Upcoming Food Marketing/Networking Events!

For your networking/learning pleasure… Varied Dates, Growing Power’s Workshops

From Aquaponic workshops to people serious about becoming a farmer, check out these awesome workshops.

21 – 22 May 2014, GreenTown Chicago Conference (UIC Student Center, E. 750 South Halsted)

GreenTown brings together the public sector and the private sector to connect the dots, to inspire and to work together to remake our communities. From healthy living to local food, energy to green infrastructure, water to outdoor space, GreenTown will help you make the healthy choice the easy choice.

22 May 2014 (5.30 – 7.30 PM), Women in Green May Gathering (Panzanzee, 325 W. Huron Street, #300)

Come and rub elbows with some awesome ladies in Chicago’s Green Scene. Food, drink, and great conversation will be available!

10 June 2014 (9.30 – 11 AM), Food Dialogues: Chicago (InterContinental Hotel Chicago 505 N. Michigan Ave.)

More and more, consumers want to know the story behind their food – from how it is raised or grown, how it is made in the plant or kitchen to how it is packaged. In fact, USFRA’s research tells us that nearly 60 percent of people feel it’s extremely important for grocery stores and restaurants to provide this information. While there isn’t one specific piece of information they are looking for, information in general – whether it is the farm where an apple was grown or insight into how an animal was treated – is demanded.

On June 10, 2014, join the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance as we resume the Food Dialogues® series in Chicago, to take an in-depth look at how the food industry responds to the demand for information on the story behind their products.

Food Dialogues: Chicago. Integrity in Food Marketing will explore how food professionals – from farmers, food manufacturers, retailers and marketers to foodservice executives – can share information on complex food-production issues while not confusing, misrepresenting or alarming consumers.

21 June (10.30 – 2PM), Meet Your Farmer – Connect with Community!

It’s a picnic, it’s a community forum, it’s a place to meet your farmer, and get engaged with organisations that are doing the most good!

A truly grassroots community event, Meet Your Farmer attempts to forge connections between community, farmers, chefs, and community organizers to create the first full-circle event that educates about sustainable agriculture and encourage people to get involved in local projects. Hosted through Meal Sharing (mealsharing.com), Meet Your Farmer will invite 50 community members to join us on the south side of Lincoln Park to discuss sustainable agriculture in Chicago, meet farmers (who will talk about CSAs, their farming practises, why it’s important to eat local), learn about local chefs who are making great food (and sample their fare), and learn about events in the area where they can volunteer and get involved. Like no other event of its kind, Meet Your Farmer puts the emphasis on building momentum and making change, focusing on how community members around Chicago can support local economies and a more sustainable food system by buying direct from farmers, supporting restaurants and chefs living up to good practices, and volunteering their time to transform ideas into reality for people/communities who need it.

An ongoing digital forum will exist in between the monthly meet-ups.

This is gonna be huge, guys! Come and be a part of a grassroots community that really cares about sustainability in Chicago!

24 October 2014, Food Day (get involved!)

Food Day is a nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food and a grassroots campaign for better food policies. It builds all year long and culminates on October 24.

Food Day aims to help people Eat Real. That means cutting back on sugar drinks, overly salted packaged foods, and fatty, factory-farmed meats in favor of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and sustainably raised protein. Food Day envisions shorter lines at fast-food drive-throughs—and bigger crowds at farmers markets.

This annual event involves some of the country’s most prominent food activists, united by a vision of food that is healthy, affordable, and produced with care for the environment, farm animals, and the people who grow, harvest, and serve it.

24 – 26 October, Green Festival

Green Festival® is a vibrant, dynamic marketplace where companies and organizations come to showcase their green products and services, and where people go to learn how to live healthier, more sustainable lives.

Green Festival is America’s largest and longest-running sustainability and green living event. We bring together the world’s most trusted companies, innovative brands, national and local businesses, pioneering thinkers, and conscious consumers in one place to promote the best in sustainability and green living.

Green Festival offers something for everyone, with the widest selection of products and services to work green, play green and live green from food, fashion and health to energy, construction and design. People can shop and enjoy vegan, vegetarian, organic foods, hands-on demos, educational activities and inspirational speakers.

Green Festival is a unique and powerful platform for connecting potential customers, retailers, wholesalers and corporations – all under one roof. It provides excellent opportunities for green brands to generate business-tobusiness and business-to-consumer sales, build awareness and strengthen relationships in an expansive and engaging green marketplace.

6 – 9 November Urban and Small Farms Conference: “Building a Fair Food Economy to Grow Healthy People”, Milwaukee, WI

Growing Power is excited, for the third year, to be organizing a conference unlike any other: focused on urban and small farms. Presenters and attendees come from all over the country and even the world, to share ideas and inspire others to find ways to create sustainable jobs in their communities and help people live healthier lives.

Attend a Meal Share (varied dates) Dabble With Me! Join a Meet Up Group! Have an event you want to promote? Contact me with details!

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