Board of Directors

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Hank Adams

|Harvest20, Sportsvision CEO 2002-16

Hank Adams is a technology entrepreneur. He is CEO of Rise Gardens, a startup that used hydroponics  to produce smart, indoor home gardens that enable consumers to grow their own delicious food at home year-round.

Previously, Hank was CEO of Sportsvision Inc., growing the leading sports tech company for 14 years before selling it in 2016. Earlier, Hank was founder and CEO of Real Fans Sports Network, building it into a Top 5 Site on AOL in 1995 as the first social media sports site. America Online bought Real Fans in 1997, but Hank spun Real Fans out from AOL in 1999 to form Ignite Sports Media, which he then subsequently merged with Sportvision in 2002.

Hank currently serves as Chairman of the Chicago Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and is on the Board of Chicago’s 1871 business incubator.  He is an investor, advisor and executive coach to multiple startups, including TeaSquares, a graduate Fellow of FamilyFarmed’s Good Food Accelerator program, and has developed relationships with key food business influencers such as Michael Pollan and Kimbal Musk.

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Dave Donnan

|Investor, Speaker, Partner Emeritus (Retired) at Kearney

Dave Donnan is an accomplished business leader and consultant with significant global experience in the agriculture, food and retail industries. Dave is an advisory board member of the Global Midwest Alliance, Field + Farmer, and the Good Food Accelerator. He serves on the boards of Rubicon Organics,  Naturally Chicago and The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. A champion of innovation in the food sector, he works as a mentor with many entrepreneurs and startups in the agriculture and food industry.

During his career, Dave has managed operating companies, run food plants and consulted to leading global retail and consumer product companies in technology and supply chain strategies, brand growth and market positioning. He is a partner emeritus with Kearney, a global management-consulting firm. He lives in Chicago with his wife Karen.

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Charlotte Flinn

|President, Flinn Consultants (Board Chair)

Charlotte Flinn is co-founder and president of Flinn Consultants, a 25-year-old consulting firm assisting industrial, service, professional, academic, government and not-for-profit clients to achieve and sustain optimum levels of business, leadership and organizational effectiveness. Consulting strengths include strategic planning, leadership and management development and executive coaching.

She is Chair of the FamilyFarmed board and has been associated with the organization for some 15 years. Her leadership with environmental firms, sustainability and urban agriculture initiatives supports her long-standing interest in the environment in a sustainable economy.

Flinn Consultants is best known for its long-term client relationships and its ability to partner with owners, entrepreneurs and senior executives. She lives with her husband Bob in Chicago.

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Anu Goel

|President of Client Growth Solutions with SPINS

Anu Goel is President of Client Growth Solutions with SPINS, the leading data, insights and analytics company focused on the Natural, Organic and Specialty products industries.  In this role, Anu works with hundreds of leading Good Food brands to help them achieve data-driven insights to accelerate growth. Anu also works with leading investors focused on Good Food brands, having built unique solutions to help them find, analyze and invest in winning brands.

Prior to SPINS, Anu was a part of the leadership team at Beam Inc., where he held several Sales & Marketing roles and helped grow the business from $1 billion to $3 billion globally.  Earlier, Anu was as a strategy consultant with McKinsey & Company, serving some of the world’s leading CPG brands on marketing & sales growth strategies.  He started his career in Finance with Brand Equity Ventures, investing in early-stage brand and retail businesses.

On the side, Anu is a Good Food investor and an advisor to non-profit organizations.  When Anu lived in Boston, he served on the Board of HBS Community Action Program, and he currently serves on Junior Achievement Worldwide’s Global Council.  A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Business School, Anu is married with two children and lives in Evanston, IL.

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Anthony Kingsley

|Local & Sustainable Product Lead at US Foods

Anthony Kingsley is the Local & Sustainable Product Lead at US Foods. In his role, Anthony is responsible for working within the Merchandising department to bring local and sustainable products to life. This involves engaging with internal stakeholders to define and standardize the US Foods approach and provide education around the dynamic topic of sustainability, as well as working with customers and external partners to share food provenance with diners and restaurants.

Anthony has more than 10 years’ experience in sustainability and community development in Europe, Southeast Asia, and now the U.S. Before coming to US Food,s Anthony worked as Sustainability & CSR Lead in the food-service management sector in London, U.K. He holds a Master of Science in Sustainability & Management from Royal Holloway, University of London, and a Master of Arts in Politics from University of Birmingham, U.K.

Anthony is an award-winning sustainability professional with extensive experience in environmental impact assessment, food systems, life cycle analysis, community engagement and project management.

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Andrew Lutsey

|Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Greater Chicago Food Depository

Andrew Lutsey joined Greater Chicago Food Depository — the city’s largest food bank for underserved individuals and families — in July 2018. Andrew previously worked closely with FamilyFarmed as co-founder and CEO of Chicago’s Local Foods Distributor and Grocer, which sources from small and medium-sized farms across the Midwest.

After beginning a career in real estate finance and private equity, Andrew found greater calling at Waseda Farms, his family’s 600-acre organic cattle, hog and poultry farm in Door County, WI. Working on the family farm shaped his vision for Local Foods. Under Andrew’s watch as CEO, Local Foods grew to exceed $10 million in annual sales with a team of 45 employees. His primary focus was the oversight of strategic planning, management of the key leadership team, human resources, treasury/financial analysis and investor relations.

Through Andrew’s work at Waseda Farms, Local Foods and consulting, he was involved in business planning, capital and debt financing, strategic planning, financial planning and analysis, operations management, operations analysis, A/P and A/R and many other functions that are inherent to the startup and operations of a food venture. This work helped businesses run more efficiently, operate more profitably, conserve cash, deliver better customer service, mitigate waste and provide clarity and confidence to investors, management and team members about the direction of the company.

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Dr. Edwin McDonald IV

|Assistant Professor Medicine and Associate Director of Adult Clinical Nutrition, UChicago Medicine

Edwin K. McDonald IV, M.D., is dedicated to improving the health of individuals and communities through nutrition education. He works with patients who have small bowel diseases, obesity and other conditions affecting the digestive system.

Ed’s interest in the effects of nutrition on health and disease stem from his experience with Project Brotherhood, an innovative clinic dedicated to providing accessible, affordable care for black men on Chicago’s South Side. While training barbers to serve as health educators, he became keenly aware of the impact of social determinants of health, including the role of nutrition.

In 2012, Ed received a certificate in professional cookery from Kendall College School of Culinary Arts. He recently investigated the effects of vitamin deficiency in patients requiring intravenous feeding and studied the usefulness of fecal calprotectin in patients with inflammatory bowel disease. He also created a web-based mobile program to assess the utility of applications in managing inpatient hepatology patients.

Ed’s work has been funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).

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Jamie Ponce

|Director of Strategic Partnerships, City Tech Collaborative

As Director of Strategic Partnerships with the City Tech Collaborative, Jamie works to drive breakthrough solutions to critical city challenges using technology, analytics, and cross-sector collaboration.

He previously served as Director of Innovation with the Environmental Law & Policy Center, a public interest and environmental advocacy group focused on clean energy, transportation, air, and water.  From 2012-16, Jamie was Chicago Director of Energy and Climate Innovation with the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, where he led initiatives on energy, sustainable development, and climate in the office of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and across a network of global megacities.

Prior to these roles, Jamie spent 10 years with global management consulting firm A.T. Kearney, specializing in corporate strategy, institutional effectiveness, and organizational development.  These efforts — including work with the Rocky Mountain Institute, Africare, and the Environmental Defense Fund — addressed some of the planet’s most pressing challenges across industries and ideologies.

Rooted in his family’s Spanish culinary traditions, having advised consumer packaged food clients, and as the convener of a municipal Good Food Task Force that resulted in Chicago’s becoming the second US city to adopt a Good Food Procurement Policy, Jamie is committed to mission-driven, market-based food system improvement.

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Luke Saunders

|Founder and CEO of Farmer’s Fridge

Luke Saunders is the Founder and CEO of Farmer’s Fridge, a network of automated smart Fridges stocked with wholesome, chef-curated salads, sandwiches, bowls, snacks and more. After establishing a strong following in Chicago, Farmer’s Fridge has expanded to other markets in the Midwest, as well as New York City and Philadelphia.

An entrepreneur at heart, Luke ran his first business, Bears’ Bikes, as an undergraduate at Washington University in St. Louis while majoring in International Studies. Shortly after graduating, a move to Michigan prompted Luke to take a role as a traveling salesman. Regularly challenged by finding fresh food on the road, Luke arrived at the concept for Farmer’s Fridge: good health starts with what we eat and eating well shouldn’t be hard.

Drawing on his entrepreneurial experience, Luke set out to build a disruptive, tech-driven, yet simple way to provide fresh, healthy food for all. The company has been featured in The Atlantic, Entrepreneur, Chicago Tribune, Crain’s, USA Today, NBC Nightly News, Women’s Health and O! Magazine. In 2016, Luke was featured on the Forbes “30 Under 30” list; in 2018, he accepted a Chicago Innovation Award on behalf of Farmer’s Fridge. He lives in Chicago with his wife and son.

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Jim Slama

|CEO & Founder

Jim Slama founded FamilyFarmed at a time when few people recognized the term “Good Food movement,” and demand for locally, sustainably, humanely, and fairly produced food was still a tiny sliver of the overall consumer market.

Under Slama’s leadership during more than 15 years since, FamilyFarmed has become an important catalyst in the booming, consumer-driven rise of the movement. He has helped to build a robust Good Food cluster in the nonprofit’s home base of Chicago while expanding the national scope and impact of its work.

In 2004, Slama created FamilyFarmed’s highest-profile event. Then a one-day Good Food Trade Show aimed at connecting local farmers with trade buyers, the event evolved into what today is the Good Food EXPO, held each March in Chicago, which covers the Good Food spectrum with thought-provoking panels and symposiums featuring leading experts, a food policy conference, a Good Food Marketplace where many of the Midwest’s leading farm and food producers exhibit, and a day-long, family-friendly Good Food Festival that is a big public celebration of the fast-rising Good Food movement.

Two other key elements of FamilyFarmed’s programming grew out of the EXPO. The Good Food Financing & Innovation Conference was founded in 2009 and first held in 2011 in partnership with the University of Chicago Booth School of Business to order to better connect food and farm entrepreneurs with the growing community of investors interested in Good Food businesses. Then the first day of a three-day Good Food EXPO, the Financing & Innovation Conference helped stimulate networking, but also exposed a need for more intensive entrepreneurial development. This need was addressed in 2014 by the creation of the Good Food Accelerator, which provides an intensive six-month Fellowship program for competitively selected entrepreneurs.

The Financing & Innovation Conference and Accelerator have combined over the past few years to help facilitate more than $50 million in financial deals for early-stage food businesses. Having taken on a life of their own, the Financing & Innovation Conference in 2018 was separated from the EXPO as a one-day stand-alone event in which the Accelerator team plays a central role.

The Farmer Training program is a comprehensive program that gives farmers the resources and tools they need to make sure their produce is of the highest quality, to manage food safety and other risks, and to nurture the relationships with customers that they need to be successful. FamilyFarmed has emerged as a national leader in farmer training, and with support of the USDA, we have trained over 14,000 in 43 states.

FamilyFarmed never stands still under Slama’s leadership. The organization on April 30 co-produced the successful Frontera 30th Anniversary Celebration fundraiser with Chef Rick Bayless’ Frontera Farmer Foundation. The organization has also recently held two Good Food is Good Medicine symposiums and is working to develop a broader program focused on the major impact food has on health.

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Jenny

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Jenny Yang

|President, Phoenix Bean Tofu/Jenny's Tofu

Jenny Yang is president of Phoenix Bean Tofu, which also markets under the label of Jenny’s Tofu. Phoenix Bean has been a premier supplier of tofu to the Chicagoland area for more than 30 years, and is currently expanding to a $3.7 million, 10,000 square foot facility on North Broadway in Chicago to meet booming consumer demand and compete with companies on a national scale. Phoenix Bean’s factory in the Edgewater neighborhood was one of the first local sources of fresh tofu, and began by supplying local Chinese restaurants and Asian grocers. Each batch of tofu was handcrafted daily to ensure the freshness and authenticity demanded by an immigrant community (Jenny was born and raised in Taiwan) longing for the tastes of their homeland. Phoenix Bean is now commonly found in Whole Foods Market stores, Mariano’s, and Green City Market in Chicago.

Our Team

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Jim Slama

|CEO & Founder

Jim Slama founded FamilyFarmed at a time when few people recognized the term “Good Food movement,” and demand for locally, sustainably, humanely, and fairly produced food was still a tiny sliver of the overall consumer market.

Under Slama’s leadership during more than 15 years since, FamilyFarmed has become an important catalyst in the booming, consumer-driven rise of the movement. He has helped to build a robust Good Food cluster in the nonprofit’s home base of Chicago while expanding the national scope and impact of its work.

In 2004, Slama created FamilyFarmed’s highest-profile event. Then a one-day Good Food Trade Show aimed at connecting local farmers with trade buyers, the event evolved into what today is the Good Food EXPO, held each March in Chicago, which covers the Good Food spectrum with thought-provoking panels and symposiums featuring leading experts, a food policy conference, a Good Food Marketplace where many of the Midwest’s leading farm and food producers exhibit, and a day-long, family-friendly Good Food Festival that is a big public celebration of the fast-rising Good Food movement.

Two other key elements of FamilyFarmed’s programming grew out of the EXPO. The Good Food Financing & Innovation Conference was founded in 2009 and first held in 2011 in partnership with the University of Chicago Booth School of Business to order to better connect food and farm entrepreneurs with the growing community of investors interested in Good Food businesses. Then the first day of a three-day Good Food EXPO, the Financing & Innovation Conference helped stimulate networking, but also exposed a need for more intensive entrepreneurial development. This need was addressed in 2014 by the creation of the Good Food Accelerator, which provides an intensive six-month Fellowship program for competitively selected entrepreneurs.

The Financing & Innovation Conference and Accelerator have combined over the past few years to help facilitate more than $50 million in financial deals for early-stage food businesses. Having taken on a life of their own, the Financing & Innovation Conference in 2018 was separated from the EXPO as a one-day stand-alone event in which the Accelerator team plays a central role.

The Farmer Training program is a comprehensive program that gives farmers the resources and tools they need to make sure their produce is of the highest quality, to manage food safety and other risks, and to nurture the relationships with customers that they need to be successful. FamilyFarmed has emerged as a national leader in farmer training, and with support of the USDA, we have trained over 14,000 in 43 states.

FamilyFarmed never stands still under Slama’s leadership. The organization on April 30 co-produced the successful Frontera 30th Anniversary Celebration fundraiser with Chef Rick Bayless’ Frontera Farmer Foundation. The organization has also recently held two Good Food is Good Medicine symposiums and is working to develop a broader program focused on the major impact food has on health.

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Bob Benenson

|Communications Manager

As FamilyFarmed’s editorial and content manager, Bob Benenson utilizes the skills he developed during a nearly 40-year career as a journalist. He writes and edits content for FamilyFarmed’s home site and its program-specific websites, including the Naturally Chicago site, and works with all staff to ensure that each site is current, informative and impactful. He also provides written content for social media and other marketing collateral, and has writing and editing roles on fundraising material, project papers, and other FamilyFarmed business. Previously, Bob spent 30 years as a political journalist, including 11 as politics editor, for Congressional Quarterly in Washington, D.C. He and his wife Barb moved to Chicago (her hometown) in 2011, and his employment with FamilyFarmed stemmed from his determination to work for positive change at the grass-roots level. While this was a career change, Bob was no stranger to Good Food: an avid home cook, he was an early adopter at natural food stores such as Whole Foods and at farmers markets, and is a cancer survivor who understands strongly that Good Food Is Good Medicine. His hobbies besides cooking are photography (with an emphasis on nature), sports and music.

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Anna

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Anna Crofts

|Market Development Assistant

Anna plays a key role in supporting the market development and farmer training programs and looks forward to strengthening the local food movement in the Midwest. Anna’s roots in Good Food trace to her experience farming in Argentina in 2013. After graduating from Marymount Manhattan College in 2015, she returned to Argentina to work for a software company, and met people who introduced her to the local food and vegan movement in Buenos Aires. Anna then came back to the U.S. and served as an AmeriCorps Vista participant with the Regional Environmental Council in Worcester, Massachusetts, using her development skills to create a robust fundraising plan and implement new donor-targeted programs. After her service year, Anna worked on an organic vegetable and flower farm in Wayland, Massachusetts. She moved to Chicago in 2018 and, before joining Family Farmed in October 2019, worked for a startup focused on bringing healthy food to schools throughout Chicagoland. Anna enjoys traveling, wandering through farmers markets, exploring Chicago, whipping up new vegetarian recipes, and (as a New Haven, Connecticut native) getting into heated arguments about pizza.

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Katie Daniel

|Director of Operations & Development

Katie Daniel is FamilyFarmed’s development maven, oversees the operations of the growing nonprofit, and is captain of the organization’s Marketing and Communications team.

She’s lived on both coasts to and all around the middle and developed a love affair with food along the way. She comes from a multi-generational dairy farming family in southwest Wisconsin, and graduated with a B.A. in Gender & Women’s Studies from the University of Wisconsin.

Katie began her nonprofit career in Madison, Wis., at the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF).  During that time she also volunteered with the Women’s Medical Fund, assisting low-income women access reproductive healthcare.  After helping FFRF make exponential gains in membership, operations, and fundraising, she moved to Chicago and contributed to development efforts at the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC).

Katie brings nearly a decade in nonprofit management and development to FamilyFarmed. Her love of food and passions for social justice, entrepreneurship, and sustainable agriculture make FamilyFarmed a perfect home. She loves cooking, growing stuff, saving seeds, reading, hiking, floating, camping, video games, Wisconsin, and most of all, EATING.

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Jay McGhee

|Director of Market Development

Jay McGhee oversees FamilyFarmed’s Market Development and Farming Training programs. She is a marketing and business development professional with 15 years of corporate, private and non-profit experience. She earned her BS in Political Science and Pre-Law from Southern Connecticut State University and her M.B.A. from Mercer University. Jay began her career in the private sector where she concentrated on client development, firm messaging, project management, and new business. She has collaborated with partners in the United Arab of Emirates, Italy, and Trinidad/Tobago as the team lead of an international marketing committee with a new business focal point. Over the past 15 years and 4 states, she has served in leadership roles within high profile organizations, focused on business strategy, data analysis, relationship building, and organization visibility. She has also served as a board member for the Legal Marketing Association Southeast, and American Marketing Association, Austin.

Jay’s good food appreciation may be attributed to her south eastern New York upbringing where she was exposed to diverse cultures and cuisines. Jay is a lover of healthy, delicious, good food and enjoys spending some of her spare time creating new recipes. Ask her about her vegan chickpea omelet. It is amazing!

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Shelby Parchman

|Managing Director of Entrepreneurial Programs

Shelby Parchman took on the role of Managing Director for FamilyFarmed’s groundbreaking Entrepreneurial Programs in January 2020, making him the steward of the Good Food Accelerator (GFA), one of the organization’s major success stories. Shelby contributed to those successes over the past few years as GFA’s Financing & Innovation Strategist.

In 2019, he also managed the pilot cohort for the new GFA Extension program, which is aimed at providing increased services to minority and women entrepreneurs in underserved Chicago communities. He will now manage the expansion of this program in his new role.

Shelby is a seasoned entrepreneur who, with a long track record of establishing and growing new businesses, has parlayed this experience into a career focused on assisting start-up and existing business ventures. After obtaining a Dual B.S. in Biology and Chemistry and then a Master’s in Analytical Chemistry, Shelby embarked upon a professional career as a research scientist with Baxter Healthcare Corporation and then the Amoco Corporation.

Whether as an entrepreneur or as a consultant, he has made significant contributions to the development and growth of start-up ventures and established businesses through funding and strategic growth strategies. In this work, he has assisted numerous organizations in obtaining funding through loans, equity, grants, and other financing strategies.

Shelby is a serial entrepreneur who has started many successful small businesses including BHK Laboratories, Inc. and the Functional Beverage Group, Inc. Shelby has taught many entrepreneurs how to start and grow small businesses and has been a featured speaker at workshops sponsored by the City Treasurer’s Office and City of Chicago Office of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection. His work was featured in the Chicago Tribune’s Blue Sky Innovation Section – “Six ways to make sure you don’t tank your business plan.” Prior to becoming Managing Partner of InUrban Strategies LLC, Shelby was the Managing Director of Sunshine Enterprises where he successfully grew an entrepreneurship training and support program from twelve clients served in 2013 to over 300 clients served in 2017.

In late 2017 Shelby formed InUrban Strategies where he focuses on economic development in underserved communities through personal financial strategies, entrepreneurial support, and new business development. Recognizing the potential growth in the good food industry, Shelby has become a partner in the Bronzeville Sausage Company, a rapidly growing company specializing in the development and distribution of chicken sausage products.

Consultants

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Chelsea Callahan Huson

|Entrepreneur Programs Consultant

Before transitioning to her current role as a consultant in January 2020, Chelsea served as Manager of Entrepreneurial Programs and played a crucial role in planning and execution for FamilyFarmed’s Good Food Accelerator.

Chelsea was fortunate enough to grow up in a household that valued good food, which allowed her to develop a passion for sharing good food with others at a young age. After graduating from Northwestern University with a BA in Psychology, Chelsea spent the summer helping develop Sustainable Nantucket’s Farm to School Program and educating kids in their youth garden. That summer Chelsea received just as much of an education as her students and knew she would always work to grow the Good Food Movement.

Throughout her career Chelsea has lived, learned and worked around the world, expanding her food knowledge along the way. She has served as an AmeriCorps at City Harvest in NYC in their nutrition education department, worked on farms in South America, managed the front of house at a bakery in D.C., and assisted in event planning, operations and marketing at a variety of food-focused non-profits, incubators and urban farms. Most recently, from 2016-2019, she worked for FamilyFarmed, managing their Good Food Accelerator program and supporting emerging food entrepreneurs.
In 2015 Chelsea graduated from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, Italy (aka the Slow Food University) with a Master’s in Food Culture and Communications: Human Ecology and Sustainability. She now serves as President of Slow Food Chicago.
In her spare time, you can find Chelsea running around the city, wandering farmer’s markets, cooking up curious concoctions with the best seasonal and local produce, and photographing farms, food and animals (mostly goats). You can take a peek at her work here and on Instagram.
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Atina Diffley

|Lead Trainer – Wholesale Success/On-Farm Food Safety Workshops

Atina Diffley is an organic farmer, activist, public speaker, and author of the 2012 award-winning memoir, Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works. From 1985 to 2008, she and her husband Martin ran the Gardens of Eagan, an urban-edge, organic vegetable farm, which he started in 1973 as one of the first certified organic produce farms in the Midwest. The Diffley’s on-farm projects now include breeding sweet corn; mentoring beginning farmers, and transitioning non-organic land to organic.

Atina’s areas of expertise include post-harvest handling, brand-name marketing, greenhouse management, and organic farming systems. She is a co-author author/editor and lead trainer for Wholesale Success: A Farmers Guide to Selling, Postharvest Handling and Packing Produce, and the editor and designer of Roger Blobaum’s Organic History Website. She presently serves on the boards of the Organic Seed Alliance and the Minnesota Institute of Sustainable Agriculture.

Land use issues have been a central point of entry for the Diffley’s organic advocacy. In 1989, the 5th-generation Diffley family land was lost to suburban development and Atina and Martin collaborated with filmmakers to make the video documentary Turn Here Sweet Corn for PBS broadcasting. The Diffley’s started over on new land, but faced eminent domain again in 2006 when threatened by a crude oil pipeline owned by notorious polluters, Koch Industries. The Diffleys intervened as legal parties in the route proceeding and with the help of over 4,500 letter writing customers, attorney Paula Maccabee, expert witnesses, and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, succeeded in creating an Organic Mitigation Plan that provides protections for the soil and certification of threatened organic farms in Minnesota.

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Bob Gillespie

|CEO at Conference Software Solutions, Financing & Innovation Strategist at Good Food Accelerator

Bob Gillespie is a serial entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in technology, leadership and operations. He believes that the ability to build great teams is the most important factor for success. Companies Bob has founded have gone on to raise over $60M in venture funding with an enterprise value of over $150M. In an advisory role, he has worked extensively with over 100 companies in an accelerator program, with his mentorship and network connections leading to new customers, partnerships and venture funding for the participating companies.

Bob has his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with concentrations in Entrepreneurship and Finance.

Bob loves baseball, is an avid reader, and a passionate traveler. His favorite activity is coaching his son is basketball and baseball. He hopes to visit at least 100 countries in his lifetime. He lives in the Albany Park neighborhood of the greatest city in world.