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Cultivating powerful participation: Food justice facilitation workshops

Cultivating powerful participation: food justice workshops across Minnesota

Why now?

Minnesota and the nation are at a critical time where families are struggling to put food on their plates, farmers are struggling to pay their bills and these issues can only be addressed by skillfully bringing people together to make change. In order to create a better food system for everyone, we need leaders who are prepared to facilitate collaborative work for food justice.


The University of Minnesota Extension and food justice leaders around the state are working together to equip people with the skills and tools to cultivate meaningful dialogue that leads to action. This collaboration began in October 2019 when a team of leaders from outside the University came together with Extension staff for four days to strengthen their facilitation skills and co-create a curriculum to help others learn how to bring people together more effectively. Attendees walked away with practical tools and partnerships that would help them to pass these skills on to others through a series of workshops around the state. 

Current offerings

The team is delighted to offer workshops around Minnesota to support other leaders who are working to create a more just food system. Team members will provide a unique experience to learn and share powerful ways of connecting with others to co-create a better food system for all. At these workshops you will: 

  • Learn how to engage in and lead collaborative work in the food system.

  • Gain valuable methods and practical tools for facilitation.

  • Connect with others in powerful, action-oriented conversations.

  • Become a more effective agent of change in your organization and/or community.


Upcoming workshops

This workshop is for anyone who is passionate about working with others to create a more just food system by cultivating dialogue that leads to action. Come ready to learn new skills, form new relationships and work with others to advance strategic efforts like the Minnesota Food Charter.

We invite people from all walks of life to attend the workshops. We believe equity and inclusion are more than just buzzwords. Our goal is to have balanced participation between those with lived experience of food injustice and food insecurity, with those who are engaged in this work as paid professionals. If you are in the paid professional category, please invite at least one more person from your organization to attend. Strength in numbers is key to organizational change!

Meet the team

This learning experience is hosted by the University of Minnesota Extension in partnership with a diverse team of food justice champions and seasoned coaches. 

For more information you can reach out to the lead coordinator Jamie Bain.

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