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Goodness Greeness - New Partnership Benefits Beginning Farmers
by Mercedee Renz

Goodness Greeness and the CSA Learning Center at Angelic Organics have recently joined resources to connect local growers with the Midwest’s thriving organic market.

CALEDONIA…Known for effectively connecting regional farmers in Illinois and Wisconsin with agricultural and business skills, the CSA Learning Center at Angelic Organics has recently partnered with the Midwest’s leading supplier of organic produce, Goodness Greeness. Lead by experienced farmers from the Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT), the Learning Center has been hosting informative courses intended to foster more interest and participation in sustainable farming, including organic and Biodynamic methods. With the help of Goodness Greeness and their fifteen years of experience sourcing, storing, packing, and delivering such perishable goods, the Learning Center hopes to offer practical, original tools for farmers entering the growing local, organic marketplace.

“It is very exciting for our farmer network to be partnering with Goodness Greeness,” says Parker Forsell, Farmer Development Coordinator for the CSA Learning Center at Angelic Organics, “New partnerships between growers, suppliers, and farmer training networks are going to be key components of a sustainable local food system.”

“The CSA Learning Center’s approach to training new farmers is a model that is working around the country. To support our mission of buying more food from local farmers, it’s important that we partner with organizations like the Learning Center,” says Warren King, General Manager of Goodness Greeness.

The CSA Learning Center’s farmer training program is based in Caledonia, Illinois, at Angelic Organics Farm, home of the renowned Farmer John of The Real Dirt On Farmer John. Training includes the Stateline Farm Beginnings® business planning course, field day workshops and exchanges, internships, employment, and mentoring. Farm Beginnings® was originally developed by the Minnesota-based Land Stewardship Project. More information about the CSA Learning Center’s farmer training program is available at www.csalearningcenter.org.

Goodness Greeness is the Midwest’s leading supplier of fresh, organic food and the largest privately held organic distributor in the country. Founded in 1991 by CEO Robert Scaman and his brothers, Rodney and Rick, Goodness Greeness employs over 75 people at their warehouse in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. The company directly supplies over 300 stores that include the region’s largest supermarkets and independent retailers. Goodness Greeness is committed to supplying its customers with the finest organic food from around the world, while at the same time furthering its purchases from the Midwest’s small-scale organic farmers. Goodness Greeness has developed a private label brand of local organic food that is distributed to Midwest area retailers. 

Mercedee Renz
(773)-224-4411 x 230


 


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