The RSF Social Finance family

The RSF Social Finance family

In a local food system, there is a network of people that are vital to the creation of what we eat. Last week, we introduced you to POST's work in farmland preservation, offering Peninsula farmers a place to do what they do best--grow food. Today, we turn to another important part of our local food network--financing. Returning for their second year, Grazing at the Kitchen Table Sponsor RSF Social Finance invests in local food infrastructure with a vision of cultivating a more sustainable and equitable food system. Senior Lending Manager Kate Danaher offers a glimpse into RSF's mission-aligned investment approach and shares her excitement to connect with our Bay Area food community at Grazing.

RSF Social Finance is dedicated to transforming the way the world works with money. We strive to change the conventional financial and philanthropic system to one that is direct, transparent, and personal in its relationship with people. Originally founded in 1936 as the Rudolf Steiner Foundation, RSF offers lending, investing, and giving opportunities that support social enterprises addressing key issues in the areas of food and agriculture, education and the arts, and ecological stewardship.

At RSF, we are intentional in our approach to recreate the food system into one that is equitable and just. Our investment strategy focuses on strengthening local food infrastructure, which provides many benefits, including greater access to otherwise unreached markets for small-scale farmers in the Kitchen Table Advisors community. In Northern California, our financial and giving work has resulted in the expansion of social enterprises like Veritable Vegetable, an organic produce distributor and fellow Grazing 2016 Sponsor.

Our greatest hope is to build a system where small to medium-sized food producers can grow and make delicious food with integrity. This new system will be characterized by compassion and interdependence with consumers who have a stake in its success.

Like the farmers and chefs who attend Grazing, we are committed to changing the paradigm of the food system. There is a yearning for more connection to both each other, and the earth that provides us with so much. At Grazing, this connection is palpable through the amazing community that comes together from all parts of the food system. The evening is made for meeting as many people as possible, and joining a variety of conversations. It's such a dynamic experience!

Grazing at the Kitchen Table takes place from 6.30pm to 9.30pm on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at Dogpatch WineWorks in San Francisco. Tickets go on sale in July. Follow #GrazeAndGive2016 for updates.