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The Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development (JAFSCD: ISSN 2152-0801) is an online international, peer-reviewed publication focused on the practice and applied research interests of agriculture and food systems development professionals and scholars.



JAFSCD is sponsored by four leading North American university programs focused on food systems.


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Summer Issue Wraps up with Additional Commentaries on Race and Ethnicity in Food Systems Work


September 23, 2015 -- The summer issue of JAFSCD has been completed with the addition of 5 new commentaries and a book review.


We have posted the entire issue as a single PDF, available to subscribers. We have also posted a PDF of all 24 commentaries  on race and ethnicity in food systems work that is freely available. This could make good reading for students, nonprofit board members, food policy council members, and others working to "bring good food to others" (Guthman, 2008). We also hope this stimulates research into this understudied topic.


More Commentaries on Race and Ethnicity in Food Systems Work Published


September 3, 2015 -- We've published too many new commentaries to list here! We are continuing to publish commentaries as the summer hastens to an end. Check back often to see the new ones!


If you don't receive "JAFSCD Article Heads-up" notifications from us, join our mailing list! (If you don't have a Facebook account, go to the current issue and sign up at the "Not Ready to Subscribe Yet?" form at left.)


Cover photo: The hands of the Freedom Farmers Market's elder, Ms. Mattie, as she participates in the market's pea-shelling contest in Oakland, California. See Decolonizing a Food System: Freedom Farmers Market as a Place for Resistance and Analysis, to be published soon. (Photo by Adrionna Fike; used with permission)


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New Commentaries on Race and Ethnicity in Food Systems Work Now Posted


August 4, 2015 -- The first commentaries on race and ethnicity in food systems work are now posted and include:

We'll be publishing over 20 commentaries as the summer progresses. Check back often to see them! And if you don't receive "JAFSCD Article Heads-up" notifications from us, join our mailing list! (If you don't have a Facebook account, go to the current issue and sign up at the "Not Ready to Subscribe Yet?" form at left.)


Photo above: Urban agriculture leader Karen Washington (right) visits the Groundswell Incubator Farm in Ithaca, New York. With her (from left to right) are Devon Van Noble, Groundswell Incubator Program Manager; Damon Brangman, Incubator Farmer, with wife Jackie Richardson and their daughter; and a board member from the local nonprofit GreenStar Community Projects. (Photo courtesy of Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming, Ithaca, New York.)


Summer Issue Features Commentaries on Race and Ethnicity in Food Systems Work


July 8, 2015 -- We received two dozen commentaries on race and ethnicity from authors reflecting on a wide range of experiences and topics in response to our call for commentaries. We'll be publishing them throughout the summer.


In addition, we'll be publishing several peer-reviewed papers, including:

  • Potential National Economic Benefits of the Food Insecurity and Nutrition Incentives Program of the Agricultural Act of 2014, by Carolyn Dimitri (New York University) and Lydia Oberholtzer (Penn State University)
  • Unraveling the Differences between Organic and Non-Organic Thai Rice Farmers' Environmental Views and Perceptions of Well-being, by Alexander H. Kaufman (Khon Kaen University)
  • Consumer Demand for Value-added Products of African Indigenous Vegetables in Coastal Kenya: The Case of Sun-dried and Frozen Cowpea Leaves, by Julius J. Okello (International Potato Center), Margaret J. Hutchinson, Agnes Mwang'ombe, Jane Ambuko, Florence Olubayo, and Martin Mwakangalu

Also look for commentaries, columns, and book reviews in the summer issue.



Spring Issue Wraps Up


June 22, 2015 -- The spring issue has wrapped up with a column and 3 more papers.

Look soon for papers as well as commentaries on race and ethnicity in the food system to be published in the summer issue.


Papers Being Published in Spring Issue


May 28, 2015 -- JAFSCD's authors and editors are busily at work wrapping up columns, papers, and reviews for the spring issue! Here's what we've published so far:

More papers and columns will be published soon as we wrap up the issue by the official end of spring.


New Call for Commentaries on Race and Ethnicity in Food Systems


JAFSCD_Cover_Vol1_Issue3Despite the best intentions of many, the food movement manifests levels of whiteness and privilege that tend to exclude significant parts of society, and thus does not address the needs of the excluded. JAFSCD invites commentaries (under 2,500 words, and preferably 1,500–2,000 words) from activists, scholars, and other food systems development professional and practitioners on issues and strategies related to race and ethnicity in food systems.


Submission deadline: June 15, 2015, for publication in the summer 2015 issue.


New Call for Papers Announced: Labor in the Food System


INFAS-Sponsor-WebIn partnership with INFAS, we announce a call for papers on Labor in the Food System from Farm to Table. See more and some example manuscript topics on the call page.


The deadline for manuscripts is Sept. 22, 2015, with papers to be published in our winter 2015–16 issue or spring 2016.


We appreciate your help getting the word out about this call! See the flyer PDF at the bottom of the call page.


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Papers Now Published in Winter Issue


UVM 2014 Food Systems Summit banner logoThe winter issue features papers from the 2014 University of Vermont Food Systems Summit: Local-level Responses to Globalization in the Food System

This issue will include an editorial by Jane Kolodinsky, professor and chair, Community Development and Applied Economics at the University of Vermont, and will include commentaries from the keynote speakers and papers that resulted from presentations at the summit.


See the items posted to date:

Economic Impacts of Local Food in Iowa Released by Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture


Jan. 8, 2015 -- This new report summarizes the statewide impact of the local food industry on Iowa's economy, based on data collected 2012–2013 through the Regional Food Systems Working Group.


The data measured four indicators of economic change:

  • local food sales by farmers;
  • local food purchases by grocery stores, restaurants and institutions;
  • job creation as a result of local food production, processing or utilization; and
  • funds leveraged by RFSWG groups to support the development of regional food systems.

This two-year project was the first comprehensive statewide attempt to measure actual community impacts associated with regional food system development in Iowa. The 2013 report discusses a void that exists for getting accurate data nationally on economic activity in the local foods sector. See the JAFSCD guest editorial about that data void published in the fall 2014 issue.


Vol-5-Issue-1-Cover-MedResFall Issue Wraps Up with John Ikerd's Column and a Final Paper


Dec. 19, 2014 -- John Ikerd expresses frustration with the U.S.'s lack of recognition of the importance of family farms' multifunctionality. Authors Afroza Hasin, Sylvia Smith, and Pat Stieren explore how farmers markets that accept electronic transactions for SNAP have enhanced sales and get more healthy food into the hands of those who need it. Our fall 2014 issue is a wrap! On the cover: Food service workers practive washing, slicing, and dicing fresh produce following a workshop hosted by the New Jersey Farm to School Network. Read more at the fall 2014 table of contents. (Photo by Chelsey Simpson, National Farm To School Network)




Dec. 3, 2014 -- We have just posted the latest in our series of JAFSCD Food Systems Briefs, "Fostering Partnerships in Supplying Large School Districts." This is based on a case study of two programs using values-based value chains to procure food for large school districts. It includes lessons learned about developing partnerships and the importance of roles played by scholars and community partners. Food Systems Briefs are free and available to all — so share with your colleagues!

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