Trade Show, School Food, and Policy Conference – Friday of the Conference

The Good Food Festival & Conference is the oldest local, sustainable trade show in the US!


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Local and Sustainable Products Tradeshow,

Friday 10:00am – 5:30pm

The Good Food Trade Show supports farmers, trade buyers, and other stakeholders to grow their businesses and the Good Food community. Click here for the 2014 list of participating farms, organizations, and businesses!

Meet the Buyers Reception, 5:30 – 7:00pm

Meet the Buyers gives producers and buyers opportunities to connect and create lasting business partnerships. Meet the Buyers is sponsored by FFX Distribution. Click here for more information including a list of 2014′s participating buyers!  


2015 Friday’s Workshop Schedule At a Glance (Food Policy Schedule here)



Detailed Schedule


Detailed Schedule

School Food

Detailed Schedule

8:30-9:00 am


9:00 -10:15 am

Opening Symposium

Jim Slama,

Gail Christopher, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Michael O’Gorman, Farmer Veteran Coalition • Ferd Hefner, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

Shaniece Alexander, Growing Home • Lori Healey, Farm IL

John-Mark Hack, Local Food Association • Fred Kirschenmann, Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture

Jody Osmund, Band of Farmers

10:15 -10:30 am Beginning Farmer of the Year Award
10:00 am -5:30 pm Trade Floor Open
10:45 am –12:00 pm Marketing and Branding for Local Products Production and Processing of Local and Heritage Grains Get Local Food in Your School
12:00 -1:00 pm Lunchtime Keynote
1:00 -2:15 pm Building a Local-Food Supply Chain Through Food Hubs Whole Animal Butchery for Restaurants and Food Service Food Service Infrastructure: What to do with Local Food
2:30 -3:45 pm Local Procurement for Retail and Grocery Business Grow Your Business with Value-Added Products Designing Your Farm to School Program
4:00 -5:15 pm Local Procurement for Restaurant and Foodservice FSMA Impact on Food and Farm Businesses
5:30 pm -7:30 pm Film Screening
5:30 pm -7:00 pm Meet the Buyers Reception sponsored by FFX Distribution.

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2015 Trade Track Schedule




10:45 am -12:00 pm

Branding 2.0 Social Media and Design

Lisa DeVries, Goodness Greeness
Michael O’Gorman, Farmer Veterans Coalition
Lior Lavy, 
Ellen Malloy,

1:00 –2:15 pm

Scaling Up Local Meat

Greg Gunthorp, Gunthorp Farms
Louis John, Slagel
Raya Carr, 
Mint Creek
John-Mark Hack,
Moderator, Local Food Association
2:30 -3:45 pm

Local Foods Pricing: Making it Win-Win

Andrew Lutsey, Local Foods
Stefanie Garcia
, Whole Foods Market
Lior Lavy
, Artizone
Eloise Karlatiras, Moderator, Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition
Kevin Jezewski, Savor at McCormick Place
Irv Cernauskas, Irv & Shelly’s Fresh Picks
4:00-5:15 pm

Getting on the Shelves

Markus Schramm, Manna Organics
Bob Scaman,
Moderator, Goodness Greeness
Bobby Turner,
Gene Mealhow,
 Tiny But Mighty Popcorn
David Winters,
 SPINS, Director of Retail Development

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2015 Producer Track Schedule




10:45 am -12:00 pm

Small Grain and Bean Production for Local Growers

Molly Breslin, Breslin Farms
Andrea Hazzard,
 Hazzard Free Farm
Gilbert Williams, Lonesome Stone Milling
1:00 -2:00 pm

Maximizing Farm Profits Through Diversification


Dave Rand, Local Foods
Peg Sheaffer, 
Sandhill Family Farms 
Robin Schirmer
Moderator, Chicagoland CSA Coalition
2:30 -3:45 pm

Acquiring Farmland and Funding

Brad Leibov, Liberty Prairie Foundation
Thomas Spaulding,
 Angelic Organics Learning Center
Colleen Callahan,
 Moderator, USDA Rural Development
Dave Miller,
 Iroquois Valley Farms
Patsy Benveniste
, Chicago Botanic Garden Urban Ag
4:00 -5:15 pm

A Larger Share of the Food Dollar through Value Added Products

Lee Greene, Scrumptious Pantry
Ted Ballweg,
 Savory Accents
Jolanta Hardej,
 Farmed Here
Marcel van Ooyen,
Dan Carmody
Moderator, Eastern Markets

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2015 School Food Summit Schedule




10:45 am -12:00 pm

Farm to School 101: Introducing Farm to School Programs and Priorities

Gary Cuneen, Seven Generations Ahead
Christina Conell, USDA Farm to School Program
Kymm Mutch, School Food & Local Supply Chain Consultant
External Initiatives Manager, Academy for Global Citizenship
1:00 –2:15 pm

Farm to School Programs & Nutrition Standards: Examples leading to higher student acceptance

Leslie FowlerNutrition Director, Chicago Public Schools
2:30 -3:45 pm

School Gardens: Planning, Design, & Curriculum

Alexandra DeSorbo-QuinnExecutive Director, Pilot Light
Marnie Record, Lincoln Land Community College
Amanda Fieldman, Gardeneers
Moderator, Seven Generations Ahead

2014 Food Policy Conference Schedule

Click here for a detailed Food Policy Conference Schedule


Summit Track #1

Summit Track #2

Chicago Food Policy Advisory Council Track

10:45 am –12:00 pm Urban Agriculture and Local Food Enterprises as Vehicles for Community and Economic Development Financing a State Wellness Fund and Local Food Access Compost Policy and Practice
1:00 -2:15 pm New Frontiers in Urban Farming: CHA Sites and Conference Center Rooftops Creating Just and Food Secure Communities with Sustainable Methods Land-Use Planning and Policy
2:30 -3:45 pm Fair Food for Global Sustainability  Good Food U – How can Chicago-area higher education support healthy local food systems? Urban Agriculture Business & Food System Policy
5:30 -7:00 pm Legislative Panel & Discussion

Illinois Department of Agriculture Director Robert F. Flider; State Senator David Koehler; State Representative Robyn Gabel (invited); State Representative Mike Tryon

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