The Castanea Fellowship

The Castanea Fellowship is a new leadership fellowship for those transforming our food system toward health, equity, and well-being for all.

The Castanea Fellowship is a two-year fellowship for diverse leaders working for a racially just and ecologically sound food system through a range of strategies and entry points, including leaders from the public health, environment and agriculture sectors, those working on rural or community development, food and the climate crisis, among many other issues areas. Castanea Fellows are building power, transforming institutions and shifting culture to foster a more equitable, sustainable, and healthy food system for all. This fellowship gives some of the country’s most inspiring leaders working for this transformation the time, space, and resources they need to deepen their efforts and make new connections across geography, strategy, and issue.

“When we launched this fellowship, we knew there was an urgent need for a cross-issue, cross-geography, multi-racial fellowship to bring together leaders who want to transform the food system to strengthen their skills and have the space to dream big. We’ve been gratified with an outpouring of interest—from being flooded with stellar applicants to being approached by a range of funders and advisors interested in being engaged. It’s been thrilling.”

- Anna Lappé, founding Steering Committee member and Farzana Serang, Executive Director