A Good Food Movement Leader and Innovator

FamilyFarmed is a national leader in building the Good Food Movement and developing regional, sustainable food systems.

Naturally Chicago

Naturally Chicago’s mission is to foster sustainable and responsible practices while stimulating conscious growth, entrepreneurship and exceptional leadership in the region’s natural and consumer products sector. Naturally Chicago is an affiliate of the Naturally Network based in Boulder, Colorado, and operates a program of FamilyFarmed, a Chicago-based 501(c)(3) organization that has worked across the Good Food spectrum to help build a better food system. Meet the board members who are helping shape Naturally Chicago.

Naturally Chicago Website
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Naturally Chicago

Naturally Chicago’s mission is to foster sustainable and responsible practices while stimulating conscious growth, entrepreneurship and exceptional leadership in the region’s natural and consumer products sector. Naturally Chicago is an affiliate of the Naturally Network based in Boulder, Colorado, and operates a program of FamilyFarmed, a Chicago-based 501(c)(3) organization that has worked across the Good Food spectrum to help build a better food system. Meet the board members who are helping shape Naturally Chicago.

Naturally Chicago Website

Good Food EXPO

FamilyFarmed’s annual Good Food EXPO began in 2004 as the Local Organic Trade Show, the first event of its kind. The event has been foundational in building local food infrastructure and creating lasting relationships that have helped push the Good Food Movement forward. A decade and a half later, the demand for local food is greater than the supply, everyone is more conscious of where our food comes from, and large buyers — including grocery stores, distributors and institutions — are rushing to keep up with the rapidly changing marketplace. The current fifth cohort is scheduled to graduate in late April 2019.

Good Food EXPO Website
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5,500+

attendees

150+

unique vendors

Good Food Accelerator

Launched in fall 2014, the Good Food Accelerator program provides competitively selected Fellows with an intensive six-month curriculum, mentorship, networking opportunities, ongoing resources and connections to sources of financing. To date, 35 businesses have successfully completed the program, and the majority of Alumni have demonstrated significant growth.  Upon graduation, GFA alumni have seen an average 133 percent increase in markets, 245 percent sales increase, 69 percent increase in FTEs, 8 percent profit margin increase, and a combined total of $15M+ in financing. When combined with our Financing and Innovation Conference, businesses in our network have raised more than $80 million to date. Half of the participating businesses have been woman-or-minority led, underscoring FamilyFarmed’s dedication to diversity. We are currently recruiting for the sixth cohort. Save the date of November 6 for the 2019 Good Food Financing & Innovation Conference at Morgan Manufacturing Chicago.

Good Food Accelerator Website
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43 businesses

have successfully completed the program to date, and have demonstrated significant growth

Good Food Accelerator

Launched in fall 2014, the Good Food Accelerator program provides competitively selected Fellows with an intensive six-month curriculum, mentorship, networking opportunities, ongoing resources and connections to sources of financing. To date, 35 businesses have successfully completed the program, and the majority of Alumni have demonstrated significant growth.  Upon graduation, GFA alumni have seen an average 133 percent increase in markets, 245 percent sales increase, 69 percent increase in FTEs, 8 percent profit margin increase, and a combined total of $15M+ in financing. When combined with our Financing and Innovation Conference, businesses in our network have raised more than $80 million to date. Half of the participating businesses have been woman-or-minority led, underscoring FamilyFarmed’s dedication to diversity. We are currently recruiting for the sixth cohort. Save the date of November 6 for the 2019 Good Food Financing & Innovation Conference at Morgan Manufacturing Chicago.

Good Food Accelerator Website

Farmer Training

There would be no Good Food without great, productive farmers. And growing young farmers is a critical national need, as the USDA reports the average age of farmers in the United States is nearly 60. FamilyFarmed has helped producers improve their skills with workshops that have trained more than 14,700 farmers in 43 states. Our farmer training program was built around our Wholesale Success manual, a farmer’s guide to food safety, selling, postharvest handling and packing produce. In 2017, FamilyFarmed expanded the program to include Direct Market Success, a farmer’s guide to selling at farmers markets, farmstands, through CSAs or online marketplaces and to restaurants, and a series of Food Safety Training workshops designed to give small to mid-scale produce growers the tools to comply with best practices in food safety and to introduce writing on-farm food safety plans.

Farmer Training Website
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14,700

trained farmers

43 states

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Good Food Financing & Innovation Conference

FamilyFarmed’s Good Food Financing & Innovation Conference is the Midwest’s premier event for thought leaders, innovators, stakeholders and entrepreneurs to learn, connect, cultivate ideas and drive innovation in Chicago’s booming Good Food business  and investment landscape. Businesses in FamilyFarmed’s network, which includes the Good Food Accelerator, have generated more than $80 million in financing.

Good Food Financing and Innovation Website
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Good Food Financing & Innovation Conference

FamilyFarmed’s Good Food Financing & Innovation Conference is the Midwest’s premier event for thought leaders, innovators, stakeholders and entrepreneurs to learn, connect, cultivate ideas and drive innovation in Chicago’s booming Good Food business  and investment landscape. Businesses in FamilyFarmed’s network, which includes the Good Food Accelerator, have generated more than $80 million in financing.

Good Food Financing and Innovation Website

Good Food is Good Medicine

FamilyFarmed seeks to build on its success as a thought leader in the Good Food movement by expanding one of its most popular event series: Good Food is Good Medicine. This program aims to promote food and health literacy in communities across the Chicagoland region, and inspire deeper understanding of how food choices affect health.

Good Food is Good Medicine Website
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Good Food News

Good Food News is intended to be a primary source for people who are interested in the Good Food movement, in its myriad aspects. The goal is to raise the profile of the Good Food movement and the opportunities it is creating. It is telling the stories, many of them inspirational, of pioneers and successful entrepreneurs who have been driving the movement in all of its many aspects, from farm to market to table. And, we hope, it will raise awareness of success stories that also serve as replicable models, which people all over can adopt in their personal lives and their communities.

Good Food News Website