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Welcome to JAFSCD!

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 in publishing the journal.


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Assistant Professor in Food Safety and Consumer Food Production

Tenure-track appointment with links to local and regional food systems work, including small-scale processing and entrepreneurship.

See the position description.





June 16–17, 2015

Burlington, Vermont

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New Call for Papers Announced: Labor in the Food System

In 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!


Commentary on the Ebola Epidemic in Sierra Leone by JAFSCD Columnist Rami Zurayk


Nov. 17, 2014 -- We have just posted Rami Zurayk's timely thoughts on the Ebola epidemic that is challenging Sierra Leone:

This commentary is publicly available, so feel free to share the link with your networks.

New Papers Posted to Start the Fall Issue



Grass-Soil-Hope-coverWe start off JAFSCD's fifth year of publication with the fall 2014 issue. See an open-call paper and book reviewed published in this issue so far:

(Photo credit: Brad Masi. This six-acre Ohio City Farm sits on a bluff above the Cuyahoga River, overlooking downtown Cleveland. The farm includes four enterprises, including the Refugee Response market farm pictured here. See the original article that includes this photo at Resilience.org.)



JAFSCD Sponsors American Farmland Trust Conference




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Farmland, Food & Livable Communities will be held October 20–22, 2014, at the Hilton Downtown Lexington, 369 West Vine Street, Lexington, Kentucky. Within a day’s drive of two-thirds of the U.S. population, Lexington is strategically located at the intersection of Interstates 64 and 75. Lodging is available at special conference rates. Join American Farmland Trust and more than 70 experts and national thought leaders in Lexington, Kentucky, to learn about best-in-class practices, planning and policy development. Help craft solutions to the urgent issues facing food and agriculture in the 21st century.




Last Updated on Monday, March 16 2015 15:29

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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