Mahfam Malek Named Program Director

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We’re proud to announce that after an extensive search, we have found our Program Director, Mahfam Malek! Mahfam (they/them) has held various roles in justice movements over the years, including facilitator, somatic coach, non-profit staff of many stripes, social justice-oriented …

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Castanea Fellowship Podcast ‘Rooted Wisdom’ Now Available!

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Rooted Wisdom is here! Join us as BIPOC food leaders from different industries come together to explore universal values rooted in ancestral wisdom. Listen in as Aileen Suzara gathers guests in her kitchen to share personal stories and first-hand insight about our local …

Krysten Aguilar Named New Director of the Castanea Fellowship

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(Berkeley, CA – August 11, 2021) The staff and Steering Committee of the Castanea Fellowship are thrilled to share the news that Krysten Aguilar will join the Fellowship as its new Director on September 7th. A national fellowship for food …

How Do You Say Goodbye to Something You Love?

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What I love about Castanea Fellowship is that it is a hopeful promise for the future of foodways.  Just take a look at the twenty-four current Castanea Fellows. Each of them embodies an experience faced within collective efforts to shift …

Announcing the 2020 Castanea Fellows!

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Media release: For Immediate Release, April 28, 2020 Castanea Fellowship Selects 12 Visionary Food Justice Leaders as its 2020 Cohort Leaders respond to COVID-19 with food system and racial equity expertise, defending an essential resource for our nation’s most vulnerable …

Ramadan Mubarak

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Did you know I’ll be fasting for the next 30 days? I have not always been public about my fasting, but it is my most consistent practice as a Muslim, as I have performed this annual ritual since the age …

Announcing the 2019 Castanea Fellows!

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After an outpouring of interest, the Castanea Fellowship has selected both its 2019 and 2020 cohorts. More than 400 applications were received, and our Selection Committee participated in about 100 video interviews. The leaders selected as Castanea Fellows signify hope …

W.K. Kellogg Fellows in the News

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We continue to be inspired by the W.K. Kellogg Food and Community Fellowship Program that existed from 2001-2013. Alumni from that program have been pivotal in voicing the importance of leadership development and helping us design and build the vision …

Want to know more about the Castanea Fellowship? Register for our webinar!

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Join Castanea Fellowship, HEAL Food Alliance’s School of Political Leadership, and Wallace Center’s National Food Systems Leadership Network for a conversation about upcoming leadership opportunities! Learn about exciting opportunities from three distinct, but coordinated national efforts to support leaders who …

Because of them, we are.

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We are inspired by the W.K.Kellogg Food and Community Fellowship Program that existed from 2001-2013. Alumni from that program, like the 2012 class pictured above, have been pivotal in voicing the importance of leadership development and helping us design and …