How do I get more involved in the SFA?

Please join us as an SFA member. We also encourage you to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and check our calendar to find out about SFA events in your area.

How do I submit an article to Gravy?

Gravy accepts unsolicited submissions under 1,000 words. Please send your submission to Sara Camp Arnold. Please allow 3–4 weeks for a response.

Where do I buy a “Make Cornbread, Not War” hat?

Our dear friends at Billy Reid make those rad hats. And other SFA-inspired stuff, too. You can shop in their stores or online.

What are the benefits of joining the SFA?

So glad you asked! As a member, your dollars are supporting the mission and vision of the SFA. You help us do what we do. In addition, other benefits include:

* a subscription to our Gravy quarterly

* advance notice of SFA events, including the ability to register for the Symposium and Summer Symposium

* access to the SFA Member Directory

I’m a student. How do I become an intern with the SFA?

If you are not a student at the University of Mississippi, the best way to get involved with the SFA is to come volunteer at our annual symposium, held in Oxford every October. Contact Mary Beth Lasseter if you are interested in becoming a volunteer.

How do I host an event for the SFA?

Wow, thanks! Please click here to read our guidelines for hosting a Piggy Bank Dinner. And if you’ve never been to an SFA event before, we invite you to attend one (or two, or more!) before becoming a host.

Do you take guest bloggers?

In general, we invite guest bloggers to write for us. If you’ve got an idea for a series of 4–6 blog posts that you think we’ll love, please e-mail Sara Camp Milam

I want to visit SFA World Headquarters. Where are you?

We LOVE visitors here at the SFA World Headquarters! You can visit our funky office any time (or at least, Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm), in Barnard Observatory on the campus of the University of Mississippi. Click here for a map. We might even have pie.

I’d like to invite an SFA staffer to talk to my organization. How do I make arrangements?

We are pleased to speak with your group via Skype or in person whenever it’s feasible. To make a request and help identify the right person for your needs, please begin by contacting Melissa Hall. We make it a point to pay for speakers’ travel to our own events, and we hope you’ll understand that we will expect similar consideration from your organization.

Where can I find a copy of Gravy quarterly? 

The best way to make sure you receive every copy of Gravy is to become an SFA member! You can also find Gravy at Square Books in Oxford, MS; A Capella Books in Atlanta, GA; Star Provisions in Atlanta, GA; The Stacks in New Orleans, LA; Cochon Butcher in New Orleans, LA; the Alabama Chanin Factory in Florence, AL; and Parnassus Books in Nashville, TN. 

If you would like to carry Gravy in your bookstore or other establishment, please contact Mary Beth Lasseter.

How do I obtain an SFA film to screen at my event?

We most often screen SFA films at events that are sponsored by the SFA or put on by others as a fundraiser in our benefit. Melissa Hall is happy to chat with you about other film requests on a case-by-case basis.

How do I check on the status of my SFA membership?

Our membership directory is coming soon! Until then, just e-mail us. We’ll check for you!

What is your relationship to the University of Mississippi?

SFA is an institute of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi. Our World Headquarters (SFAWHQ) are inside Barnard Observatory on the university campus.

Do you offer grants to documentarians or film producers?

We do offer documentary film grants on a limited basis through our Greenhouse Films initiative. Stay tuned to our website and social media, where we will send out a call for film proposals approximately twice per year. We also encourage you to visit our Vimeo page to get an idea of the projects we commission and/or fund. If you have more questions, email Sara Camp Milam.

Where should I direct media inquiries?

Please e-mail Melany Robinson at Polished Pig Media.

How do I keep up with SFA content, events, and news?

There’s always something fresh and new on our website, and we don’t want you to miss any of it. Add to your RSS feed or follow us on social media to get all the latest updates.


Twitter: (@potlikker) 

Instagram: (@southernfoodways)

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I’m interested in collaborating with the SFA on a project. What’s the best way to learn about the culture of the organization?

The SFA created this online primer for prospective collaborators. Click here to download a copy.

How does the SFA operate? What is it like in the SFA offices?

Read through our mission, vision, and values, and you might get a better sense of how we work. If you want more specifics, click here to view a more detailed presentation of the SFA.