FamilyFarmed.org, Good Food Advocates and Educators
Mission: FamilyFarmed.org is a nonprofit working to expand the production, marketing and distribution of locally-grown and responsibly-produced food, in order to enhance the social, economic and environmental health of our communities.
Location: Based in Oak Park, Ill., FamilyFarmed.org works regionally and nationally
Activities and Achievements:
FamilyFarmed.org's Good Food Festival & Conference has been held eight times in Chicago and is considered by many to be the most developed gathering that promotes the Good Food movement. The conference includes a trade show, public policy summit, financing conference, and consumer trade show, plus the Localicious party. The conference has also been held twice in Los Angeles, Calif.
FamilyFarmed.org is a national leader in food hub development and has done extensive work researching and developing facilities that aggregate and/or process food from local farmers and commercial customers. In 2011, the group helped launch three food aggregation facilities. FamilyFarmed.org is the publisher of "Building Successful Food Hubs" a how-to guide for food entrepreneurs.
FamilyFarmed.org works to build the overall supply chain of local food by providing technical assistance to farmers, connecting wholesale buyers with producers, and helping to create infrastructure that supports the growth of these systems. The group works with many leading buyers of local food, including Whole Foods Market, Chipotle, Goodness Greeness, Sysco, Compass Group, and others.
FamilyFarmed.org provides technical assistance and training to farmers. They published Wholesale Success: A Farmer’s Guide to Selling, Postharvest Handling and Packing Produce. It is the basis for their WholesaleSuccess farmer workshops that have trained more than 5,000 farmers in recent years with the support of the USDA.
FamilyFarmed.org developed the On-Farm Food Safety Project to give small to mid-size farmers the tools to comply with best practices in food safety. Created in partnership with the USDA, FDA, and national food safety leaders, the tool is available at our website www.OnFarmFoodSafety.org.
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