Lauren Baer: December update

It is hard to believe that 2022 is coming to a close! While this time of year is often a time of reflection, 2023 is on my mind. I can’t help but be excited about the year ahead and the opportunities for Together We Grow, from launching strategic planning to being in-person with you at the 2023 Connect Conference and Annual Meeting. I look forward to continuing to build partnerships that result in progress for the agriculture and food sector.

This holiday season, I hope that you are able to take time to reconnect to whatever is most important to you and enter 2023 re-energized. Happy holidays!

Lauren Baer
Executive Director, Together We Grow

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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.