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Angelic Organics Learning Center at FamilyFarmed EXPO, March 17-19

Join us at the FamilyFarmed Expo March 17-19 at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The EXPO is a three day conference, trade show and food festival for farmers, businesses, individuals and families. The event is sponsored by, whose mission is to expand the production, marketing, and distribution of locally grown and responsibly produced food, in order to enhance the social, economic and environmental health of our communities.

Throughout the three-day event, Learning Center staff, partners, and John Peterson, farmer and founder of our farm partner Angelic Organics, will participate in panel discussions and workshops ranging from Backyard chicken care in Chicago to eating good food on a budget. We're proud to partner with and represent multiple areas of our work that build a healthy local food system; beginning farmer training and support, urban agricultural partnerships, and individual and family education.

The EXPO will begin in Thursday, March 17 with the Financing Farm to Fork conference, which focuses on investment in farm and food production, processing and distribution businesses. John Peterson will speak about his work at "Farm Success Stories," from 11:20-12:20 pm. One of our Chicago partners, Orrin Williams of the Center for Urban Transformation, will present at the panel discussion, "Building Social Enterprises" from 11:20-12:20 pm.

The event will continue on Friday with a local food trade show, Meet the Buyers reception, school food focus, Food Policy Summit with the Chicago Food Policy Advisory Council, and Localicious Party with food, drinks, and music. Sheri Doyel, the Learning Center's Farmer Training Program Director, will participate in the panel discussion "So You Want to Be a Farmer" from 5:30-7:00 pm. Sheri will join other experts in beginning farmer training to discuss opportunities for new farmers. Mike Sands of our regional farmer training partner the Farm Business Development Center at Prairie Crossing will also join the panel.

On Saturday, the EXPO will conclude with a festival, workshops, and cooking demos from celebrity chefs (including Stephanie Izard of the Girl and the Goad and Chris Pandel of The Bristol.) John Peterson join fellow panelists in "Please Your Palate and Your Purse"  to share his thoughts on preparing and eating local and sustainable food on a budget. John will be available to sign copies of the cookbook The Real Dirt on Vegetables, as well as the film The Real Dirt on Farmer John.
Martha Boyd, our Chicago Program Director and moderator of the Chicago Chicken Enthusiasts at the workshop "No Yolk! Chickens in Your Back Yard," from 2:00-3:15 p.m. The discussion will also feature Jen Murtoff, instructor for the Learning Center's Basic Backyard Chicken Care workshop on March 12. 

See the full EXPO schedule for more information. We hope to see you there!