Mark Winne

Mark Winne

From 1979 to 2003, Mark Winne was the Executive Director of the Hartford Food System, a private nonprofit agency that works on food and hunger issues in the Hartford, Connecticut area. During his tenure with HFS, Mark organized community self-help food projects that assisted the city’s lower income and elderly residents. Mark’s work with the Food System included the development of commercial food businesses, Connecticut’s Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, farmers’ markets, a 25-acre community supported agriculture farm, a food bank, food and nutrition education programs, and a neighborhood supermarket.

Mark is a co-founder of a number of food and agriculture policy groups including the City of Hartford Food Policy Commission, the Connecticut Food Policy Council, End Hunger Connecticut!, and the national Community Food Security Coalition. He was an organizer and chairman of the Working Lands Alliance, a statewide coalition working to preserve Connecticut’s farmland, and is a founder of the Connecticut Farmland Trust. Mark was a member of the United States delegation to the 2000 World Conference on Food Security in Rome and is a 2001 recipient of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary’s Plow Honor Award. From 2002 until 2004, Mark was a Food and Society Policy Fellow, a position supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. 

Mark currently writes, speaks, and consults extensively on community food system topics including hunger and food insecurity, local and regional agriculture, community food assessment, and food policy. Since 2013, Mark has served as a Senior Advisor at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future where he works on local and state food policy. His essays and opinion pieces have appeared in the Hartford Courant, the Boston Globe, The Nation, In These Times, Sierra Magazine, Orion Magazine, Successful Farming, Yes! Magazine, and numerous organizational and professional journals. Mark blogs regularly at www.markwinne.com. He is the author of Stand Together or Starve Alone: Unity and Chaos in the U.S. Food Movement (Praeger Press 2018), Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty (Beacon Press 2008), and Food Rebels, Guerilla Gardeners, and Smart Cookin’ Mamas: Fighting Back in an Age of Industrial Agriculture (Beacon Press, 2010).

Mark now lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico and holds a bachelor’s degree from Bates College and a master’s degree from Southern New Hampshire University.

FSLN Author Talk: Food Town USA with Mark Winne

Author talk hosted by the Wallace Center for the Food Systems Leadership Network

The Food Systems Leadership Network, part of The Wallace Center at Winrock International, held their inaugural "Author Talk" with Mark Winne discussing his book, Food Town, USA...

The Food Systems Leadership Network, part of The Wallace Center at Winrock International, held their inaugural "Author Talk" with Mark Winne discussing his book, Food Town, USA. During the conversation Mark shared key themes he noticed during his research, his reflections on community resiliency, and more. Hear food systems stories of innovation and inspiration happening across the country!

 

Webinar: Food Towns

Revitalizing Communities through Food

Healthy, sustainable fare is changing communities across this country, revitalizing towns that have been ravaged by disappearing industries and decades of inequity.

What sparked this revolution? How are communities making their ideas a...

Healthy, sustainable fare is changing communities across this country, revitalizing towns that have been ravaged by disappearing industries and decades of inequity.

What sparked this revolution? How are communities making their ideas a reality? 

In this webinar with ioby, Sarah Reid of Flavorful Creations in Detroit discusses her ioby funded project, from idea to reality, and the way it's transforming her community. Moderator and panelist Mark Winne gives a brief presentation on the transformations that he saw across his travels while writing his book, Food Town, USA: Seven Unlikely Cities that are Changing the Way We Eat. Brooke Harris, Detroit Action Strategist from ioby, shares how her organization is helping drive community-led positive change through crowdfunding.

Webinar created in partnership with ioby

UDC CAUSES-TV: New Top Food Cities

Sabine O'Hara interviews Mark Winne

Take a moment and make a mental list of America’s top foodie cities in the Unites States. What cities come to mind? I am guessing, but I suspect Boise, Idaho or Sitka, Alaska are probably not on that list! Yet, they are the new face of the food...

Take a moment and make a mental list of America’s top foodie cities in the Unites States. What cities come to mind? I am guessing, but I suspect Boise, Idaho or Sitka, Alaska are probably not on that list! Yet, they are the new face of the food movement. Healthy and sustainable fare is changing communities across this country, revitalizing towns that have been ravaged by disappearing industries and decades of inequity.

The UDC College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability & Environmental Sciences, which is home to DC's landgrant programs, hosted Mark Winne, author of Food Town, USA, for a seminar. Dr. Sabine O’Hara, Distinguished Professor and PhD Program Director, interviewed Mark. This is their video from the event. All rights belong to UDC CAUSES.