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North Carolina Immersion Report

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In September, we came together for our first place-based immersion for Cohort 3 in Durham, North Carolina. Our trip started with a powerful grounding in place and context setting at Stagville Plantation, led by indigenous leaders and descendants from Stagville. …

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2023 Castanea Update

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Cohort Three Opening Retreat – May 2023 2023 is proving to be a year of meaningful connection, learning, and restoration. Our third cohort of Fellows came together for an opening retreat in May, at the Barn at Boyds Mills in …

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North Carolina Partners

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KAMAL BELL, SANKOFA FARMS Sankofa Farms LLC is a multifaceted agricultural entity working to create a sustainable food source in both rural and urban areas located in Durham and Orange County, North Carolina. Kamal led us on a farm tour …

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2023 Opening Retreat Partners

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ALVINA WONG, Asian Pacific Environmental Network Alvina is the Basebuilding Director at Asian Pacific Environmental Network and a facilitator, somatic coach, and generative somatics teacher. Alvina was a retreat co-facilitator. HOLIDAY SIMMONS, MSW Holiday is the founder and Lead Practitioner …

Kauai Immersion Report

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One large, looming question hangs over the heads of those in food movement and justice spaces: how do we build power together? Castanea’s answer: with food, with laughter, and with deep personal connections. After two tumultuous years for fellows and …

New Mexico Partners

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Agri-Cultura Network The Agri-Cultura Cooperative Network provides access to local produce to promote nutrition and economic development through traditional and innovative agricultural practices, therefore furthering environmental and community stewardship to strengthen the agrarian and cultural heritage of our land and …

Application deadline September 16th!

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What does the Castanea Fellowship have to offer leaders and the food system space? A fellowship that is rooted in liberatory leadership and power & movement building. A diverse cohort of visionary changemakers in the food system. An experience grounded …

Welcome Our 2022 Cohort Selection Committee!

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We’re honored to have such a dynamic community dedicated to helping us select the next cohort of fellows. Coming from diverse fields and different parts of the country, we’re lucky to have such an inspiring group of leaders working alongside …