Community Food Systems Mentor Profile - Miles Gordon
Community Food Systems Mentor Profile
The Community Food Systems Mentorship Program offers Network members the opportunity to work directly with a food systems expert to support their growth, learn best practices, and connect with seasoned food movement leaders.
Miles Gordon, Kitchen Table Consulting (https://www.kitchentableconsulting.com/)
Miles Gordon is Principal of Kitchen Table Consulting (KTC), focusing on community empowerment, systems development, and organizational leadership. Prior to his work at (KTC) Miles served as the Food Systems Director for North Coast Opportunities (NCO), located in Mendocino and Lake Counties, California. After several years of growing organic melons in Potter Valley, CA and studying International Relations, Miles served as a bilingual high school and college teacher, teacher trainer, and human rights worker in Central America. As a result of these experiences, Miles founded the Gardens Project of NCO (http://www.gardensproject.org/) to empower low-income, disenfranchised communities in California to grow food in community gardens through facilitated leadership development and self-management. The Gardens Project has developed over 45 gardens with more than 3000 individuals eating food from them. Miles facilitated the expansion of the project to develop and manage numerous Farm to School, Farmer’s Market, Farmer Development, Food Hub, and Nutrition programs. He is co-founder of the Mendocino Food Policy Council and a member of the California Food Policy Council.
Areas of expertise:
• Food Systems Development and Strategic Planning
• Community Food Projects and Community Gardens, Farm to School, Farmers Market Promotion and Market Match, SNAP-Ed, Rural Food Hubs, Farmer Development
• Community and Multi-stakeholder Engagement and Facilitation
• Organizational and Community Capacity Building
• Grant Development and Administration
• Fundraising Strategies
• Community-based leadership training development and implementation
• Bilingual and Multilingual communities
• Staff Development and Service Program implementation
• VISTA, FoodCorps, HealthCorps
Seeking to mentor:
I would like to work with individuals and communities whose primary mission is community empowerment, while using food systems as the vehicle to empower to them. Within the context of food systems, I would like to work with individuals and communities that may have an initial focus on one project/program, but wish to develop a comprehensive food systems approach through their own organization and/or multi-stakeholder development.
Visit the Mentorship Program page (under Services) to learn more!