Kristin Kirkpatrick: August message

Together We Grow members —

I always think the month of August brings an energy of excitement, with final trips and outings as summer’s days become fleeting and more precious than they were just months before. Even this summer, when everything is different, many of our members have been able to enjoy nearby destinations, getting away for a much-needed break. And then, there is the energy of getting ready to return to school. This year, when so much remains unknown, that normal excitement is peppered with worry, more scenario planning than seems humanly possible, and a sense that no matter what comes we will rise to the occasion, better prepared than we were in the spring.

I am particularly excited, because this August also brings our fifth annual meeting for Together We Grow. We have made so much progress this past year, and the need for our consortium is bigger than ever. We look forward to your partipcation and seeing how we will change the world, together.



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Kristin Kirkpatrick, Executive Director, Together We Grow

Kristin Kirkpatrick is the Executive Director for Together We Grow and the Center for an Enhanced Workforce in Agribusiness, located at Colorado State University. In this role, Kristin works alongside a consortium of many of the world’s largest agribusiness interests, including members of industry, non-governmental organizations, higher education, and government institutions. Together We Grow is focused on building a skilled, diverse, and inclusive agricultural workforce that can power the innovation needed to feed the future.   

Kristin has always had a passion for systems change that creates more equitable opportunities and has done this work through the lenses of public health, policy advocacy, and community development. Most recently, she helped lead Kimbal Musk’s national nonprofit Big Green, which integrates food literacy education into school curriculums across the country.

Kristin has been an instructor with the Colorado School of Public Health at CSU and served as Chief of Wellness Planning for Bellisimo Development Inc., helping lead the master planning, design, and actualization of the award-winning Bucking Horse and landmark Jessup Farm projects in Fort Collins, Colo. She earned a bachelor’s degree in health and exercise science from CSU and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Colorado.