Coffee Chats

coffee chats

Amidst the hustle and bustle of food systems leadership, getting together with friends and colleagues to talk shop over a cup of coffee or tea (or something stronger!) can be a rare treat. That’s especially true for connecting with peers working in other parts of the country… besides national convenings and conferences, our ability to connect with other food systems leaders is limited by time, budget, and distance. Not to mention the pandemic!

But when we do come together, we return to our work with fresh perspective, new ideas, and a renewed sense of purpose and connection. 

The FSLN’s Coffee Chats offer members the space and opportunity to do just that – connect, learn about each other’s work, and share knowledge, ideas, and inspiration.   

Coffee Chat Logistics


FSLN members gather for informal, peer-to-peer conversation around a specific topic that matters to this community. Each topical call takes a different format, some chats might begin with a brief “interview” with a special guest with expertise in community-based food systems, others might be a panel-style conversation, and others might be more peer-oriented. There’s such knowledge and expertise within this network that in each call, we encourage participation from all members and open up the discussion to the wider group.

Registration is required for each coffee chat. Keep an eye out in the Catalyst (our monthly newsletter) for announcements and registration links! 

Information on upcoming Coffee Chats is below.

What topics interest you that you’d like to learn more about? Would you like to share your knowledge and expertise with others?  

Drop us a line! We’d love to hear what topics are important to you and/or have you join our Coffee Chat line up. Email [email protected] with your ideas.

Upcoming Coffee Chats

Lunch and Learn to Explore Decolonizing Philanthropy
Spring 2022, beginning March 16
This spring, join decolonial educator, immigrant mother, Co-Director of the Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive and FSLN Network Weaver Suparna Kudesia for a series of informal conversations to discuss ways in which we can decolonize philanthropy in the food system. Bring your coffee, your tea, or your lunch and your inquisitive minds to this dynamic conversation! Read more and register here.

Previous Coffee Chats

Explore details and notes from previous FLSN Coffee Chats.