Green Festival Speakers
Jim Slama is the founder and president of FamilyFarmed.org, which encourages the production, marketing and distribution of locally grown and responsibly produced food and goods. FamilyFarmed.org expands the market for local farmers and food producers by advancing the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) movement, supporting farmers markets and playing an integral role in public policy in the state and region. FamilyFarmed.org hosts the annual Family Farmed EXPO, a food festival, trade show, financing conference and celebration of local food and goods. Slama played a key role in developing and helping to pass the Illinois Local Food, Farms and Jobs Act, which created the Illinois Local, Food, Farms and Jobs Council. Slama is a member of this Council charged with developing local food systems in the state. Slama has received a great deal of recognition. In 2007, FamilyFarmed.org’s work earned the Yahoo! For Good Green Award. Slama was named on Crain’s Chicago Business “Forty Under Forty” annual list of leading young business and civic leaders. He also received the Chicago Tribune Good Eating Award for his contributions to the Chicago food and beverage world. Jim was the founding publisher and editor of Conscious Choice magazine, and during his 14 years tenure, it was named as a member of the Best of the Alternative Press nine times by The Utne Reader.