Mission: Familyfarmed is a non-profit organization committed to expanding 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.
Programs: Market development-creating new markets for family farmers is key to building local food systems as more than 99% of agricultural products consumed in america are purchased through wholesale channels. The organizations' current market development initiatives include: 1. Food hub consulting: familyfarmed. Org has done extensive work researching and developing food hubs to aggregate and/or process food from local farmers. 2. Farmer training: familyfarmed. Org provides technical assistance and training for farmers all over the country on many aspects of selling to wholesale markets, including food safety, post-harvest handling and marketing. 3. Local food procurement: familyfarmed. Org works with many leading buyers of locally grown food including whole foods market, chipotle mexican grill, aramark, goodness greeness, compass group, testa produce, lettuce entertain you, the green chicago restaurant coalition and mariano's to connect them with local food sources. Familyfarmed. Org has also worked extensively with the chicago public schools.
good food festival and conferencefor the past eleven years, familyfarmed has produced the good food festival & conference, in chicago. The good food festival & conference includes a trade show, financing conference, local food policy summit, school food conference and a festival celebration of locally grown and responsibly produced food. The purpose of the event is to link local farmers and family-owned producers of food and farm products with the public, trade buyers, and leaders in the field to foster relationships that facilitate the growth of local food systems.
good food business acceleratorfamilyfarmed's newest program is the good food business accelerator (the "accelerator"). Through the accelerator, we provide intensive technical assistance to good food fellows ("fellows") to help them launch, stabilize and grow their food and farm businesses. Through a six-month intensive program, competitively selected fellows receive customized support through a curriculum, mentorship, staff counsel, workshops and events. By the end of the program, fellows are better equipped to run their businesses, and those needing funding are ready to meet with investors to receive initial or follow-on investments. This strategic, operating and financial mentoring enables fellows to launch or scale their business more soundly and more rapidly, and spurs the development of good food clusters to create more jobs and economic development.
food safetyon-farm food safety is key for farms of all sizes that want to expand their market opportunities and provide a safe product to consumers. As such, familyfarmed offers a nationally significant on-farm food safety program whereby small to mid-scale fruit and vegetable farmers have access to a no-charge, easy-to-use online tool that helps them create a personalized food safety plan and to adopt best practices in food safety. This tool is available in english and spanish at www. Onfarmfoodsafety. Org.