Kristin Kirkpatrick: March message

We’re digging in!

Welcome to our inaugural Together We Grow newsletter!

When Together We Grow formed in 2016, the founders of this effort — Michael D’Ambrose, the senior vice president and chief human resources officer for ADM, and Secretary Tom Vilsack, President Obama’s Secretary of Agriculture — knew that we were capable of more as an industry consortium than any of us could ever possibly do on our own. As we look to the challenges facing our industry, both in the near-term and over the next 30 years, we know it will take a collective effort to address them.

The purpose of this newsletter is to keep Together We Grow’s membership connected and moving forward on our big, audacious goals. Each month we’ll pull some of the most interesting and thought-provoking news stories related to ag + equity, diversity, and inclusion, share what our members have been doing to advance this work, and celebrate our collective wins. Let us know how we’re doing and if there are features you would like to see!

I was fortunate to be at the USDA Agriculture Outlook Forum last month, where U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced a bold goal of increasing agriculture production by 40% while reducing our environmental footprint by half. Together We Grow is working to build the workforce pipeline across our NGOs, institutions of higher education, and ultimately into our industry partners, that will power that kind of innovation — the innovation we need to feed the future. I am honored to be with you and know that we can do more together than any of us can do on our own.




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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.