Kristin Kirkpatrick: December message

2021. Whew! It’s been a year. You’ll see evidence of some of my favorite Together We Grow highlights further below in this newsletter, but in the meantime here are a few of my favorites.

This past year we focused largely on building ecosystems that drive inclusion, such as our communications infrastructure. We’ve launched an industry-wide training program, an industry pledge, and convened our members in collective action. We’ve shared best practices in our Food for Thought Series, brought in innovators from across our sector, and hosted an invigorating annual meeting.

There are some numbers that we’re proud of: We’ve doubled the size of our team (okay…from one to two!), tripled the size of our board, and grown our social media following by factors with ever expanding zeros.

But, the best part of all of this work is getting to do it with you. Thank you for your energy, passion, time, and funding. Thank you for all that you give to help Together We Grow, grow.

We cannot wait for 2022, when we will begin to execute on direct recruitment infrastructure to improve the diversity of our industry. And we cannot wait to do it with all of you!


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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.