Kristin Kirkpatrick: May message

As we wrap up one sign of transition — another school year in the books — it feels like aspects of life in the U.S. have stabilized. Most of our education partners have held exams in person. New grads are headed to actual offices for internships and work experiences. Together We Grow members have convened huge conferences this spring, and there has been much reason to celebrate being together again.

What I appreciate, is that even as we focus on the reasons to celebrate being connected, we have not lost focus on how we can also be better. Our working groups have been diving in on this question: What has fundamentally changed these past two years? What new social contracts have we written? How do we make sure that the way we reorganize our workplaces and our classrooms ensures we are constantly improving, that we are turning this period of wild disruption into an opportunity to serve all members of our organizations, engage authentically in difficult work, and show up as our fullest selves so that our organizations can continue to rise to the challenges before us?

The work we are engaged in is people work. We lead by connecting with others. We bring up the next generation by taking others under our wing — either creating opportunities we did not ourselves receive or paying forward debts of kindness we have experienced. We transform by inspiring one another to do better, to be better. Next month, I’ll pass the baton to our new Executive Director. I hope you’ll join us for the grand opening of Terra in June to write the next chapter in Together We Grow’s story as we convene our members who are leading the way.


Kristin Kirkpatrick
Executive Director, Together We Grow

This message was included in Together We Grow’s May 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.