The OpenTEAM Fellows Program
Embedding Systems of Support to Connect Land Stewards to the OpenTEAM Technology Ecosystem, Simultaneously Refining Tools
To better meet ground-level needs of producers and refine tech tools using a human-centered design approach, OpenTEAM has launched a year-long Fellows Program.
Fellows are embedded into the local farming and ranching community they serve, working as trained community and technical facilitators alongside local Hub staff as they accomplish their goals and work to implement OpenTEAM tech tools that can provide land stewards with the knowledge needed to enable regenerative agricultural management practices.
Through the program, Fellows...
California Association of Resource Conservation Districts and California Farm Demonstration Network
Point Blue Conservation Science and Quivira Coalition
General Mills, Kansas and the southern plains
Pasa Sustainable Agriculture
Black Farmer Fund and Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust
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The Ag Data Wallet
Fellows are inputting data to build the beginnings of an “Ag Data Wallet” for each land steward they connect with, onboarding them to the technology ecosystem. This digital wallet functions similarly to a safe deposit box, bank account, and ID card to provide control and data sovereignty to land stewards. Through this, Fellows will lay the groundwork to connect all land stewards to OpenTEAM’s open source ecosystem of digital tools and other agricultural support networks. This creates a streamlined process where land stewards can enter their data once, store it securely, and share their data on management practices, soil health measures, and other key operations to connect to benefits, opportunities, economic incentives, and markets.
Through the Fellows Program, Fellows support pilot Hubs around using this digital wallet, testing OpenTEAM’s shared technology toolkit and maximizing data-driven value for the land steward.
The OpenTEAM Fellows Program operates with significant support from a $730,000 grant by the Walmart Foundation.