FSLN Gathering

FSLN Gatherings

*opportunities to connect, learn, and grow as a network*

Creating spaces where people can be in community with one another, share ideas and best practices, and hear fresh perspectives, is an incredibly powerful strategy for movement building and systems change. Through FSLN gatherings, we convene groups of network members to build relationships, exchange knowledge, and contribute to the strategic direction of the network.

We hope you’ll join us online for our next gathering in January 2023 – read on to learn more! 

First Annual FSLN Virtual Network Convergence: January 24, 2023

Five years ago, the Wallace Center planted the seed for a new national community where food systems leaders could come together and actualize their collective visions and dreams for an equitable, regenerative, and vibrant food system. 

Since then, and with immense support, partnership, and guidance from colleagues across the country, the Food Systems Leadership Network has grown into a dynamic, multi-racial community of 3,500 food systems leaders committed to overcoming challenges and transforming the food system in the U.S. To celebrate, we are excited to host our first annual FSLN Virtual Network Convergence. 

This year’s theme, From Nourishing to Flourishing: Celebrating 5 Years of the FSLN, honors the passage of time, the power of individual and collective leadership, and the magic that happens when food systems leaders learn, collaborate, and dream together. 

Everyone is welcome. Learn more and register here.

FSLN Vision and Strategy Event: June 2022 (in-person)

75 FSLN members convened along the beautiful Molalla River in Canby, OR for four days of relationship building, national sensemaking, and dreaming about the future of the network. Guided by a Design Team of 10 network members, we designed a space for attendees to: 

  • Nurture relationships and build trust among FSLN members and partners 
  • Develop a shared sense of what’s emerging in the food systems change ecosystem 
  • Collectively contribute to the FSLN’s 2-3 year strategy planning process 
  • Strengthen the capacity of FSLN members as food systems leaders 

Find out more about what we achieved during our time together and access the facilitation agenda and additional resources here.

“I am returning to my work after the FSLN gathering with a renewed sense of excitement, of hope, and of connection. Thanks to the time and space to gather, I will collaborate with my new and old friends even more intentionally in the weeks and months ahead.” 

  • 100% of gathering survey respondents will make changes to their work or take action based on what they learned at the gathering  
  • 100% of respondents both formed new relationships and strengthened existing relationships  
  • 93% feel more confident in their capacity as a food system leader 

Major thanks to the FSLN Gathering Design Team members for sharing their time and ideas for creating a reflective, supportive, and impactful time together:

  • LaShauna Austria, Community Food Strategies (NC)
  • Arlo Bush, Sustainable Food Center (TX)
  • Laura Brown, Local Food Hub (VA)
  • Eowyn Corral, Dakota Rural Action (SD)
  • Miles Gordon, Kitchen Table Consulting (CA)
  • Amyrose Foll, Spotted Pig Holler, Inc (VA)
  • Rachael Reichenbach, Resist Reimagine (AL)
  • Lindsey Lunsford, Tuskegee University (AL)
  • Tyson Rasor, Ecotrust (OR)
  • Sabrina Cerquera, Ecotrust (OR)

Past Conferences

The Wallace Center has convened food systems leaders for over 10 years. Through the National Good Food Network Conferences, folks shared best practices and lessons learned, accessed a wide range of topical trainings, and connected into a community of peers.  

Filmed at the 2022 FSLN Vision and Strategy Gathering