Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development 2018-11-15T17:59:42-08:00 Publisher and Editor in Chief: Duncan Hilchey Open Journal Systems <p>The&nbsp;<strong><em>Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development</em><em>&nbsp;</em>(JAFSCD) </strong>is an <strong>open access, international, peer-reviewed</strong> <strong>journal</strong> focused on the practice and applied research interests of agriculture and food systems development professionals. JAFSCD emphasizes best practices and tools related to the planning, community economic development, and ecological protection of local and regional agriculture and food systems, and works to bridge the interests of practitioners and academics. Articles are published online as they are approved, and are gathered into quarterly issues for indexing purposes. JAFSCD is an online-only journal; subscribers may download or print any articles in accordance with the Creative Commons <a title="CC BY 4.0" href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">CC BY 4.0</a> license.</p> Cultivating Successful Student Farms through Site Selection and Design 2018-11-15T17:59:42-08:00 Rebekah VanWieren <p>The number of college and university student farms is growing rapidly in the United States. New, and even established, student farms have the opportunity and challenge to define both their strategy and physical design, which are critical to the farm’s success. In this exploratory study of student farms across the U.S., I examine the spatial and physical design relationships that tend to be hallmarks of thriving university student farms. I employ grounded theory and content analysis to analyze 27 semistructured interviews with student farm personnel and direct field observations from 19 student farm sites at 12 public universities. The findings of this study suggest important considera­tions for site selection based on accessibility, appearance, and visibility. Onsite design recom­mendations for layout, spaces, and features are presented for six domains of the farm site. These findings illuminate how resilient student farm sites rely not only on appropriate biophysical conditions and production efficiencies, but also on physical spaces that stimulate social interaction and align with the broader campus context. These insights are most applicable to new or expanding student farms undergoing the master planning process.</p> 2018-11-15T00:00:00-08:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Injustices Made Right: Ed Scott Jr.’s Victory in Saving the Family Farm 2018-11-15T17:59:41-08:00 Aaryn Wilson <p><em>First paragraphs:</em></p> <p><em>Catfish Dream</em> is told in 129 pages with every line crafted to tell the best parts of a man who rose above barriers to become a war hero, commu­nity hero, family hero, and business hero. In this book, Rankin articulates the proud history of the Scott family in farming, community, and business. The book traces Ed Scott Jr.’s struggles to keep his land, despite the discrimination and disenfranchise­ment he and other African American farmers faced during the 20<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;century, and on the slow road to seeing injustices made right.</p> <p>Instead of being a book that just makes readers angry and sad about the plight of African American farmers in the recent past, Rankin describes Ed Scott Jr. as a figure not unlike Henry Ford. A strength of this book is that it is approachable to all, and everyone who reads it will be glad they did. This book could appeal to both academics and practitioners. . . .&nbsp;</p> 2018-11-15T00:00:00-08:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Transformative Change Eludes the Well-Meaning but Fractured Food Movement 2018-11-15T17:59:40-08:00 Renee Brooks Catacalos <p><em>First paragraph:</em></p> <p>Mark Winne may not have invented food policy councils, but he has probably done more than anyone in the U.S. to popularize them over his more than four decades of experience working in the food movement. In the last 15 years, Winne has traveled the country and the world, working with hundreds of organizations as a consultant and trainer. From this vantage point, in <em>Stand Together or Starve Alone,</em> he laments the failure of the food movement to achieve deep and lasting change, despite the growing momentum surround­ing the food movement. Citing dismal numbers that show food insecurity only getting worse in the richest country in the world—while obesity has eclipsed tobacco use as the United States’ most pressing public health issue—Winne asks why so little progress has been made in 50 years of the food revolution. His answer: both the food move­ment’s inability to collaborate across sectors, and each sector’s inability to look critically at its own assumptions about its role in the food system. He cites as an example the rise of the food bank as one of the most important nonprofit institutions in many communities, calling this a “dubious measure of success.” Charity feeding programs have not turned the ship around with regard to hunger or obesity in the U.S., partly, Winne argues, because they are working, like other sectors, without a “shared understanding of the causes of our food problems.”</p> 2018-11-15T00:00:00-08:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Economic Analysis of Local Food Procurement in Southwest Florida's Farm to School Programs 2018-11-12T17:59:31-08:00 Jonathan Adam Watson Danielle Treadwell Ray Bucklin <p>Farm to school (F2S) programs aim to educate people about food and farming, to increase the availability of fresh, nutritious foods, and to improve health outcomes among children. Nationally, all states have school districts that self-identify as farm-to-school program participants. National and regional food procurement systems account for the majority of food purchased by National School Lunch Program participants, but school foodservice authorities (SFA) who purchase food from farmers often do so in the context of strengthening their farm-to-school program (U.S. Department of Agriculture [USDA], n.d.-b). A greater number of local supply chain participants benefit when food is sourced in state (locally) rather than out-of-state because more money ends up in the pockets of local producers and distribu­tors. Local fruit and vegetable producers and SFAs interested in developing business partnerships for local procurement would benefit from recommen­dations on menu-appropriate fresh market prod­ucts, volume, and purchase prices. However, detailed data sets from SFAs are uncommon, limiting opportunities to advance procurement efforts. The objective for this project was to begin developing local procurement recommendations for other Florida school districts based on the purchasing history and experiences of the Sarasota County School District (SCSD).</p> <p>In 2014, Sarasota County, Florida, received a USDA F2S implementation grant, affording it the opportunity to develop its local procurement efforts. One deliverable from that project was a robust data set of school food purchases over a two-year period. With permission SCSD, we analyzed seasonal purchase variations and market prices of local and out-of-state fresh fruits, vege­tables, and egg purchases for 38 public schools in the SCSD. In this paper, we present an approach to estimate the potential of local procurement viability in the context of an emerging districtwide F2S program and recommend system changes based on the success of procurement efforts in SCSD and surrounding school districts in Southwest Florida.</p> 2018-11-06T00:00:00-08:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Gritty Philosophical Thinking about Food Justice Doing 2018-11-12T17:59:30-08:00 Christine M. Porter <p><em>First paragraphs:</em></p> <p>What do academics who work in the humani­ties and social sciences have to offer to food justice, if anything? An academic colleague and friend in civic studies once posed this question to me. The 33 editors and contributing authors who produced this book aim to offer concrete examples of potential answers to this question.</p> <p>However, none of these authors, my civic studies colleague, nor I are in a good position to lead Sustainable Agricultural Systems proposals for USDA’s Agricultural and Food Research Initiative (USDA AFRI). This new program area, announced in April 2018, will fund US$10-million, five-year projects that aim, for example, to increase use efficiency of three crop inputs (water, nitrogen and phosphorus) by 50%, reduce crop losses by 20%, or reduce food-borne illnesses to 8.5 cases per 100,000 Americans each year.<a href="#_ftn1" name="_ftnref1">[1]</a></p> <p>These technical goals have clear and practical food production applications. The first two also attend to the right of future generations to have enough to eat. However, today they do little or nothing to promote food justice. Sufficient food supply is not a problem yet. However, inequitable distribution of the means of food production, exchange, and consumption are current problems; and within the U.S., this maldistribution closely, and unjustly, follows lines of class, gender, and race.</p> <p><a href="#_ftnref1" name="_ftn1">[1]</a> <a href=""></a>; <a href=""></a></p> 2018-11-06T00:00:00-08:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Mobilizing Food: A Review of Building Nature’s Market 2018-11-12T17:59:34-08:00 Corey Lee Wrenn <p><em>First paragraph:</em></p> <p>Miller’s (2017) <em>Building Nature’s Market</em> introduces the American natural foods movement to social movement studies, highlight­ing its challenge to the prevailing social order related to food, consumption, health, state author­ity, and individualism. This movement is concerned with more than just food; it tackles no less than society’s values about progress as it is generally tied to industrialization and technical innovation. The book’s primary thesis is the argument that the natural foods movement has been propelled not only by activist altruism and perseverance, but also through the innovativeness of savvy capitalist entrepreneurs and corporations....</p> 2018-11-04T00:00:00-07:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Rethinking Control: Complexity in Agri-environmental Governance Research 2018-11-12T17:59:33-08:00 Matt Comi <p><em>First paragraph:</em></p> <p>Discourse on governance always faces the challenge of describing, and usually simpli­fying, the many voices who formally and informally participate in controlling, and therefore governing, shared outcomes for community members both locally and globally (Callon, Lascoumes, &amp; Barthe, 2009). Environmental and agricultural governance faces this problem redoubled, as outcomes and governing bodies cross boundaries between spe­cies, affecting humans and nonhumans, animals and otherwise (Latour, 2017; Tsing, 2015). Ad­dress­ing incoher­ence, difference, and complexity (Law, 2004) is a general research concern among social scientists who wish to avoid subjugating otherwise margin­alized participants. By looking to measurements and research methods that arise from studies outside politics and economics, actors that would be hidden or silenced by political economic critiques and metrics may become visi­ble. For engaged governance research, the benefits of this are clear: a more inclusive social science of govern­ing stakeholders. This edited collection brings together diverse international scholarship in agri-food social science research to rethink the frame­work of agri-environmental governance. The edi­tors frame the selection of essays as efforts to look to the mess of stakeholders, legislators, grow­ers, eaters, food councils, lands, crops, assessments, and so forth as a governing assemblage. By doing this, researchers are able to explore meanings and social experiences that diverge (although do not entirely separate) from neoliberal (e.g., large, cor­porate) frameworks in ways that complicate the governing underpinnings that are continually at work <em>(re)territorializing</em> the world of agriculture, food, and environment policy and praxis....</p> 2018-11-04T00:00:00-07:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Ending Hunger is Possible – Institutional Change Matters 2018-11-12T17:59:32-08:00 Marianna Siegmund-Schultze <p><em>First paragraphs:</em></p> <p>Jahi Chappell continuously begs the question: “Who benefits?” He shares his thoughts about hunger and our food systems in his book <em>Beginning to End Hunger: Food and the Environment in Belo Hori­zonte, Brazil, and Beyond</em>. In six chapters, he outlines his analytical background and tells the story about an extraordinary effort to end hunger in the city of Belo Horizonte and its surrounding villages.</p> <p>The book is preceded by a foreword by Frances Moore Lappé, who encourages us to rethink common assumptions as part of the solution. In the introduction (chapter 1), Chappell introduces institutions and epistemology, and coins the terms <em>Minority World</em> (for instance, wealthier areas such as the U.S. and the E.U.—where rela­tively few people live) and <em>Majority World</em> (where the majority of the world’s population lives, in economies such as Brazil’s). He reminds us to be careful when adopting food security indicators: do not take information out of context, but account for the multifaceted and intertwined nature of the subject. Then he shares a list of eight basic propo­sitions about global food systems (although he unfortunately does not reveal how he arrived at these). The major message is: there is enough food in most places at most times, and perceived scarcity and unhealthy patterns are often a question of profitability and the institutions (the rules, norms and values) that govern societal behavior....</p> 2018-11-04T00:00:00-07:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## DIGGING DEEPER: New Thinking on “Regional” 2018-11-12T17:59:36-08:00 Kate Clancy Kathryn Z. Ruhf <p><em>First paragraphs:</em></p> <p>In 2010, we presented a set of arguments and assumptions supporting the value of regional thinking and the regional scale in food systems work in papers that we wrote under the aegis of the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (Clancy &amp; Ruhf, 2010; Ruhf &amp; Clancy, 2010). We pointed out that local food has resonated with the public, producers, and marketers, and that it has inspired many supportive public policies. We also talked about some of the drawbacks of the focus on “local”—its varied definitions, and its short­comings as a framework for sustainable and resilient food systems.</p> <p>We described how regions, which go beyond the local scale, play a unique and essential role in meeting the food needs of a population. Regions also play an important role in sustaining food chain participants and the natural resource base in the face of environmental, social, economic, and climate uncertainty. To us, “regional” signifies a substantial volume and variety of products that can more fully address demand when compared with “local” foods.”&nbsp;</p> <p>Regional implies a larger scale, often multistate, but is not strictly limited to a radius or state bound­ary. We believe that the regional scale is one of multiple scales—along with local, national and global—that will produce food for the American diet into the future. Regional-scale food systems consider at a landscape scale certain needs and limitations, such as transportation efficiencies, broad land use and protection, energy use, pro­duc­tion systems, and climate. Using a regional scale provides an essential context for addressing cul­tural dynamics and differences, natural and human-made disturbances, and diversity and equity chal­lenges that cannot be adequately encompassed at the local scale....</p> 2018-10-30T00:00:00-07:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Community Kitchen Freezing and Vacuum Packaging 2018-11-12T17:59:35-08:00 Anna Dawson <p><em>First paragraphs:</em></p> <p>In a 2016 study of fresh food loss on Vermont farms, Salvation Farms Director Theresa Snow and her colleague offered insights into farmer production problems. They extrapolated from their survey results that about 14.3 million pounds (6.5 million kg) of vegetable and berry losses occur on Vermont farms every year. Farm food problems included market saturation of fresh zucchini, lack of available help, not enough storage, blemishes on edible produce, fewer customers at farmers mar­kets, and deterioration of produce in storage while waiting for a future market. Farm fresh produce waste problems, however, can be a training opportunity for community kitchens.</p> <p>My interest in frozen food processing began after working on a community supported agricul­ture (CSA) vegetable farm in the late 1990s, where excess produce was composted, left to rot, or fed to pigs. To me, a retired farmer and former family and consumer science teacher, these farm food waste issues shouted opportunities for addressing today’s food waste and healthy food challenges through freezing.</p> <p>My response to this waste was to design and build a kitchen in 2000 (inspected by New York State Agriculture and Markets) to explore value-added processing. The next year the Cornell Food Venture Center approved several frozen and vacuum-packed procedures I had developed. Boil-in-bags are used for blanching vegetables. After cooling, the vegetable broth is drained off and frozen to use to cook grains or to include in soup kits. Cut vegetable pieces are weighed, put into labeled 3 ml bags, vacuum sealed, and frozen. The vegetables are combined with separately packed cooked dry beans, cooked whole grains, savory sauces, and spices as freezer meal kits....</p> 2018-10-30T00:00:00-07:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##