The Journal of Agriculture and Food Systems Development is unique in its focus on applied research and best practices. Trade journals have less structured articles, while scholarly or academic journals have a standardized, if rigid, structure. JAFSCD is both and neither of these. As the field of agriculture and food system development is both deep and broad, we look for clean, efficient language that speaks to a diverse audience with a voracious appetite for fresh strategies and proven techniques. Providing technical details is critical, but not at the expense of clarity.
To provide some idea of the style and content of manuscripts that are accepted by the publisher, we offer as examples the applied research papers in our inaugural issue, whose full content is publicly available. An example of a quantitative paper based on data collected through a series of surveys and providing simple descriptive statistics is Achieving Program Goals? An Evaluation of Two Decades of the Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture at the University of California, Santa Cruz. An example of a qualitative paper based on a case study prepared through interviews and direct experience is Creating Access to Land Grant Resources for Multicultural and Disadvantaged Farmers.
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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