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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


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, entitled, “Freedom Farmers: Agricultural Resistance and the Black Freedom Movement,” is under contract with the University of North Carolina Press, and is scheduled to be released fall 2017. 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 the President of the Board of Directors 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 multi-year, multi-million 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 Freedom's Seeds: Reflections on Race, Food and Community in our forthcoming Fall 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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Spring Issue Features Papers on a Range of Topics

June 3, 2016 -- JAFSCD's spring issue features open-call papers on a variety of topics, along with John Ikerd's call for an Ethic of Sustainability and several book reviews. We'll be publishing items right through spring, so keep on eye out! If you're not on our "Article Heads-up" notification list, you can sign up on this issue's table of contents (scroll down to the "Not Ready To Subscribe Yet?" panel in the left margin). 



JAFSCD-Cover-Vol6-Issue2-LoResWinter Issue Is Complete: Labor in the Food System

INFAS-LogoApril 4, 2016 -- The winter of JAFSCD focuses on the topic of Labor in the Food System from Farm to Table. The issue is being sponsored by INFAS, the Inter-Institutional Network for Food and Agricultural Sustainability.


All papers, reviews, and columns are now published to this issue -- check them out!



Now Available: Textbook on US Food System, Edited by Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future Faculty

textbook US Food SystemAt long last, there is a textbook that engages students in a scholarly overview of today’s food system in the U.S.

Edited by Roni Neff, a program director at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF) and faculty member in the Bloomberg School’s Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Introduction to the US Food System: Public Health, Environment, and Equity focuses on the U.S. food system’s relationships with public health, the environment, equity, and society. The textbook provides evidence-based perspectives and is rich with illustrative examples, case studies, activities, and discussion questions.

For years prior to publication, several members of the CLF had discussed on the idea of a textbook that would serve as a resource for helping students tackle the thorniest problems in the food system and for encouraging them to think critically about solutions. Student interest in the food system has grown dramatically since the new millennium, and academic courses and programs addressing the food system have proliferated.

The textbook addresses issues including food insecurity, social justice, community and worker health concerns, food marketing, nutrition, resource depletion, and ecological degradation. Contributing authors include, among many others, well-known food system experts such as Alice Ammerman, Molly Anderson, Mariana Chilton, Kate Clancy, Fred Kirschenmann, Robert S. Lawrence, Wayne Roberts, LaDonna Sanders-Redmond, David Wallinga, and Mark Winne. (Altogether there are 106 contributors to the book.)

The textbook is well suited for readers with a variety of perspectives, among them undergraduate and graduate students and professionals in the fields of public health, nutritional science, nursing, medicine, environment, policy, business, social science, and more. It is designed for use in many types of departments or schools to support educators from a variety of disciplines and their efforts to meet growing student demand for course work on food system topics. In addition, there is an online supplement for educators, which provides learning activities and slides for each chapter, as well as other resource materials.

As director of CLF’s Food System Sustainability and Public Health program, Roni has dedicated her career to thinking about and addressing food and ecological concerns as they intersect with the public’s health. She teaches two service-learning courses: Baltimore Food Systems: A Case Study in Urban Food Environments, and the Food System Sustainability Practicum course, which she co-teaches with Meg Burke. In 2012-2013 Roni was a SOURCE Service-Learning faculty fellow, and she is on the faculty of the Bloomberg School’s Environmental Health Sciences and Health Policy and Management departments.

The textbook may be purchased directly from Wiley Jossey-Bass or from other booksellers. 

Preview the list of chapters, contributing authors and the Introduction.



JAFSCD-Cover-Volume6-Issue1-LoResFall Issue Wraps Up with Papers and a Final Review


December 21, 2015 -- The fall issue of JAFSCD is now complete. Remember to log in at right if you're a subscriber so you can access the full-text PDFs! The entire issue can be downloaded, or its table of contents. The final published items include:

A final book review is also published:

(Cover photo copyright © by Stephanie Carnow and used with permission.)

Fall Issue Continues with Range of Papers and Reviews


December 17, 2015 -- See the latest papers published:

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