Organizer, Regional Food Solutions LLC
Patty Cantrell's passion for the strength and necessity of community-based economies has led her from family farm roots to a career of telling the local business story as a professional journalist and policy advocate. As Regional Food Solutions LLC, her communications and consulting work focuses on the new business models and public policies we need for stronger farms, healthier people, and more resilient regional economies. Her experience includes development of a local food marketing initiative and related farm-to-school and regional business development programming in the Michigan Land Use Institute’s home territory of northwest Lower Michigan. Patty began her career at the green energy Rocky Mountain Institute, where she developed community organizing tools for keeping family farms alive and growing. She later earned an MBA from Springfield, Missouri's Drury College while learning the journalism profession as a business reporter and columnist at the Springfield (MO) News-Leader and as a freelance writer for national publications.