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 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...

Engage

and work closely with the Hub’s agricultural network to onboard new producers to the OpenTEAM tech ecosystem.

Facilitate

data entry into producer profiles that can be used by producers to connect, share data, and collaborate with other farmers, ranchers, or networks

Maximize

data-driven value for the land steward by helping track and store data on farm management, practices, soil health measures, and other data points with OpenTEAM tools.

Act

as trusted intermediaries between tool developers and land stewards to strengthen connections and share feedback to ensure tools are meeting producer needs.

The Fellows

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The Quivira Coalition is a Santa Fe-based nonprofit that builds resilience on arid working lands. We foster ecological, economic, and social health through education, innovation, and collaboration. Quivira Coalition’s Carbon Ranch Initiative (CRI) is dedicated to outreach and research that supports regenerative agriculture that can build soil carbon on working lands. We conduct research, outreach, and technical support around soil health, and promote monitoring and iterative decision-making as an important component of land stewardship.

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Black Farmer Fund’s mission is to nurture Black community wealth & health by investing in Black agricultural systems in the Northeast. They believe Black farmers, business owners, and land stewards should benefit equitably from financing, intellectual capital, technical assistance, networking, and public policies. They function as an investment vehicle that provides capital built around individual needs to Black food businesses in New York State while centering Black farmers, business owners, and land stewards in funding decisions, through practicing collective decision-making with our community-led investment committee. This committee makes funding decisions around Black farmers and food businesses that center economic justice, community wealth building and being in good relationship with the environment. 

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Point Blue is a growing and internationally renowned nonprofit with over 160 staff and scientists. Founded in 1965 and working from California to Antarctica, Point Blue’s highest priority today is to increase the pace, scale, and impact of climate-smart conservation. Point Blue’s Working Lands Group staff and scientists conduct and translate rigorous science and work with land stewards and other partners to ensure agricultural landscapes provide ecosystem services that support the needs of people and wildlife. 

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The Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust* (NEFOC-LT) is a hybrid model land trust, bringing together a community land trust model and a conservation land trust model to reimagine land access as well as conservation and stewardship of communities and ecosystems with the goal of manifesting a community vision that uplifts global Indigenous, Black, and People Of Color relationships with land, skills, and lifeways.

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The California Association of Resource Conservation Districts (CARCD) provides legislative representation, capacity-building, networking, project/program management, and funding support for over 80 active RCDs (Resource Conservation Districts) across California. CARCD also serves as a founding partner of the California Farm Demonstration Network (CFDN) which is a collaboration among California farmers, ranchers, agricultural technical assistance providers, and statewide agriculture organizations working together to scale the adoption of conservation practices toward a shared goal of resilient and thriving farms and ranches. 

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Pasa Sustainable Agriculture, a Pennsylvania-based sustainable agriculture association, started out as a small group of Pennsylvania farmers interested in collecting and sharing their own resources and experiences around sustainable farming in the early 1990s. Since then, Pasa has invested in farm-based research, farmer training, and events and conferences about sustainable agricultural practices to support farmers and ranchers in bettering their communities and the environment.

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General Mills is working to advance regenerative agriculture on 1 million acres of farmland by 2030. At General Mills, their business is rooted in the earth as they rely upon the output of Mother Nature and farming communities – oats, wheat, dairy, corn, sugar beets and a whole host of crops and livestock – to make food the world loves. 

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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 is funded by the Walmart Foundation.