Kristin Kirkpatrick: April message

I always love this time of year, and in Colorado it truly feels like spring. Our garden is prepped for our first planting of cold-hardy veggies. Our backyard chickens have started laying again with the longer stretches of sunshine. We wake to the song of birds out the windows, and my kids just discovered the first worm of the season, who has now taken up residence where raspberries should be sitting plump and juicy in the coming months.

This time of year always feels like a welcoming of the new and a time to feel the possibility of things to come. It has been a delight to see more and more of you back at the office, hosting large conferences again, traveling to see your coworkers across the globe. We hope to welcome our own members to join us in-person in Colorado this June (additional details below).

We know many things remain difficult. The tragic violence playing out on the world stage. The mental toll of the past few years. The challenging labor market and competition for top talent. That’s why we’re so honored that you’re here with us, working shoulder to shoulder, tackling sticky problems. Here’s to you and the hope that spring provides. Here’s to our season of transformation.


Kristin Kirkpatrick
Executive Director, Together We Grow

This message was included in Together We Grow’s April newsletter. Subscribe to the monthly newsletter.

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.