2016 Change Food Fest – Friends of the Fest

Friends of the Fest are organizations and companies working toward a better food system that Change Food supports and vice versa. As we lead up to the Change Food Fest, we will promote the work of these groups through our social media channels. Visit their site to learn more about the great work they’re doing. #CFFest2016

AgArts LogoAgArts seeks to create and support a dynamic and positive action toward a sustainable future by supporting, promoting, and engaging artistic work that draws its material from the agricultural world. We do this with the goal of educating, entertaining, provoking thought, and transforming people and communities in a positive way, in their relationships to and within our food system.


branchfood LogoAt Branchfood we believe innovation will fix our broken food system. We are the largest community of food innovators in New England and provide shared workspace for food entrepreneurs, host events that highlight innovation, and organize classes and workshops for individuals launching food businesses. Check out our latest resource on the Boston Food Network.


Chef Ann Foundation LogoFounded in 2009 by Chef Ann Cooper, a pioneer in school food reform, the Chef Ann Foundation (CAF) provides the tools, training, resources and funding that enable schools to create healthier food and redefine lunchroom environments. To date, we’ve reached 6,573 schools and over 2,509,321 children in all 50 states.


Chefs Collaborative LogoThe 7th Annual Chefs Collaborative Summit, Good Food is Smart Business, occurred in New York City on April 10-12th, 2016. The program included three days of keynote programming featuring over 50 top food leaders as well as exclusive industry-focused events.



Environmental Working Group LogoThe Environmental Working Group’s mission is to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. With breakthrough research and education, we drive consumer choice and civic action.  We are a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment.  We work for you.  Do you know what’s in your tap water? What about your shampoo? What’s lurking in the cleaners underneath your sink? What pesticides are on your food? How about the farms, fracking wells and factories in your local area? Do you know what safeguards they use to protect your water, soil, air and your kids? Which large agribusinesses get your tax dollars and why?  What are GMOs? What do they do to our land and water?  More than two decades ago EWG set out to answer these questions, and more, and to empower you to get to know your environment and protect your health. Take action


Food & Water WatchFood & Water Watch champions healthy food and clean water for all. We stand up to corporations that put profits before people, and advocate for a democracy that improves people’s lives and protects our environment.


Foodstandfoodstand is a digital community that strives to make good food the default, instead of the exception, by giving eaters and makers a place to share how to make better food choices every day. Each of us has a good food friend who inspires us and nudges us to vote with our forks; think of the Foodstand community as thousands of those good food friends at your fingertips.


Food + Tech Connect LogoThe site of record for the food tech sector. Through daily news on its blog to events and online/in-person business courses, Food+Tech Connect is working to lower the barriers to success for food entrepreneurs.


Food Corps LogoFoodCorps is a nationwide team of AmeriCorps leaders who connect kids to real food and help them grow up healthy. These leaders are in limited-resource communities for a year of public service where they teach hands-on lessons about food and nutrition; build and tend school gardens, and teach cooking lessons; and help change what’s on lunch trays giving kids healthy food from local farms.


Food Policy ActionFood Policy Action was established in 2012 through a collaboration of national food policy leaders in order to hold legislators accountable on votes that have an effect on food and farming. The organization works to highlight the importance of policies that support healthy diets, reduce hunger, decrease food waste, improve food access and affordability, uphold the rights and dignity of food and farm workers, increase transparency, protect public health and the environment, reduce food-borne illness, support local and regional food systems and treat farm animals humanely. FPA promotes these policies through public education, outreach and engagement including its annual National Food Policy Scorecard.


Food Revolution LogoFood Revolution Day is an annual global day of action that celebrates good, fresh, real food. It’s a day to shout about the benefits of cooking from scratch and, ultimately to show people that not only is fresh food tastier, changing their food choices can also make them healthier and happier. This year Food Revolution Day is, above all, about sharing the power of cooking!


Food System 6 LogoFood System 6‘s mission is to build a networking and mentoring platform that enables the best entrepreneurs to revolutionize the way we produce and deliver food globally. They bring together private, nonprofit, and public-sector entrepreneurs committed to a sustainable food system and help drive successful innovation. FS6 uses what they learn to inform those with a stake in creating a new food system.


Food Tank LogoFood Tank is focused on building a global community for safe, healthy, nourished eaters. We spotlight environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable ways of alleviating hunger, obesity, and poverty and create networks of people, organizations, and content to push for food system change.


FOOD-X_logoFood-X is the #1 Food Innovation Accelerator in the World. We help food entrepreneurs bring their products and services to market at super speed. Food-X partners with early stage companies from across the food supply chain, from agriculture through consumer packaged goods, and helps these companies grow fast through:

● Startup Capital: Up to $50K in capital
● Mentorship: Access and workshops with food industry thought and business leaders
● Network: Access to a world class network of leading food companies, investors and press
● Curriculum: based on years of learnings from SOSV’s accelerators & experts
● Co-working Space: Collaborative co-working with likeminded food entrepreneurs
● Alumni Network: A powerful alumni network of over 1000 SOSV startup founders


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Food brings a community together. Our mobile app users, chefs and farmers are part of our community. Together we’re working to bring awareness to where our food comes from when we dine out. The Greenease mobile app is currently available in New York City and Washington, DC.


GrowNYC logoFounded in 1970, nonprofit GrowNYC is the sustainability resource for New Yorkers: providing free tools and services anyone can use in order to improve our City and environment. GrowNYC operates Greenmarket farmers markets, engages New Yorkers in recycling education and resources, builds and maintains green spaces and engages all ages in hands-on education.


James Beard Foundation Food Conference LogoOur world of 24-hour news cycles, instantaneous global communications, viral hashtags, and ambitious Wall Street growth targets has created a population ever hungry for something new. At the 2016 James Beard Foundation Food Conference, Now Trending: The Making of a Food Movement, we’ll engage with experts from across disciplines to explore the genesis and lifecycle of trends and apply that knowledge to food-system issues. We’ll explore lessons and best practices from the field of trend forecasting, before engaging with you on the food issues you care about most and providing the expertise and encouragement you need to turn your passion into the next big thing.


Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable FutureThe Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future works with students, educators, researchers, policymakers, advocacy organizations and communities to build a healthier, more equitable, and resilient food system.


Natural Gourmet InstituteFounded in 1977 by Annemarie Colbin Ph.D., Natural Gourmet Institute for Health & Culinary Arts is the leader in professional health-focused culinary education. NGIHCA’s comprehensive Chef’s Training Program trains students to meet the demand for culinary professionals who make the connection between food and health. Offered both as full- and part-time programs, it is where you will learn essential cooking techniques, principles of nutrition, methods for sourcing sustainable ingredients, and culinary business practices. Licensed by the New York State Department of Education, it is the first culinary program dedicated to healthful cooking to be accredited nationally. Learn more about Natural Gourmet Institute’s recreational programming.


Real Food Media LogoReal Food Media is a communications collaborative that works to inspire, educate and grow the movement for sustainable food and farming. In a context in which the food industry spends millions on public relations every year, Real Food Media combats this misinformation by elevating the story of sustainable farming and food workers, exposing the true costs of industrial agriculture and popularizing complex food system concepts and policy reforms. Real Food Media focuses on several core programs, including an international short films competition, a mythbusting resource center, popular education and partnerships with allied organizations.


Seeds & Chips LogoSeeds&Chips is the International Summit dedicated to food innovation from farm to fork, where food and technology meet. Hundreds of startups, companies in food and tech, investors, thought leaders and policymakers come together to share content and visions, projects and experiences — innovating the food system is not just an opportunity, it is a challenge that concerns us all. Seeds&Chips is four days of exhibition, conferences/panel discussions, business matching and a hackathon, pitches and awards with the protagonists of Food Tech, Ag Tech and the “Internet of Food.”


SRAP LogoThe Socially Responsible Agricultural Project (SRAP) works throughout the U.S. helping communities protect themselves from the negative impacts of factory farms, officially called Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs). SRAP gives family farmers, ranchers, and other rural citizens the tools needed to develop and sustain ecologically sound, economically viable, humane farming alternatives to industrial-scale agriculture.


Sustainable America Logo SquareSustainable America is working to make our nation’s food and transportation systems more efficient and resilient.  We are changing food systems in several ways: we have consumer education programs through our website www.ivaluefood.com; we perform on-the-ground efforts at large events like NASCAR races and more intimate efforts in offices and churches to donate and divert more food; and we support an ecosystem of entrepreneurs developing new companies that are addressing the problem nationally.