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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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New Columnist Joins JAFSCD

Monica White portraitOctober 3, 2016 -- We are proud to announce that JAFSCD has engaged Dr. Monica White as our newest columnist. 


Monica is an assistant professor of Environmental Justice at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her research investigates communities of color and grassroots organizations that are engaged in the development of sustainable, community food systems as a strategy to respond to issues of hunger and food inaccessibility. Her recent publications include “A Pig and a Garden: Fannie Lou Hamer and the Freedom Farms Cooperative,” forthcoming in Food and Foodways: Explorations in the History and Culture of Human Nourishment. Her first book, Freedom Farmers: Agricultural Resistance and the Black Freedom Movement, is scheduled for release in fall 2017 from University of North Carolina Press. Freedom Farmers revises the historical narrative of African American resistance and breaks new ground by including the work, roles, and contributions of southern Black farmers and the organizations they formed. 

In addition to her academic work, she's been active in the food justice movement for a decade and serves as president of the board of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (DBCFSN), and on the advisory board of SAAFON (Southeast African American Farmers Organic Network). Her work in the classroom and community emphasizes the theoretical framework of collective agency and community resilience and the use of community-based food systems and agriculture as a strategy of community development. Dr. White has received several grants, including a multiyear, multimillion-dollar USDA research grant to study food insecurity in Michigan. She received the 2013 Olsen Award for distinguished service to the practice of sociology from the Michigan Sociological Association and the Michigan Campus Compact Faculty/Staff Community Service-Learning Award. She was appointed to the Food Justice Task Force sponsored by the Institute for Agricultural Trade Policy (IATP), and maintains a highly ranked and reviewed blog (soil2soul).


We wil be publishing Monica's column, Freedom's Seeds: Reflections on Race, Food and Community, starting in the fall 2016 issue.

Big News from JAFSCD!


PKP logoAugust 28, 2016 -- We are very excited to be transitioning soon to a new web home for JAFSCD. We will be moving from our current custom site to one using the Open Journal Systems (OJS) platform, developed and hosted by the Public Knowledge Project (affiliated with Simon Fraser University). OJS is used by tens of thousands of journals, most of which are open access.

While JAFSCD is remaining subscription-based for the short term, we are exploring sustainable models for going open access. Using OJS as our platform positions us to do that in the future and to be allied with a community of reputable OA journals. Feel free to view the new site, but note that we are not yet open to access content by current subscribers or to accept new subscribers.

Benefits of the new site for JAFSCD readers, authors, and reviewers include:

  • All papers published in JAFSCD since our launch in summer 2010 will be found on the new site.
  • The new site is mobile-friendly.
  • The new site hosts both the JAFSCD content and the manuscript submission and review system. If you submit a paper, it will be through the new site. If you are a JAFSCD reviewer, you will do your reviews through the new site. One system, one user account!
  • Google Scholar is a partner of OJS, and the content we have uploaded to the new site is already appearing in Google Scholar.
  • OJS offers improved searching and additional reader tools for JAFSCD content.

Because transitioning involves a lot of extra work, we will be publishing a combined summer and fall issue of JAFSCD. Papers will continue to be published as they're ready, so it won't delay the publication of papers that have been accepted. If you have any questions or comments, contact editor in chief This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



JAFSCD-Cover-Vol6-Issue3-LoResSpring Issue Wraps Up


June 20, 2016 -- The spring issue of JAFSCD wrapped up on the last day of the season with more papers on a range of topics: Amish perceptions of fresh produce safety; principles of sustainable agriculture; Walmart's animal welfare policy; locational advantage and scale for local vs. conventional produce; barriers to EBT at farmers markets; and reviews of  Introduction to the U.S. Food System  and How To Thrive in the Next Economy.


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Last Updated on Tuesday, October 04 2016 09:54

Banner photos include a Cape Cod cranberry bog; a cranberry “screen house” used to grade fresh cranberries; farmland near Lake Placid, NY, in the Adirondack Mountains; Montmorency cherry trees on the Mission Peninsula of northern Michigan; the historic Round Barn in the South Mountain Apple Belt of Adams County, Pennsylvania; the “Sea of Grapes” district of the Lake Erie Concord Grape Belt, near Erie, Penn; a field of cabbages near Shortsville, NY, home to one of the world’s largest sauerkraut factories. All photos copyright by Duncan Hilchey.


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