In 2004, Slama created FamilyFarmeds highest-profile event, the Good Food Trade Show. Held each March in Chicago, the event the nations oldest and biggest trade show focused on local and sustainable food evolved into the three-day Good Food Festival and Conference (which is being rebranded as the Good Food Expo beginning with the March 2018 show). FamilyFarmed has emerged as a national leader in farmer training, and with support of the USDA, we have trained over12,500 in 42 states. The Good Food Business Accelerator (GFBA ) evolved from the Financing Innovation Conference in 2014 and over its first three years has graduated 27 competitively selected food and farm entrepreneurs who received an intensive. In the events 13-year history, more than 700 unique speakers have participated. And the March 2017 Festival Conference attracted a record attendance of more than 7,500. This event has produced several evolutions in FamilyFarmed's program lineup. Jim Slama founded FamilyFarmed at a time when few people recognized the term Good Food movement, and demand for locally, sustainably, humanely, and fairly produced food was still a tiny sliver of the overall consumer market.
Under Slamas leadership during more than 15 years since, FamilyFarmed has become an important catalyst in the booming, consumer-driven rise of the movement. He has helped to build a robust Good Food cluster in the nonprofit's home base of Chicago while expanding the national scope and impact of its work.