2022 RFSI Forum

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Regenerative Food Systems Investment Forum
October 12-13, 2022
Denver, CO
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Regenerative Food Systems Investment Forum
October 12-13, 2022
Denver, CO

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Be a part of THE marquee event for investing in Regenerative Food and Agriculture!

The RFSI Forum catalyzes conversation, advances education, and drives increased investment in regenerative agriculture and food.

October 12-13 | Denver, Colorado | The Cable Center

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The Regenerative Food Systems Investment (RFSI) Forum is the ONLY event that exclusively brings together investors, capital activators, and critical stakeholders working to build resilient food systems. Listen and learn from the leaders in investing and regeneration. Meet existing and new connections to advance your goals in this space.

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Agenda: October 12-13, 2022

This October we will gather hundreds of leaders in investing and building regenerative food systems for two days of essential insights and relationship building. This is where the magic happens – don’t miss your opportunity to connect to the information and people that will help move this space forward!

Day One
Day 1: Wednesday, October 12
REGISTRATION / OPENING COFFEE | 8:00 am MT
9:00 a.m. MT
Welcome
9:10 a.m. MT
Regenerative Agriculture: The Most Compelling Investment Opportunity Ever
Darren Baccus, Biome Capital Partners & Tripp Wall, Trailhead Capital
10:05 a.m. MT
PANEL: Investment Strategies for Regenerative Farmland
Justin Bruch, Clear Frontier; Bert Glover, Impact Ag Partners; Paul McMahon, SLM Partners; Matthew Brown, International Farming Corporation
COFFEE BREAK | 11:00 a.m. MT
11:45 a.m. MT
Fixing Debt Financing & Creating A Regenerative Ag Capital Market
Dan Miller, Steward
12:15 p.m. MT
Case Study: Evolution of a Small Farm Investment Deal
Esther Park, Cienega Capital & Cody Hopkins, Grass Roots Farmers' Co-Op
12:40 p.m. MT
The Role of Philanthropic Capital
LUNCH | 1:10 p.m. MT
2:10 p.m. MT
Case Study: Investing in Agroforestry At Scale
Jeremy Kaufman, Propagate & Charlie Antrim, Agroforestry Partners
2:40 p.m. MT
Breakout Discussions
- Where Capital is a Dirty Word - Farmer Perspectives
- Linking Health Outcomes to Regen Ag
- Systems Building Through Integrative Capital
COFFEE BREAK | 3:40 pm MT
4:25 p.m. MT
Case Study: Closing the Funding Gap
Adrian Rodrigues, Provenance Capital & Doug Willmore, World Tree
4:55 p.m. MT
Pitch Session: On-Farm Tech
Mitch Rubin, Elemental Accelerator
5:15 p.m. MT
Fireside Chat: Where Policy Plays A Role
Jennifer O'Connor, Funders for Regenerative Agriculture (FORA)
6:00 p.m. MT
Closing Remarks
EVENING RECEPTION | 6:00-7:30 p.m. MT
Including the Fundraising Happy Hour
Meet directly with more than a dozen operators and funds raising capital to advance regenerative agriculture and food.
Day One
Day 2: Thursday, October 13
OPENING COFFEE | 8:00 am MT
9:00 a.m. MT
Welcome
9:10 a.m. MT
How Can Regen Get More of The Impact Investing Pie?
Michael Welchel, Big Path Capital
9:35 a.m. MT
PANEL: Bringing Institutional Capital to Regenerative
Gabriela Leslie, CREO; Anouk Schoors, The Nest
10:30 p.m. MT
The Need to Measure Impact
Shannon Boselli, Proof of Impact
COFFEE BREAK | 10:45 a.m. MT
11:30 a.m. MT
How We Build the Regenerative Future of Food: A Collaborative Call To Arms
Asha Agrawal, Tin Shed Ventures & Paul Lightfoot, Patagonia Provisions
11:45 a.m. MT
Overcoming Roadblocks to Achieving Regenerative Ag Systems at Scale
Jessie Deelo, Vayda
12:00 p.m. MT
PANEL: Ensuring Corporate Commitments to Regenerative Ag
Moderated by: Robyn O'Brien, rePlant Capital
Panelists: Margot Conover, General Mills; Jessica Newman, McCain Foods
12:55 p.m. MT
Pitch Session: Brands and Supply Chain
Sara Clow, Applied Ecological Institute and EcoExchange
LUNCH | 1:15 p.m. MT
2:20 p.m. MT
Innovation for Regeneration
Moderated by: Koen van Seijen, Toniic
Panelists: Ashlie Burkart MD, Germin8 Ventures; Connie Bowen, Farmhand Ventures
3:15 p.m. MT
Breakout Discussions
- Exploring the Protein Spectrum
- Building Equity into Regen Ag Investing
- Understanding Certification & Verification Programs
4:15 p.m. MT
Ecosystem Services Market Update: Getting Farmers Paid
Laura Klein, Perennial & Megan Machmuller, Colorado State University
4:45 p.m. MT
Pitch Session: MRV and Other Innovations
5:05 p.m. MT
Key Take-Aways
5:15 p.m. MT
Closing Remarks
CLOSING DRINKS | 5:15-6:30 p.m. MT
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Regen Food Systems & Farm Tour

The Regen Food Systems & Farm Tour is an optional add-on experience taking place on October 11. The tour will provide an inside look at McCauley Family Farms, a regenerative farm near Boulder, and the Boulder Valley School District Central Kitchen. Following the tour attendees will enjoy a unique on-farm networking experience, complete with only the finest farm-to-table food.

Join us on Tuesday, October 11 as we explore the regenerative food system nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountains near Boulder. Spots are limited for the tour, so register soon to reserve your spot!

Thank you to our Tour Sponsor

Day One
Tuesday, October 11
12:30 p.m. MT
Check-in for tour at conference hotel
1:00 p.m. MT
Depart from conference hotel
2:00 p.m. MT
Arrive at Boulder Valley School District Central Kitchen
Tour guide: Mara Fleishman, Chef Ann Foundation
3:30 p.m. MT
Arrive at McCauley Family Farm
Tour guide: Marcus McCauley
4:30 p.m. MT
Regenerative Happy Hour
Featuring chef prepared local regenerative and organic foods
6:30 p.m. MT
Arrive back at conference hotel

Learn more about our stops!

McCauley Family Farms

Established in 2012, McCauley Family Farms is a regenerative whole-farm ecosystem that nourishes people and planet. Along with the high mountain snowmelt that irrigates the fields through historic canal, the people that contribute to the farm—staff, volunteers, interns, friends, family, neighbors, and customers—are its lifeblood. The farm is founded on the belief that people and planet can be healed with delicious food. As a unique and vibrant node in the expanding local food system web, McCauley Family Farms is connecting the dots between consumers and crops, produce and people, seeds and souls.

On the farm you will find fermentation, local seeds, perennial crops and herbs, fruit trees, pastured chickens, sustainable honey, sheep, pigs, alpaca, a llama, and most days. Marcus will share his journey as an organic and regenerative producer, how he built his operation, the headwinds he faced along the way and next steps on the journey.

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Speakers

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Attend

This is THE gathering for learning how and where to invest capital into agriculture and food for financial and impact returns. Whether you have been engaged in the regenerative space for decades or just a little curious, this event offers unparalleled insight and networking opportunities.

Who should attend?

  • Investors, fund managers, foundations
  • Financial advisors and other investment services
  • Entrepreneurs and producers
  • Food companies, agricultural and food service providers
  • Advocates for healthy food systems

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Venue

The 2022 RFSI Forum will be held in the heart of Denver at The Cable Center. The Cable Center is a high-tech, high-impact, contemporary building situated on the campus of Denver University. The Cable Center was created to be hub for advancing innovation & entrepreneurship to drive the connectivity industry.

2000 Buchtel Blvd South | Denver, CO 80210

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Hotel

RFSI has secured a room block at a special rate for conference attendees at Clayton Members Club & Hotel, 233 Clayton St, Denver, CO 80206. This high-end hotel is conveniently located 3 miles from The Cable Center and within walking distance to a large selection of restaurants and bars in the Cherry Creek District. The hotel also has a Mediterranean restaurant, cocktail lounge and gym!

*** Please book your stay by September 9 and use our custom booking page linked here to receive the group discount: 

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Thank you to Our Sponsors

CO-PRESENTING SPONSOR

Trailhead Capital

Trailhead Capital is a mission-driven investment firm seeking to create outstanding financial, societal, and ecological returns by backing entrepreneurs who are building the regenerative future of food and agriculture.

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CO-PRESENTING SPONSOR

Biome Capital Partners

Biome Capital Partners is a builder of profitable, regenerative agriculture ecosystems. To create value, they invest in land, in growers, and in the cracks in the road from soil to plate.

Further information

DIAMOND SPONSOR

Big Path Capital

With one of the largest networks of impact investors, Big Path Capital works with leading positive impact companies and funds assisting in raising capital and executing mergers and acquisitions, including for many sustainable agriculture and agtech companies and funds.

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CLOSING DRINKS

Propagate

Propagate offers design & agronomic software as well as project development and financing services. Their platform, Overyield, makes it easy for farms to implement regenerative practices by providing access to agronomic insights, technical assistance, and financing so that farms can reduce risk while integrating fruit, nut and timber trees with animal or crop farming systems.

Further information

COFFEE BREAKS

Perennial

Perennial is the leading measurement, reporting, and verification (MRV) platform for soil-based carbon removal. The platform supports project developers and the food supply chain in monitoring soil carbon and net emissions, while reducing or eliminating the need for soil sampling and practice data.

Further information

RECEPTION

Provenance Capital Group

PCG is a financial services firm, based in San Francisco, that focuses on raising capital for regenerative and circular enterprises and funds. We challenge the assumption that the capital markets should be driven by short term financial thinking. Instead, we collaborate with companies and investors to transition to an economy that includes people, planet, and profit.

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FARM TOUR

Iroquois Valley Farmland REIT, PBC

We work with mission-driven investors to provide organic and regenerative farmers with land security and working capital through long-term leases, mortgages, and lines of credit. Our REIT is incorporated as a Public Benefit Corporation & B Corp.

Further information

GOLD SPONSOR

Impact Ag Partners

Impact Ag Partners is an agricultural real asset management company who identifies value opportunities in real asset markets and delivers annual cash yields from the operations. We partner with investors through separate managed accounts to make direct investments in agricultural assets.

Further information

GOLD SPONSOR

SLM Partners

SLM Partners is an investment manager that uses investment capital to scale up regenerative agriculture and forestry. We invest in land and real assets alongside expert local operators. Founded in 2009, we are active in the USA, Europe and Australia.

Further information

GOLD SPONSOR

Applied Ecological Institute

A nonprofit startup studio delivering global scale, nature based solutions for a climate positive future.

Further information

GOLD SPONSOR

EcoEXchange Ventures

Focused capital, working with nature, producing significant returns.

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GOLD SPONSOR

Vayda

Vayda is a farming company advancing regenerative agriculture through outcomes-based management and services. Through our Regenerative Management System, and Impact Marketing, we partner with stakeholders across the supply chain to make the transition possible and profitable.

Further information

GOLD SPONSOR

Proof of Impact

Proof of Impact (POI) is the leading B2B SaaS ESG and Impact Data Intelligence Platform. The company incorporates a micro-services architecture to collect, visualize, and analyze ESG and impact data.

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GOLD SPONSOR

#NoRegrets Initiative

The #NoRegrets Initiative is an integrated relationship-centered approach to land and asset management that uses a variety of capital – ecological, financial and social – to grow healthy soil and healthy communities while affecting change in our agricultural food system.

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Food and Beverage Donors

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Ale's Ice Cream
Biota
White Leaf Provisions
Singing Pastures
Lil Bucks
Mariah Vineyards
Philosopher Foods
Quinn
Amaz Yerbe Mate
Wild Orchard Regenerative Teas

Become a Sponsor

Sponsors of the RFSI Forum are the organizations on the forefront of the transition to a more regenerative food system. Sponsorship packages offer value and flexibility for diverse types of businesses, including:

  • Increased visibility and thought-leadership among a unique investor and activator community
  • Opportunity to showcase your expertise and services
  • Media coverage before, during and after event
  • Branding throughout the event

For information on our exclusive sponsorship packages, please contact Anthony here →

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Join this growing list of companies who have committed to attend

Current Data
4P Foods
Accountable Earth
Agriforce Seeds
Agthentic Group
AGXactly Crop Insights
Akiptan
Alexandre Family Farms
Align Impact
Ascribe Bio
Basil's Harvest
Biodynamic Association
Biome Capital
Bionutrient Food Association
Bionutrient.org
Bogdan Agriculture Systems
Boomitra
BrightFarms
California FarmLink
Central Grazing Company
Ceres Community Project
Cienega Capital
Cloud Agronomics
Coast Range Seed
Cream Co. Meats
Dartmoor Group, LLC
Delta Institute
Derailleur Strategy
EarthSense, Inc.
Echo River Capital
Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC)
Elemental Excelerator
Emerson Collective
Encina Farms
EnVest
Equity Group Investments
Fall Line Capital
FarmRaise
FarmTogether
Farmer's Footprint
First Nations Development Institute
FLINTpro
Friesla
FoodSystem 6
Funders for Regenerative Agriculture
Grantham Foundation
Grapevine Capital, Inc.
Gratitude Railroad
Green Spark Ventures
GreenBiz
Greenfield Robotics Corporation
Gundzik Gundzik Heeger LLP
Handshake Farms
Handsome Brook Farms
Heifer International
Hickory Nut Gap
Imlak’esh Organics
INTO
Kitchen Table Advisors
Land to Market
LIFT Economy
Mad Agriculture | Perennial Fund
Manulife/Hancock Natural Resource Group
Marin Agricultural Land Trust
Markegard Family Grass Fed
Miller Milling Company
Moreland Associates
Nature Tech Nexus
Negative Foods Newsletter
Neulua
New Jersey Community Capital
Next7.org
Nori
Onda Wellness
Planet FWD
Pluton Biosciences
Ponderosa Ventures
Potlikker Capital
Primary BioAg Innovations
ABC
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PT Ranch
Reems California
Re:Farm
ReGen Ventures
Regenerative Agriculture Alliance
Regenerative Food Systems Investment
Regenerative Lands
Regenerative Organic Certification
Regenerative Poultry
Regrow
ReSource
Savanna Institute
Savory Institute
Singing Pastures
SLM Partners
Snacktivist Inc
Soilworks Natural Capital
Spokane Conservation District
Sustainable Grain
Tempathic
Tenacious Ventures
The Nature Conservancy
The Tecovas Foundation
TomKat Ranch
Trace Genomics, Inc.
Triptyk Studios
TrueAlgae
Truett Hurst
Tu Biomics
US Water and Land LLC
Vayda
Vence
White Leaf Provisions
Winrock Internatiional
Wolf Tree Advisors
World Tree

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Hotel

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Oakland Marriott City Center

Book Today

RFSI has secured a room block at a special rate for conference attendees at the Oakland Marriott City Center. This modern, vibrant hotel is conveniently located less than one mile from the Oakland Scottish Rite Center, close to Jack London Square, and within walking distance of a large selection of brewpubs and restaurants. Enjoy farm-to-table cuisine and networking with fellow attendees in the signature restaurant and bar, Iron & Oak, located on the second floor.


Reservation Deadline: Saturday, September 25, 2021

Oakland Marriott City Center | 1001 Broadway | Oakland, CA 94607-4019
(510) 451-4000 | | | Hotel Information | Map & Directions