Kristin Kirkpatrick: April message

There is much to be hopeful about right now. Vaccinations. Continued innovations. And the transformational energy that comes with spring.

I invite you to participate in our Food for Thought series if you haven’t already. We’ve heard from so many phenomenal leaders across the food and agriculture sector about a variety of emerging strategies and best practices. Our final installment of the spring series is detailed below.

And, we’re hiring! Help us find an awesome candidate to engage young people on social media, crafting a more expansive storyline for the food and agriculture industry.

Ever onward,



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.