Only an hour in on Friday to the Festival and we have learned quite a bit about how much local food and sustainable changes are taking place right now in Chicago Public Schools, Midway Airport, the McCormick Place and more.
They started in Milwaukee, WI by Will Allen in 1993, this organization's goal is to provide healthy and affordable food to communities through programs like their technical training initiatives
Chicago Public Schools (CPS)
They serve 75 million meals a year with $98 million dollars or $1.30/meal; Leslie is working with other schools to start bringing in more local and healthy food while becoming a large purchasing group
They serve CPS schools and is trying to bring them more local food as well as educate kids more on food
They are growing tomatoes on their rooftop and partnering with green groups to better their recycling efforts including recycling 100% of their cooking oil; Their goal is to become the most sustainable conventional center in the US. They are already the biggest!
They compost organic waste from 16 of their 24 restaurants!
Founded in 1998, they offer framer training and initiatives across the Chicagoland Area; they hosted the farmers awards presented below