Our annual conference, entering its 31st year, draws a diverse audience of rural and urban farmers, industry professionals, entrepreneurs, educators, advocates, homesteaders, and others for intensive learning on sustainable agriculture and food system topics.
Our overarching goals for the conference are to:
We are hopeful that we’ll be able to safely gather in person for our 2022 Conference. We also realize a level of uncertainty remains as we plan our next event. Our current plan is:
Though we are reasonably confident we will be able to gather in person, it’s possible we will need to make significant adjustments to our agenda and set up to adhere to safety precautions. For example, virus mitigation efforts may limit the number of sessions we can host as well as the number of people we can host.
We are also planning for the possibility that we may need to transition to hosting all sessions virtually.
Deadline for submitting proposals: June 14, 2021
Final notification of proposal status: September 30, 2021
Note: We evaluate proposals throughout the open RFP window, and may be in touch with feedback prior to the final notification of proposal status.
We work with a volunteer committee to assemble conference programming that reflects and meets the needs of our diverse audiences. We evaluate proposals using the following criteria:
You’re welcome to contact us for feedback on your ideas prior to submission. Please contact Conference Manager Kristin Hoy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 814-349-9856 x705.
To prepare for the possibility of needing to host some or all conference sessions virtually, all proposed sessions must be 60–90 minutes, including time for discussion or Q&A. You are welcome to propose multiple related sessions to form a series, but they should be designed to accommodate participants who will only attend one or some of the sessions in the series, as well as participants who will attend all of the sessions in the series.
Note: Trade Show programming will be arranged separately from this proposal process. If you are interested in presenting a short (up to 20 minute) session on our Trade Show stage about a product or project, please contact Conference Manager Kristin Hoy at email@example.com.
If your session(s) is accepted, we’ll work with you to refine the content to align with our conference goals and audience expectations (if needed). We’ll also help you prepare for presenting at the conference. Expect to be able to attend 2–3 meetings with Pasa staff.
Some virtual sessions will need to include pre-recorded content, which will be done with support from Pasa. We encourage using our virtual tools for sharing resources like links and handouts with attendees to enrich your session.
Approximately 50% of conference attendees are current farmers—over half of whom have farmed for eight or more years. Another 15% of attendees plan to start farming in the next three years. More than 80% of attendees grow agricultural products in some way. Considering this, we strive to focus much of the conference programming on farm production, business, and marketing topics; however, we also seek to cover a broad range of issues relevant to the sustainable agriculture movement.
We are seeking a variety of session proposals that meet the needs and interests of the following groups:
We will organize our programming under the following themes:
As a nonprofit education organization, we try to stretch our budget as far as possible to maximize the impact of our program. We also understand that some speakers may need additional support to participate in our conference. When you fill out the proposal form, you will have the opportunity to share your compensation needs. Here are some guidelines regarding compensation requests:
Click the button below to submit your proposal using our online form. To submit multiple proposals, you will need to complete the form once for each submission.
You will be able to save your progress. After submission, the primary contact you list will receive a copy of the responses.