CEO & Founder
Jim Slama founded Family Farmed 16 years ago and has built the nonprofit organization into one of the most influential advocates for a better food system. Under Slama’s leadership, FamilyFarmed works across the Good Food movement spectrum — from farmers and processors to buyers and sellers to investors to consumers and advocates — to increase the availability of and access to fresh, nutritious food in order to make the way we eat healthier, more environmentally sustainable, and more economically dynamic. FamilyFarmed’s work is advanced by programs such as the annual Good Food EXPO, launched in 2004; a Farmer Training series that has provided workshops for nearly 15,000 farmers in 43 states; the business-focused Good Food Financing & Innovation Conference and Good Food Accelerator, which combined have facilitated more than $50 million in financing for early-stage food entrepreneurs; and developing programs such as Good Food Is Good Medicine and the Organic Grain Promotion Initiative.
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