The Wallace Center brings together diverse people and ideas to co-create solutions that build healthy farms, equitable economies, and resilient food systems. One way we accomplish this mission is by building the capacity for the value chain coordination (VCC) broadly and in specific applications and geographies. Wallace Center’s Pasture Project – run by the Resilient Agriculture and Ecosystems (RAE) team – focuses on regenerative livestock grazing and VCC for regeneratively produced meat in the Upper Midwest. The RAE team is looking to hire trainers with knowledge of livestock and meat systems to conduct a VCC training that will support place-based practitioners, encourage regional engagement, and help improve equitable opportunities for farmers, food chain workers, and consumers.
The trainers will work with Wallace Center staff and contracted VCC curriculum trainers deliver, pilot, and evaluate a curriculum based VCC training series for 30 Upper Midwest practitioners interested in regeneratively produced meat by September 30, 2022. This will require trainers to participate in a Training of Trainers (ToT) of with Food Systems Leadership Network VCC curriculum trainers.
This series will actively center racial equity, both in its cohort and content. The series will be hosted on the Regenerative Ag Idea Network’s (REGAIN) online peer-learning platform to provide participants with access to information, expert instruction, and peer-to-peer discussions. As a result, a scalable VCC training process will be available for an ongoing community of practice. Read the full Request for Applications here.