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
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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