Julie Ristau

Senior Fellow


Julie grew up on a small diversified farm in Southern Minnesota and has years of professional experience in the agriculture arena. She founded Principle of Regeneration LLC and co-founded Homegrown Minneapolis, the city’s local Urban Agriculture and Food initiative. She was also on the Board of the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture for six years and is currently on the Board of Shared Capital Cooperative. Julie joined Sharing Our Roots in 2015 to help acquire and establish the 100-acre farm. She served as Executive Director from 2018-2020 and now works with the Sharing Our Roots' team as a Senior Fellow, a Climate Land Leader and as the spark for the new Southeast Minnesota Agrarian Commons. As a Senior Fellow, Julie helps advise Sharing Our Roots' leadership team around communications, finance and development.

What Julie Enjoys About Sharing Our Roots

I am most excited to work on the edge of innovation and with such a talented group of co-workers. It is very inspiring to help lead the farm establishment as a regional asset for the common good and watch up close the power of nature and regenerative practices to heal the earth.