Building bridges between community and economic development stakeholders and the regional food sector is integral to increasing the viability and resilience of regional food economies and improving community vitality, health, and wealth. What do these new networks look like, who do they include, and who else needs to be at the table as they move forward? Are there on-the-ground impacts that can already be attributed to these new connections and alliances?
Join us for a discussion with funders and practitioners whose work supports cross-sectoral connections as a path to transformative food systems change. We also invite you to share your success story, lesson learned, or ongoing effort related to building cross-sectoral connections in your food systems work. Please add your story as you’re registering for the webinar. We’ll ask a few registrants to share these stories during the webinar to fuel the discussion as time permits.
Funders and non-funder practitioners will:
Discuss their work at local, regional, and state levels;
Share how they understand and address critical needs in the food system; and
Reflect on the victories and challenges that come with taking a holistic approach to their work.
Bryan Crawford-Garrett, food and agriculture policy officer, Thornburg Foundation
John Fisk, director of strategy and partnerships, Wallace Center at Winrock International
Tera Johnson, founder and director, Food Finance Institute
Registration for this webinar is limited to funders only. Funders are considered those organizations using grantmaking or investments as a core strategy to fulfill their mission and who make grants or invest more than $50,000 annually.
About the Webinar Speakers
BRYAN CRAWFORD-GARRETT, Thornburg Foundation The Thornburg Foundation’s work in New Mexico has brought diverse stakeholders together on projects including the development and implementation of a statewide plan for a more resilient agricultural sector, and a county-level farm-to-school initiative that is funded through a new collaborative grantmaking mechanism and takes a systems approach to spur local production, market opportunities, and access to healthy, local food for students.
JOHN FISK, Wallace Center at Winrock International Through their Regional Food Economies Fellowship program, The Wallace Center supports practitioners who are building bridges between stakeholder groups engaged in food systems development, and shares their findings with a national audience.
TERA JOHNSON, Food Finance Institute Through the Food Finance Institute, Johnson advises and trains food and farm enterprises nationally on how to build financially viable and investable businesses. Additionally, Johnson works with technical assistance providers and communities to build capacity and infrastructure for food and agriculture economic development.