2013 Speakers

Keynote Speaker – Jim Slama

FamilyFarmed founder and President Jim Slama, a national figure in the local-food movement, will deliver the keynote address at the second annual Farming Our Future – Growing Food, Farms, and Community conference. Slama has a successful track record of showing farmers all over the country how to make vital connections with trade buyers and consumers, and that’s a core concern of many Hudson Valley farmers. But that’s just one of the reasons why Farming Our Future asked Slama to speak.

Slama’s organization, FamilyFarmed, which is based in Illinois, is a go-to place for small farmers looking to get started or to move up to the next level. Besides helping to develop wholesale markets, FamilyFarmed also trains small farmers in current practice. It focuses on the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) model, which is becoming increasingly prevalent in our region.

Under Slama’s leadership, FamilyFarmed has played a key role in developing state policy that has strengthened local farms and farm-based economies.

Jim Slama is the editor of the technical-assistance manual Wholesale Success: A Farmers Guide to Selling, Post Harvest Handling, and Packing Produce, which has been used by more than 2,000 small to mid‐size farmers. He has created multidisciplinary expositions and conferences in Chicago and in Santa Monica, California that advance the Good Food Movement and responsible food production. In 2011, Slama helped launch three “food hubs” that have enabled local farmers to sell to wholesale buyers. Food-safety procedures and financing are among his areas of focus.

Farming Our Future is indeed honored and delighted to welcome Jim Slama as our keynote speaker.


Wholesale Success: A Farmer’s Guide to Food Safety, Postharvest Handling, Packing and Selling Produce

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