Visionary Voices: A Conversation with Anupama Joshi

In this first season of the Wallace Center’s Visionary Voices podcast, co-hosts Megan Bucknum and Hannah Mellion sat down with three nationally known and highly respected food systems leaders and mentors, Paula Daniels, Malik Yakini, and Anupama Joshi, to learn about their personal leadership journeys, seek their advice for creating systems change, and discuss the value of partnership, mentorship, and leadership. Listen now to Episode 3 with Anupama Joshi, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the National Farm to School Network: From India, to Malaysia, to Europe, to the West Coast of the US, Anupama’s experience with food systems has spanned different cuisines, cultures, and continents. By the early 2000s, Anupama’s work became firmly focused on California’s budding Farm to School (F2S) movement. In the early years of F2S and connecting with individuals around the country implementing similar programs, Anupama recognized that everyone was “facing the same barriers, asking the same questions, and using their peers to learn from each other, … [she] realized that there was a need for a larger connection to happen at the national level.” Enter the National Farm to School Network ( an information, advocacy and networking hub for communities working to bring local food sourcing, school gardens, and food and agriculture education into schools and early care education settings. Recognizing the power of collaboration, Anupama co-founded, developed, and now continues to grow the National Farm to School Network (NFSN) across the country. Since its establishment, NFSN has focused on partnership and relationship building, on working together to reduce duplication, and on maintaining deep connections with the communities in which its members and partners operate. The values that Anupama has brought to NFSN, and the countless lessons she’s received from her tenure in the food system, are valuable, timeless, and applicable to many of us working in food systems change. Listen now as Anupama shares some key ingredients for the success of this flourishing and effective national network, how energizing the excitement that children, schools, and communities experience with the Farm to School Programs is, and how mentorship has been and continues to be a fundamental factor in her professional and personal development. Listen now on: • iTunes: • Stitcher: • TuneIn: • SoundCloud:

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