Colin Mitchell - American Farmland Trust

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Colin Mitchell

Climate and Soil Health Deputy Director

Colin joined AFT in July of 2024, bringing his experience in project and program management, soil health practices and voluntary carbon markets. In his role as Deputy Director for the national Climate and Soil Health Team, Colin oversees internal program management operations and work planning to ensure successful achievement and reporting of outcomes. He oversees communications, staff development, contract management and financial spenddown. He also supports the director in diversifying funding, defining programmatic priorities and growth strategies and fostering external partner relationships.

Prior to joining AFT, Colin worked with Native, a renowned carbon project developer, where he played a pivotal role in managing the development and operations of the Northern Great Plains Improved Grazing Carbon Program. His responsibilities also included the origination of other innovative agriculture carbon projects. In his tenure as a Sustainable Agriculture Specialist at the National Center for Appropriate Technology, Colin managed grants and worked on projects in regenerative cropping and grazing, agroforestry, and soil health. Colin’s commitment to sustainable agriculture extends beyond his professional roles. He has served on the board of several organizations, including the Texas Organic Farmer and Garden Association, the Texas State Small Producers Initiative, and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Climate Change Subcommittee. Colin has worked on or managed regenerative farms and ranches in Texas, California, and Oregon and completed a yearlong internship at the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia, further enhancing his practical knowledge. He holds a Bachelor’s in Government from The University of Texas at Austin, complemented by a minor in Geography and the Environment.

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