Many funders, investors and PSOs have reached out to Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders (SAFSF) in the past two months for help in understanding the shocking COVID-19-related food and agriculture headlines and how they as funders sho
The SAFSF Forum is moving online to bring you the opportunities for real-life learning and peer connection that funders look forward to all year. Spanning two weeks, from July 13-24, the 2020 SAFSF Forum is a curated assortment of thought-provoking, timely, and diverse programming developed by SAFSF funder peers.
The 15th Annual SAFSF Forum in Gainesville, Florida will draw inspiration from the surrounding region, which has extensive cattle ranching, forestry, and aquaculture; the University of Florida—a land-grant university; and the largest convergence of first-magnitude freshwater springs in the world. Here, and like many places, issues critical to the world’s health and vitality flow together, creating clashes and synergies with the potential to impact our collective futures. The Forum will explore what it means to listen to and learn from the source, highlighting themes relevant to us all: gender, justice, immigration, and equity; agriculture, fisheries, and forestry; international, indigenous, and rural voices; water and climate change; land use and development; and more. Stories and lived experiences from community stakeholders, coupled with contextual data and analysis, will challenge, support, and equip us in our work as catalysts for transformation. Join us in Gainesville — where nature and culture meet.
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The foundation will continue its mission to distribute 3,500 native trees in celebration of 35 years every day in September at the Naples Botanical Garden.
The CFCW Fishing Guide Relief Fund will be used to book Florida fishing guides over the next few months to take their families out and conduct waterway clean-ups.
Florida citrus growers continue to pick up the pieces from the devastation of hurricane Irma. The University of Florida Extension office reports statewide citrus crops are 50 % decimated, with losses estimated to exceed $1 billion.
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research announced a $15-million-dollar contribution, its biggest grant to date, to a five-year, $45-million research project that promises to boost crop yields 20% by improving photosynthetic efficiency. The project is co-funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Last year, Anna Hamilton approached the Matanzas Riverkeeper with the idea for her oral history project, and got their support as well as that of the Friends of Matanzas, an organization focused on environmental and land use concerns. Hamilton was approved for a grant from the Florida Humanities Council, and also received funding from local donors, which allowed her to begin recording and photographing subjects. The first installment of “Matanzas Voices,” featuring five interviews, was debuted at a listening event at the River House in April.
The Education Fund builds and cares for the gardens with a renewable grant from Health Foundation of South Florida. Each of the gardens costs $30,000 to build, and the $500,000 a year it costs to maintain all 51 is covered by grants from the Health Foundation and Citi Cards.
The food bank received a $5 million donation by Publix Super Markets Charities to members of the Feeding America network. River Region Publix Super Markets also conducted a successful annual outreach “Food for All” and “Food for Sharing” food and fund drives, as well as participating in a program where the new refrigerated truck will be essential.
Some activities of Publix's charitable wing over the last few months illustrate this mindset: $5 million to the anti-hunger campaign Feeding America, which doles out donations to local food banks; $9.5 million to Habitat for Humanity to build 100 new homes for the poor; $250,000 to the One Orlando organization to aid survivors of the Pulse nightclub massacre; $1 million to the American Red Cross to support recovery efforts following Hurricane Matthew; $85,000 to the United Way in Escambia County to support its Reading Pals program, a specific interest of Carol Jenkins Barnett, president of Publix Super Markets Charities and Mr. George's daughter.