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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.

Over the past 15 years, FamilyFarmed has established itself as a lead innovator in promoting what we call Good Food: delicious, healthy, accessible food, grown as close to home as possible, by family farmers and producers using sustainable, humane and fair practices.


By bringing together farmers, food producers, trade buyers, investors, individuals, families and other key stakeholders, we have helped grow the sales of Good Food, facilitated financing for food and farm businesses, and inspired entrepreneurs and NGOs toward greater innovation.


The Good Food Festival & Conference, a three-day event held annually in Chicago, is the centerpiece of FamilyFarmed’s calendar and its highest-profile program. Its features include the traditional trade show and marketplace, in which many of the types of operations that benefit from our training programs participate, and a CSA Pavilion that enables community supported agriculture farms — some of them located in east central Illinois — to promote their businesses and attract new customers.


The Good Food Business Accelerator, launched in fall 2014, provides competitively selected fellows with an intensive six-month curriculum, mentorship, networking opportunities and connections with investors.


FamilyFarmed’s farmer training programs include curriculum for wholesale and direct marketing success and food safety. These programs are built around our publications Wholesale Success: A Farmers’ Guide to Food Safety, Selling, Postharvest Handling, and Packing Produce and Direct Marketing Success: A Farmer’s Guide to farmers market, CSA, Farmstand, Online and Restaurant Sales. Through the end of 2016 these resources have trained more than 12,500 farmers in 41 states.


In addition, FamilyFarmed created and manages the website, which provides user-friendly templates that enable farmers to create their own on-farm food safety plans.

FamilyFarmed has trained more than 12,500 local and sustainable farmers in wholesale and direct marketing and food safety.


Central Illinois, Chicago Metro Area, Eastern Illinois, Iowa, Nationwide, Northern Illinois, Northern Kentucky, Northwest Indiana, Southern Wisconsin, Southwest Michigan, Southwest Wisconsin


225 W Hubbard St., Suite 650, Chicago, IL 60654


James Pirovano
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