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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/Associate Professor in Food Systems (Tenure Track)


UVMLogoSolid3425-K_stacked-TrimmedThe University of Vermont seeks candidates to join us in building our capacity to understand the interconnected aspects of the modern food system and to develop creative models for sustainable food systems.

     Candidates should have a demonstrated record of collaborative, transdisciplinary work and a desire to engage with colleagues across UVM colleges and departments. Anticipated start date is within the 2014–2015 academic year, subject to negotiation.

 Click here to see a more detailed job description and details on applying.

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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.




Cooperatives Special Issue Freely Available in July!


Women filleting fish for ILOC in Manitoba


June 27, 2014 -- The special issue on cooperatives and alternative food systems initiatives, just completed, will be freely available — no subscription needed! — through the month of July. We are doing this to make these papers more readily available to researchers and practitioners and to extend the research on and practice of cooperatives. It also offers prospective subscribers a chance to explore the contents of JAFSD. We welcome you sharing this information with your colleagues and networks.


We suggest you share the link to this issue's table of contents (http://www.agdevjournal.com/volume-4-issue-3.html) in your tweets, blog posts, listserv messages, etc. We also hope you will recommend that your library subscribe!


(Photo: Workers at the ILOC fishery cooperative in Garden Hill First Nation, Manitoba, Canada, fillet fish; image from the paper in this issue. Photo courtesy of co-author Mohammad Rony.)

JAFSCD at the University of Vermont Food Systems Summit

June 26, 2014 -- We're back from the UVM Food Systems Summit (June 17–18), aptly entitled "The Necessary [r]Evolution for Sustainable Food Systems," where we tabled for JAFSCD and met lots of supporters. Presentations ranged from seed saving to an analysis of Monterrey, Mexico's, urban food system.


Keynote speeches by Rosamond Naylor, Eric Holt-Gimenez, and Nicholas Freudenberg were thought-provoking, inspiring, and moving. The Taste of Vermont reception was a great opportunity to meet new and prospective readers — and to hobnob and nosh on Vermont specialty foods!


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JAFSCD will be publishing papers from Summit presenters that are approved through the peer review process. Look for the special issue with Jane Kolodinsky of UVM as guest editor in winter 2014–15.


The spring issue of JAFSCD is underway


May 22, 2014 -- Papers are now published on the special topic of Cooperatives and Alternative Food Systems Initiatives, with a panel of expert guest editors:

  • Colin Anderson at Coventry University, UK (formerly at the University of Manitoba)
  • Henk Renting at the RUAF Foundation (International Network of Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security), the Netherlands
  • Lynda Brushett at the Cooperative Development Institute, USA
  • Tom Gray at the Cooperative Services office of U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development

Cover of winter 2013-2014 issueThe winter 2013–2014 issue is complete!

March 20, 2014 -- 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.




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).


Last Updated on Friday, September 12 2014 15:30

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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