Kristin Kirkpatrick: September message

I love this time of year.

For starters, my kids are back in school. While I hold my breath to see how long that may remain, I am grateful to have some sense of normalcy (and a significantly quieter house while we continue to work from home).

I also live in a university town, and there is always the fresh energy that college students bring as they return from far flung parts of the world — or, like several of the readers of this newsletter have experienced in recent weeks, leave their families for the first time to begin a new adventure.

But best of all, might be the fact that we’re in the final countdown to our annual meeting! Despite being virtual, this year’s meeting is going to be our best yet. We have so much to celebrate in the accomplishments of our members over the past year. And, of course, a lot of work ahead of us.

So, make time to join us! We’ve got sessions on beating burn out, celebrating innovation, and getting inspired to keep building no matter where we’re at in the journey. While you’re at it, sign our industry pledge and consider joining our first ever transformational leadership training cohort. See you there!


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