Real Food Rising: National Summit 2013
October 11-14th, 2013
Registration for Real Food Rising is Now Closed
What to Expect
With Food Day 2013 also coming this fall -- shaping up to be the largest mobilization in food movement history -- there’s plenty more inspiring action to come!
We weren't the first ones to recognize the powerful sound of Real Food Rising! It's also the name of an amazing food initiative in Utah, empowering young people to fight hunger. We encourage you to learn more and follow their great work!
Program & Agenda
Organizing. Leadership. Power. Winning! The content of Real Food Rising will be a mix of general body programming and workshop breakouts speaking to particular topics in these themes. Dozens of sessions to choose from include:
- Storytelling & Public Narrative in Organizing
- Be the News: Social Media, Social Movements & Getting Good Press
- Recruitment and Retention: Mobilize Folks and Build a Strong Leadership Team
- What does Solidarity Mean? Models from the Farmworker Justice Movement
- Empowered Knowledge: Popular Education and Campus Organizing
- How to Kick Butt in Meetings with Big Shots... and Other Messaging Challenges
- Farm-to-College-to-YOU: How to Build Partnerships with Local Farmers
- Planning your Awesome Real Food Campaign from Start to Finish
...And that's just a sampling!
We have also invited food justice leaders from the Minneapolis area (and beyond) to engage in a food justice panel. Panelists include organizers from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, and Minneapolis' own LaDonna Redmond!
The summit runs Friday evening through Monday mid-day. Expect to be actively engaged (with plenty of breaks and time to socialize) from ~8:00 in the morning to 9:00 or 10:00 at night. Please see Resources for additional information about the schedule.
Lodging & Accomodations
As in past National Summits, we'll be staying at churches in the Minneapolis community which have generously offered their space. This helps us keep the cost of conference registration affordable for students. There will be 2-3 housing sites within walking distance of the conference site (transit also available). Housing will be co-ed, and we will be sleeping on floors, so please plan to pack a sleeping bag, pad, and pillow. If you would prefer alternative housing accomodations, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. See resources for a full packing list for Real Food Rising!
Here is a map of conference locations including housing sites, showers, and all programming sites. You will be provided with a printed map at registration.
- Friday, September 20, 2013
- Early Bird Registration and Discounted Registration Fees End
- Registration Deadline for Delegation Leaders
- Travel Scholarship Deadline - Round 1
- Tuesday, October 1, 2013:
- FINAL deadline for all registration
- Travel Scholarship applications close
***Are you coming from the Mid-Atlantic or Northeast? Sign up for the bus and roadtrip with fellow RFC'ers!
The registration fee includes the cost of meals, space and materials, all programming, and housing. The actual cost of the conference is approximately $200 per person. The Real Food Rising planning team (which consists of student leaders just like you!) has been working hard through grassroots fundraising to lower the cost of the registration fee for conference participants. However, to support the participation of others through scholarships, we encourage you to register at the highest level that you can afford. Regardless of the level you pay, your registration fee will cover all of the essentials.
Early Registration until September 20: $200 - $40 [You have the option to choose the full, the subsidized early bird, or the subsized regular fee]
Regular Registration: Sliding Scale $200-$80 [You have the option to choose the full or the subsidized regular fee]
Fundraising is a key skill for organizing, and an important part of attending Real Food Rising! Here are some resources to help you get there!
- Check out the RFC Campus Guide to Fundraising [PDF]
- Get in touch with your Regional Real Food Organizer for additional support in fudraising!
- We offered 2 webinars for students about fundraising for the summit. "Get the $$ to get to Real Food Rising" was offered September 4th and 18th. Talk to your regional organizer to learn about the fundraising skills that were covered!
- Read and print this Real Food Rising Local Transportation Guide to help
- Please enter your travel information in the Travel Tracker. This will help us support your travel needs.
- Note that it takes 45 minutes-1 hour to travel to the conference site by public transportation from the airport. Please build this time into your travel plans.
- If you have questions, email email@example.com
The travel scholarship application period is now closed
We are committed to ensuring that the financial burden associated with travel does not prevent students from attending Real Food Rising 2013. However, we have limited funds for travel scholarships, so not all students who apply will receive assistance. Students who go to schools that are unable to adequately support them to attend the conference will be first priority. We also believe fundraising is an important skill for all student organizers to practice!
Travel Scholarship Information
Scholarships will be given out on a case-by-case basis, based on the criteria in the Travel Scholarship Application. Criteria on the application include financial need, strength of fundraising plan, involvement with Real Food Challenge, and ability to bring fresh or underrepresented perspectives to the summit.
All scholarship recipients will be expected to fundraise for at least a portion of their travel costs — i.e. we will give out partial or “matching” scholarship grants
Scholarships are solely for travel expenses; all attendees are expected to pay their own registration fees
*The initial application deadline is Friday, September 20. Priority is given to students who apply before this date. Additional scholarships may be awarded after this time, funding pending, as long as applications are received by Monday, October 1. Travel scholarships are granted on a rolling basis, so apply early — it is highly advantageous to apply before September 20, as that is when the first round of decisions are made.
To be considered for a scholarship you must also register for the conference.
Scholarships will be granted in the form of reimbursements. You will be reimbursed 2-3 weeks after attending the conference. If a reimbursement is a barrier to your application, please contact Siri Simons [firstname.lastname@example.org]
- We will do our best to respond to your scholarship application within 2-3 weeks.