North America Food & Farm Inc (NAF2) is raising funds to defray the expenses for a quarterly organizational development/educational event, which also doubles as our Grand Opening for Birmingham Food & Farm PBC (BF2AL).
The idea of a quarterly "Strategy & Training Gathering" for our firm North America Food & Farm Inc (NAF2) came to me in the midst of failing to pull off the usual scale of our annual Winter Planning Retreat, which traditionally occurs in later January or early February of each year. It occurred to me that perhaps there was a need for smaller organizational and personnel development events for our company that happened periodically throughout the year in combination with a larger opportunity to shift directions as a business during our yearly retreat institution. Innovation borne our of perceived failure has been a hallmark of my life and this enterprise.
Since reactivating our operations at the beginning of this year and formally incorporating as a new legal entity on March 6th 2020, NAF2 has experienced exponential growth on the foundation of our prototype Affiliate Atlanta Food & Farm PBC (AF2GA). The quality of people that have chosen to make working with us part of their careers has been extraordinary and stellar, given the need to rebuild our portfolio while I recruited these folks. A core of our former AF2 clients and customers like Sweet Potato Cafe and Healthful Essence chose to resign with us, as well as new contracts with outstanding community-based enterprises like Green Love Kitchen and Westview Corner Grocery have joined our expanding "NAF2 Nation" as recipients of our products and services.
In order to continue our growth as well as effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges, we are holding the NAF2 Q2 Strategy & Training Gathering (S&TG) on June 27th in Birmingham AL as well as virtually through Facebook Live. Over 100 of our personnel members, Preferred Contractors/Vendors, and Strategic Partners are invited to participate as we report on our journey since the Q2 S&TG held in Atlanta March 6th-8th, map out plans for the next quarter, and generally celebrate being alive together! The them "Moving to The Magic City" was chosen to reflect our commitment to continued replication of our business model in cities across the North American continent, as well as our particular enthusiasm for showing up in Birmingham. We believe "the other Capitol of the South" is poised to exceed the amazing achievements of Atlanta with the rapidly ascending local food system and urban agriculture sectors of the general sustainability industry.
We need your help to defray the expenses for this important event. Leaning on our community engagement expertise, we have put together a lean event with frugal budget which still manages to invest with local businesses in Birmingham who themselves support urban agriculture (for instance, our lunch caterer will be Chef John Hall of Post Office Pies who will prepare pizzas and salads made with hyper-local ingredients). Due to COVID-19, most participants of this event will join us virtually. However, we felt it is important for our executive leadership team and other core company personnel to be present together (with appropriate health protocols in place of course).
Your contributions will cover travel expenses for those who cannot afford to attend otherwise, food costs, venue rental fees, and collateral materials for the event. We invite you to enjoy one of our delicious levels of gifts for your contribution, or simply to wish us well will a love offering. Either way, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Birmingham or Bust! - Kwabena "Cubby" Nkromo, CEO & Founder - Citizen Farmer
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