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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.


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Cover of winter 2013-2014 issue

The winter 2013–2014 issue is complete!

The winter issue is completed just as the earth tilts into spring. Check out the full content of this issue; a PDF of the complete contents is available now. Happy spring!

Just published in the winter 2013–2014 issue...

Accepted papers to be published in the coming weeks:
  • Land Trusts and Beginning Farmers’ Access to Land: Exploring the Relationships in Coastal California, by Jessica Beckett and Ryan Galt (both at the University of California Davis)
  • Community Food Production as Food Security:  Resource and Economic  Valuation in Madison, Wisconsin (USA), by Vincent M. Smith (Southern Oregon University) and John A. Harrington (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Evaluating the Economic and Nutritional Benefits of EBT Programs at Farmers' Markets, by Kristin Krokowski (University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension Waukesha County)
  • Beyond the Farmer and the Butcher: Institutional Entrepreneurship and Local Meat, by Lauren Gwin (Oregon State University) and Arion Thiboumery (Iowa State University)
  • Evaluating the South Memphis Farmers Market as a Strategy to Improve Access to Healthy Foods, by Kathryn Hicks and A. Katherine Lambert-Pennington (both at the University of Memphis)
  • Can Large Retailers Localize Supply Chains? A Case Analysis of the Challenges Facing One Canadian Retailer, by Doug McCallum, Alissa Mae Campbell, and Rod MacRae (all at York University)

And look for columns from Ken Meter, Rami Zurayk, and Kate Clancy, and a book review of Cristina Grasseni's Beyond Alternative Food Networks: Italy's Solidarity Purchase Groups.


JAFSCD_Fall_2013_Cover-LoResJanuary 31, 2014 -- The fall issue on "land for food: a focus on farmland protection and land grabbing" has just wrapped up. We extended its deadline in order to include more papers on the topic.



Just published:

  • "Rethinking Investment Dynamics: An Alternative Framework of the Global Land Rush," by Elizabeth Starr (currently a researcher at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia). The author proposes a framework that includes physical changes in land use, and interactions between investors and the actors in developing countries who participate in the bargaining process.
  • The guest editorial, "Land: The New Gold," by Julia Freedgood, assistant vice president for programs at American Farmland Trust — sponsor of this special-topic issue.




The Food Systems Journal

Welcomes Sponsors!

JAFSCD is pleased to have the support of
four leading North American university programs
focused on food systems in publishing the journal.
Details here!

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Center for Transformative Action


  We also appreciate the support of our fiscal
sponsor, the Center for Transformative Action
(an affiliate of Cornell University).



JAFSCD Cover Volume 3 Issue 4-LoRes

Food Systems Research Priorities Commentaries

— Your Comments Invited!

September 20, 2013 -- JAFSCD's summer issue includes papers on food systems research priorities for the next 5 years from a wide range of contributors. To encourage discourse on what research is needed, we have posted all the research commentaries as open access no subscription is needed to access the full-content PDFs.


We're excited to provide this forum on important future research. COnsider the comment feature on each commentary's page as your invitation to join the dialogue.





October 22, 2013 -- JAFSCD's fall 2013 issue, now underway, focuses on the topic "land for food." American Farmland Trust is the fall issue sponsor as the topic dovetails with its mission of protecting farmland, promoting sound farming practices, and keeping farmers on the land. Julia Freedgood, managing director of Farmland and Community Initiatives for American Farmland Trust — and a founding advisory board member of JAFSCD — will be providing a guest editorial to introduce the topic and place the papers in context.

Accepted papers to date (with more to follow) include:

  • Farm Adaptation at the Rural Urban Interface, by Shoshanah M. Inwood (University of Vermont) and Jill K. Clark (The Ohio State University)
  • Delineating the Economic and Food Production Potential of Underutilized, Small Parcel Farmland in Metropolitan Surrey, British Columbia, by Kent Mullinix, Caitlin Dorward, Marc Shutzbank, Parthiphan Krishnan, Karen Ageson, and Arthur Fallick (all at Kwantlen Polytechnic University)
  • Access to Farmland: A Systems Change Perspective, by Kathryn Z. Ruhf (Land For Good, Inc.)
  • Farms or Freeways? Citizen Engagement and Municipal Governance in Edmonton's Food and Agriculture Strategy Development, by Mary A. Beckie (University of Alberta), Lorelei L. Hanson (Athabasca University), and Deborah Schrader (University of Alberta)

These papers and open-call papers will be published in the coming weeks through December.



Last Updated on Tuesday, April 01 2014 08:32

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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