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Regenerative Food Systems Investment Forum

Sep 30, 2019 to Oct 1, 2019

Oakland Marriott City Center, Oakland, CA

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Event Summary

Connecting investors to strategies and opportunities to diversify risk, improve returns and increase impact through the deployment of capital to regenerative agriculture and food systems.

Oakland Marriott City Center

1001 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607

Event Details

Offering a unique convergence of investors and thought-leaders in the regenerative agriculture and food space, the Regenerative Food Systems Investment (RFSI) Forum is a can’t miss event for anyone interested in investing for maximum impact and results. The program is designed to equip participants for successful participation in this investment space, as well as provide ample time to develop strategic business relationships.

Leading practitioners will address:

  • Drivers of demand for regenerative agriculture and food
  • The investment case for ecological agriculture
  • Diverse strategies for engaging in investments along the regenerative agrifood supply chain
  • Steps needed to continue to build this investment opportunity
  • And much more

The Regenerative Food Systems Investment Forum will take place at the Oakland Marriott City Center in Oakland, California, home to an inspiring local food movement, top sports teams, a thriving arts culture and so much more. Be sure to take advantage of the special room rate we’ve secured for our attendees.

For more information, visit our website at www.rfsi-forum.com


 Agenda


 September 30, 2019

 — PRE-CONFERENCE REGENERATIVE FOOD SYSTEMS TOUR —

Stops at Top Leaf Farms, Clif Bar & Company, and Frog Hollow Farm

7:00 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.

2-2:15 p.m.              Welcome

2:15-2:30 p.m.         Introduction to Regenerative Agriculture

2:30-3:15 p.m.         Drivers of Demand for Regenerative Agriculture & Food

3:15-4:00 p.m.         The Investment Case for Regenerative Agriculture

                                                                                           — COFFEE BREAK — 

4:30-5:00 p.m.         Case Study: Regenerative Farmer

5:00-5:45 p.m.         PANEL: Strategies for Investing in Farmland

5:45-6:30 p.m.         Keynote Presentation

— RECEPTION —

6:30-7:30 P.M.

 

October 1, 2019

8:30-8:35 a.m.          Welcome

8:35-9:15 a.m.          Growing Opportunities to Allocate Capital to Regenerative Food Systems

9:15-9:45 a.m.          Measuring Impact to Mobilize Investment

9:45-10:30 a.m.        PANEL: Strategies for Investing in Animal Agriculture

— COFFEE BREAK —

11:00-11:30 a.m.          Case Study: Building Integrated Supply Chains Through Strategic Investment

11:30-11:50 a.m.          At the Nexus of Technology and Regenerative Agriculture

11:50 a.m.-12:30 p.m.   PANEL: Ag Innovation for a Regenerative Future

12:30-1:00 p.m.             Creating a New Financial System

– LUNCH — 

2:00-3:00 p.m.           Investor Perspectives: The Building Blocks for Successful Regenerative Food Systems Investment

3:00-3:30 p.m.           Case Study: Philanthropic Investment in Regenerative Food Systems

3:30-4:15 p.m.           PANEL: Consumer-Facing Investment in Regenerative Agriculture & Food

4:15-5:30 p.m.           Closing thoughts and drinks

 

PRE-CONFERENCE REGENERATIVE FOOD SYSTEMS TOUR

Monday, September 30, 2019

38 Seats Available – First come, first served

Schedule: 

Depart Oakland Marriott City Center: 7:00 am 

Visit: Top Leaf Farms, Ciif Bar & Company, and Frog Hollow Farm

Return to Oakland Marriott City Center 1:30 pm

Lunch will be provided by Frog Hollow Farm

Guests should wear sturdy shoes that are comfortable for walking in fields.

 

Top Leaf Farms, Berkeley, CA

 

Top Leaf Farms engages and partners with architects, developers, planners, communities and artists to create buildings and residential spaces that incorporate regenerative farming models for a new pattern of resiliency in these times of ecological and social change. Based on ecological principles and agroecology the farming models that Top Leaf Farms employs and designs from are highly productive, water conscious and climate smart. By growing food where people live we reduce the ecological and carbon footprint it takes to grow our food. Attendees will visit the Innovation Award-winning Garden Village to see an example of the largest productive rooftop farm in California that Top Leaf Farms designed, built and operated for the first 2 years. Now in it’s third year of production, Garden Village is now being run by Bluma Flower Farm and cut flowers and herbs are sold throughout the Bay area. Top Leaf Farms mission is to re-wild urban centers through Regenerative Agriculture and has another 50,000 square feet coming into operation in 2020. 

 

Clif Bar & Company, Berkeley, CA

Clif Bar is a family- and employee-owned maker of nutritious and delicious energy foods. During the tour of our headquarters in Emeryville, CA, visitors will learn about Clif Bar’s Five Aspirations for Sustaining our Business, Brands, People, Planet, and Communities. Together, we will explore the ways in which the Aspirations show up around our headquarters – from our gym, to our on-site café and art collection – and beyond – in our commitments to sustainable agriculture, clean energy, waste diversion, and other programs. Regenerative doesn’t start and stop with soil – but includes how we care for all the relationships in a business, from farming to food manufacturing and beyond. We’ll share Clif Bar’s work and challenges with integrating this thinking. 

 

Frog Hollow Farm, Brentwood, CA

Join us for a tour of Frog Hollow Farm, a 250-acre diversified organic tree fruit farm in Brentwood, CA. We will start with a walking tour of the orchards, where we will learn about all aspects of farm operations from soil health practices, integrated pest management, and tree care to distribution and marketing with an emphasis on regenerative farming practices and adaptation and resiliency in the face of climate change. You will also learn about how Frog Hollow captures farm residues ("unusable" fruit) in their commercial kitchen as well as in their on-farm composting program. 

The tour will be followed by lunch from the farm kitchen, served in the orchard. Lastly, you will be invited to a farmers market stand at which you can purchase Frog Hollow Farm fruits and kitchen goodies.