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:


Apply Today: 2023 Community Food Systems Fellowship Program

We are excited to announce that applications for the 2023 Fellowship Program are now open!  

We invite you to submit your Fellowship Application online by clicking the APPLICATION link or the button below. You can also nominate a fellow at this NOMINATION link or the button below.

Application Form

Nomination Form

Please find detailed information about the program goals, participation requirements and key program dates, application instructions, and selection criteria below:

Request for Applications

Frequency Asked Questions

We actively seek to spotlight community-powered food systems and inform and advance community leadership in local food systems. We are committed to supporting self determination of communities of color and the advancement of diverse community leaders. We encourage prospective fellows committed to justice and equity and improving local food systems to promote child, family and community wellness to apply. We invite stakeholders representing diverse voices across the food system (e.g. agriculture, labor and food chain  workers, food service, public health, environmental justice, economy and entrepreneurship,  education, early care and education, immigration, and arts, culture), to apply. 

If you would like to submit your application orally, please email to schedule an oral application intake session. 

Up to 10 community leaders will be selected by December 2022 and invited to participate in the 2023 Fellowship program.

Update: Our review process is underway for applications submitted by the original November 7 deadline. However, we continue to accept applications for consideration until Friday, November 11 at 3pm ET.

Please note the following key dates and deadlines for the 2023 application process:  

September 30, 2022 at 12pm ET           Applications Open 

October 6, 2022 at 12pm ET                  Optional Informational Webinar: Register here

October 25, 2022 at 4pm ET                  Optional Informational Webinar: Register here

November 11, 2022 at 3pm ET              Deadline for Fellowship Application - Updated

November - December 2022                 Finalist Interviews 

December 16, 2022                                  Selection of Community Fellows  

January 2023 – December 2023           Fellowship Period 

Please direct questions 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.