Community Food Systems Fellowship

Community Food Systems Fellowship

About the Fellowship 

The Community Food Systems Fellowship is a leadership pipeline to increase opportunities for diverse leaders to build skills, capacity, and networks. Emerging leaders who are committed to food justice and equity should consider the Community Food Systems Fellowship. The fellowship is an opportunity to contribute to developing a roadmap for community-powered food systems and to learn how to better capture impact. The Fellowship is a good fit for those who are committed to:


2022 Community Food Systems Fellows 

Vital Village Networks is thrilled to announce the fourteen emerging local leaders that have been selected to participate in the 2022 Community Food Systems Fellowship program! This year’s fellows include: 

Yasmine Anderson
Black Women in Charge, Inc.
Indianapolis, IN

Mary Ann Buggs
Faith Food Fridays
Vallejo, CA

Tailor Coble
Washington, DC

Pampi D
Neighborhood Grow Plan
Holyoke/Boston, MA

Pantaleon Florez III
Maseualkualli Farms
Lawrence, KS

Julie Garreau / Wičhaȟpi Epatȟaŋ Wiŋ
Cheyenne River Youth Project
Eagle Butte, SD

Tevin Gray
Keepers Of The Garden CCTX
Corpus Christi, TX

Erica Hall
Florida Food Policy Council/Suncoast Sierra Club
St. Petersburg, FL

Jackie Leung
Micronesian Islander Community
Salem, OR

Steph Niaupari
Plantita Power,
Washington, DC

Ashley Rouse
Captain Planet Foundation
Atlanta, GA

Nakia Sims
Taylor Street Farm
Houston, TX

Kaitlyn Walsh
Land Access Alliance
Cloquet, MN

Michelle Week
Gx̌ast sq̓it (Good Rain) Farm
Portland, OR


Advisory Partners 

Thank you to our advisory partners for their continued guidance and support of this program:


For questions, please contact us at This program is supported by a grant through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Read more about the 2022 Fellowship Application process, including the Request for Applications and FAQ: