Good Food Expo
We produce the leading local and sustainable food trade show, financing and innovation conference, policy conference, and consumer food festival in the Midwest. Visit the Good Food Expo website.
The Good Food Accelerator is driven by the social mission to advance the Good Food movement and support businesses, systems, and infrastructure that share these values and promote the growth of local food.
FamilyFarmed: Accelerating Good Food
FamilyFarmed is a national leader in facilitating new financing for Good Food businesses. We have helped businesses raise more than $38 million in food investments in recent years. We work with leading trade buyers including Whole Foods Market, UNFI, KeHE, Local Foods, Treasure Island, Natural Direct, Compass Group, US Foods, , and others. Visit us at FamilyFarmed.org. Meet our team here.
Training and Technical Assistance
We train thousands of farmers and food producers each year. Our Wholesale Success and Direct Market Success training program and manuals are nationally recognized for their effectiveness. A number of food hubs and commercial kitchens have launched as a result of our technical assistance.
Whole Foods Market, the nation’s largest natural foods supermarket chain, and UNFI, the nation’s leading distributor of natural and organic food, are strategic partners on the GFA project. Lead funding for the GFA comes from Food:Land:Opportunity – Localizing the Chicago Foodshed, an initiative of the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust that seeks to strengthen the resiliency of the region by increasing the supply of local and sustainable food. Other partners include the U.S. Small Business Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and 1st Farm Credit Services.