Four Ways You Can Make A Difference

The wonderful thing about the Good Food Festival is that it is a community gathering. Consumers meet farmers meet wholesale buyers and funders…and we all learn that at the root of all this wonderful regional foodshed building are people. So if you came, you met Keith from K & A Organic Roots farm; and Julia from Peasant’s Plot; and Maribeth, Breanne, Jennifer, Teresa, Dave, Josh and LaManda from Peterson Garden Project; and Mike from The Mike Nowak Show. They are people – your friends, your community – and they are building, growing, teaching and laughing at our food system.

And right this minute, they need your help to push their wonderful work forward. They each have crowdfunding campaigns running now that need your support. Your contribution builds the Good Food world you want!

Keith Clute and future farmers!

Keith Clute and future farmers!

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Build A Barn!

Keith and his partner Ann of K & A Organic Roots lost their 100 year old barn to a fire in January. Help them build a new barn to process and store their organic produce before it ships to Chicagoans who need and want this Good Food! Follow this link to do your part.

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Support and receive the Peasant's Plot calendar, illustrated by Julia!

Support and receive the Peasant’s Plot calendar, illustrated by Julia!

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Vegetables Are People, Too

Julia and her husband Todd at Peasant’s Plot bring CSA veggies to town and they have some infrastructure improvements they’d like to make to be more efficient. Supporting them could also mean you get the cool, Julia-illustrated veggie calendar or, for a larger donation, you get Rent-A-Todd – farmer Todd comes to your backyard garden to give organic growing advice! Follow this link to do your part. Deadline is April 28.

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Fearless.

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Fearless In ’14

You know and love LaManda and crew at the Peterson Garden Project. Now they ‘re opening the Fearless Food Teaching Kitchen in the Broadway Armory. As you see in their hilarious video though, they need some funds to stock the kitchen with, well, pots, pans and other vital kitchen utensils. Help them buy a whisk! Save Chef Jeff from the embarrassment of mixing eggs on the counter for lack of a bowl! Watch, laugh, and do your part here. Deadline is April 19.

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illustration by Allyson Hunter

illustration by Allyson Hunter

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Attack of the Killer Asparagus

Maybe you feel the gardening and food world takes itself a little too seriously. For you, we have Mike Nowak and his irreverent garden writings culled from his years of writing for Chicagoland Gardening Magazine. His witty writing comes together in his new book, Attack of the Killer Asparagus. If that title isn’t enough for you, here’s a snippet:

“It’s important to be able to identify the various levels of shade. The horticultural texts are always referring to “dappled shade.” Who are those people? Have they been spending their Sundays in the park with George? Are they looking at the world through dappled-shaded glasses? Real gardeners know that there is no such thing as “dappled shade.” In the real world, gardeners confront “3-flat shade,” “skyscraper canyon shade,” “can’t see my trowel in front of my face shade,” “forget about it shade,” “not even a stalagmite will grow here shade,” “dark as an advertising executive’s heart shade,” and “abandon hope all ye who enter here shade.” Not pretty choices, if you ask me.”

Follow this link to assure your copy of Mike’s book! Deadline is April 1.

 

 

 

 

Celebrating 10 Years!

Ten years ago, FamilyFarmed.org launched the Good Food Festival & Conference, which at the time was the first and only local, sustainable food and farm trade show in America. As peoples’ interest in eating healthful, local foods and supporting local food-based economies has grown, the Good Food Festival & Conference has grown too!

We’re so excited and proud to bring you what we know will be the best Good Food Festival & Conference yet! Thanks to our good friends at Media 4 Community for this short retrospective of the past decade of Good Food. They’ve captured on this short video the essence of what we do and why, and we couldn’t be happier to share it with all of you.

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Preserve It!

Photo © Grant Kessler

Photo © Grant Kessler

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Looking to up your kitchen game? Saturday’s Good Food Festival has a stellar lineup of workshops to take your culinary skills to the next level.

Food network star Amy Thielen will be pulling from her Midwestern roots and whipping up Small Batch Preserves. She’ll inspire your spring trips to the farmers market as she demos her homemade raspberry syrup and baked rhubarb served with Organic Valley yogurt. [Read more...]