Kristin Kirkpatrick: July message

Together We Grow members –

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about quantum changes, because it appears they are happening everywhere I look. In psychology research, a quantum change is a sudden, dramatic, and enduring transformation that affects a broad range of personal emotion, cognition, and behavior. Essentially, something happens that may be profound or seemingly pedestrian, but in retrospect, that event or experience fundamentally changes your orientation in the world.

As a nation, we seem to most certainly be experiencing a mass quantum change. I can see it in my own home, listening to the podcast with Dr. Shannon Archibeque-Engle, referenced below. I can see my husband’s eyes get wide as we cook dinner, and Dr. Archibeque-Engle describes parts of our history that neither of us learned in school.

I can see it as I talk with our members who are beginning to ask big questions – how do we make sure all of our employees are seen and valued? What should we be doing because it’s the right thing to do? How do we want to show up outside of our organization? What kind of drivers of change do we want to be? What kind of legacy are we building here?

And I can see it within our organization. The vision of Together We Grow has never been more important or necessary to the pressing work before us. Please note our annual meeting dates below – and join us. The work we are here to do is urgent and requires our collective tending, the burning energy of our collective vision, and our relentless pursuit of a more diverse and inclusive future for American agriculture. Let’s listen, and learn, and hold space. And let’s get to work.

With gratitude,



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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.