Lauren Baer: November update

Together We Grow is on an exciting journey! These are some of the upcoming happenings you don’t want to miss:

  1. The TWG Connect Conference and 2023 Annual Meeting will be held in Atlanta, Georgia. (in-person!), in April ahead of the MANRRS 2023 Annual Conference (yes, you can attend both with one plane ticket).
  2. TWG is preparing to launch a strategic planning process to support increased value, clarity, and impact.
  3. Working groups are ramping up with shared learnings, timely topics, and expert perspectives.
  4. Partnerships on social media are proving to increase our reach and engagement with new audiences. Read the features below for more information!

In the few months that I have been with Together We Grow, I have found that the members of this organization are truly invested in making progress toward building a diverse, inclusive, and skilled workforce for agriculture and food. TWG will be seeking member feedback in the coming months to cultivate the future of this organization, and we encourage you to engage in the process when opportunities arise. We want you to be a part of formulating our direction with your voice and perspective. We will make great impact, but we cannot do it without you!

Lauren Baer
Executive Director, Together We Grow

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