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Grow the Movement: Scaling Up Sustainable Agriculture

  • Tue, August 23, 2016
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Schreiber Center, Meeting Room on 10th floor, 16 E. Pearson Street, Chicago, IL


  • For dues-paying members of Net Impact Chicago
  • For Quinlan graduate school students and faculty. IDs will be checked at the door.

Registration is closed

Curious about sustainable agriculture? You won't want to miss out on the "Good Food" event coming up on Tuesday, August 23!  Join us in mouthwatering conversation as our panelists address challenges and opportunities in scaling up sustainable agriculture.

“Most of us are creatures so comforted by habit, it can take something on the order of religion to invoke new, more conscious behaviors however glad we may be afterward that we went to the trouble.”

- Barbara Kingsolver, author

“As we search for a less extractive and polluting economic order, so that we may fit agriculture into the economy of a sustainable culture, community becomes the locus and metaphor for both agriculture and culture.”

- Wes Jackson, author

The "Good Food" movement is changing the way we decide what we put in and on our bodies. There are many drivers behind this push for more consciously and sustainably sourced products. Join Net Impact Chicago on Tuesday, August 23, from 6:00 to 8:00pm for a compelling conversation about scaling up the Good Food movement and moving it from luxury to the norm.

Three guest speakers will deliver interactive presentations about this movement. Bring your friends and any questions you may have about this exciting topic or about Net Impact Chicago. The presentation portion of the event will be followed by time for networking and refreshments.


Jennifer Amdur SpitzJennifer Amdur Spitz is a business and communications strategy consultant and is president of Amdur Spitz & Associates, Inc. (ASA). Jennifer guides a wide range of strategic communications and program planning projects for philanthropic and public organizations, as well as businesses with a triple bottom line. As an author, speaker and award-winning documentary filmmaker, Jennifer frequently shares stories, impact strategies, and valuable insights gained from collaborating with clients on issue areas including education, arts and culture, health care, the environment, land use planning, food, and growth-stage tech businesses.

In addition to her work with ASA, Jennifer is co-founder of Groundswell, where she produces documentary films and creates social impact campaigns. Her recent award-winning work, Food Patriots, inspires consumers to join the good food revolution.

Cathy Small Business Development and Marketing Consultant who joined FamilyFarmed in 2015. She started her career in operations in the retail food industry as a district manager for ALDI Inc., opening three new store locations and directing store layout, merchandising, and product placement. Taking the marketing skills she had developed, Cathy joined Angie’s List as a Marketing Manager in 2001 and held a variety of roles for 14 years. She directed marketing and sales efforts for Angie's List while establishing hundreds of partnerships with both corporate and family-owned businesses. During this time, she also maintained a passion for environmental stewardship and worked for the U.S. Green Building Council – Illinois. Cathy is particularly committed to advocating for stronger food regulations, more local food distribution channels, and other aspects of the Good Food movement.

Kora Lazarski works as Strategic Alliance Manager for SPINS, the leading retail sales data company for the natural and organic products industry in the United States. Kara’s work in natural market research leverages her passion for eco-friendly foods and products, her degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois in Champaign, as well as her background in business development, marketing, and sales. By speaking at conferences and brokering partnerships with industry trade groups, associations, and media companies covering the industry, she offers data-driven insights to help inform the growth of the industry. Follow SPINS on LinkedIn and Facebook @spinsllc.


FamilyFarmed is a non-profit organization committed to expanding the product, marketing and distribution of locally grown and responsibly produced food, in order to enhance the social, economic, and environmental health of our communities. Connect with FamilyFarmed on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @FamilyFarmed.

SPINS LLC is a passionate advocate for the natural and specialty products industry. Established in 1995, SPINS has been passionate about supporting companies who have a positive impact on the world by helping increase the presence and accessibility of health and wellness products.  SPINS is committed to laying the foundation for the next generation of growth, providing dynamic data, actionable insights, and digital activation solutions that contribute to a heathier and more vibrant America.  Learn more at

Amdur Spitz & Associates, Inc. (ASA) is a full-service strategic communications and public relations firm founded in 1992. ASA develops brands, marketing plans, and multi-channel communications campaigns that reach diverse audiences with messages that inform attitudes, shape decisions, and create measurable impacts for our clients. 


The Good Food financing and innovation conference

Overview of the UN's food programs

A manifesto for solving the crisis

Animated video from Dr. Evan Fraser

Infographic showing challenges for small-scale farmers [PDF]

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