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Louisiana Food Fellows

BECOME A LOCAL FOOD LEADER!

Building Stronger Communities Through Local Food

2021 Program Speakers

Applications are now being accepted through September 30th for the 2021 cohort. Apply Today!

Are you looking to be a change agent in Louisiana's local food system? The Louisiana Food Fellows program will give you the resources, skills, and inspiration you need to be the next leader in your community's local food movement. National experts from across the country will lead workshops on a variety of topics, including an overview of the food system, grassroots organizing, food policy, and determining what your role is in reshaping your community’s food system.

Farmers are the crucial foundation to establishing a just, equitable, and sustainable food system, however, food systems need more than farmers to be sustainable. We also need well-informed and well-trained leaders that can connect people and resources for better community outcomes. The Louisiana Food Fellows program is a community leadership training program that empowers individuals to connect, lead, and incubate food systems with their community. This three-month program provides training in multiple key areas of basic leadership and food systems, including community organizing, food policy, food system economics, food system equity and justice, plus more. 
 

Applications will be accepted online through September 30th. You will be notified of your status: accepted, waitlisted, or declined within a week of the application deadline. You will be asked to affirm your acceptance within 1-2 days of the notification if you are offered a spot in the program.  

Timeline

Applications will be accepted online through September 30th. 
You will be notified of your status: accepted, waitlisted, or declined within a week of the application deadline. 
You will be asked to affirm your acceptance within 1-2 days of the notification if you are offered a spot in the program. 

Not replying will be taken as declining and your spot will be offered to the next candidate.
The first workshop is on October 13th. (See Program Dates)

Program Dates

The Louisiana Food Fellows program consists of the following workshops and graduation ceremony:

  • October 13th: Online Orientation *[6-7 pm] 
  • October 14th: What is a Food System?
  • October 28th: Food System Equity & Justice
  • November 4th: Grassroots Community Building
  • November 18th: Food Policy & Food Policy Councils
  • December 2nd: Telling Your Story 
  • December 16th: Food System Economics
  • January 6th: PhotoVoice & Graduation 


Workshops will be live and online 5:30 - 8:30 pm

Eligibility for Participation

Participants must meet the following criteria to be eligible:

  • Must be interested in, or already actively engaged in, food systems work in your own community.
  • Be available to attend each program workshop, the graduation ceremony, as well as complete any necessary work between workshops.
  • computer (a cell phone is NOT an allowable substitution)
  • internet access

*if eligibility requirements create barriers to your participation please consider applying and use the space provided on the application to explain the situation so that we may assess our ability to work with you to overcome the barrier. 

Apply Today to become a Louisiana Food Fellow! 


Program Objectives

  • Participants will gain a greater understanding of their own community’s food system from nationally recognized leaders in facilitated discussions
  • Participants will connect with other advocates, producers, and local food leaders from across central Louisiana, and beyond.
  • Participants will become more confident local food leaders in their own community, and gain a better understanding of their role in the food system. 

Program Expenses

There is no cost to participate in LFF, however, admission is competitive and participants are required to attend each workshop and to complete all assigned work in order to graduate and receive the certificate of program completion. 

If there are potential barriers to your participation that we may be able to address with you (lack of internet, lack of computer, verbal/written communication needs, other) there is room on the application to explain the situation. We encourage everyone with an interest to apply and we will make the program accessible to all participants to the extent it is feasible.

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