday, November 22. Certain lodging options are limited so early registration is encouraged!
___CHILDREN: People of all ages are welcome at the Forum! On-site child care will be provided, to make the event more accessible to people with children. There are several different registration prices for younger participants.