Cover of volume 8, issue 1 (spring 2018)

Vol 8, No 1 (2018): Open Call Papers: Fostering Access to Local Food Data

On our cover: Mapping access to green retailers over space and time can aid in targeting healthy food access interventions. The pillars demonstrate physical access to green retailers over the road network. The height of the pillars illustrates the length of time retailers are open. (Green retailers are those that are large enough to be likely to sell perishable items.)

Source: Chen, X., & Clark, J. (2016). Measuring space-time access to food retailers: A case of temporal access disparity in Franklin County, Ohio. The Professional Geographer, 68(2), 175–188.


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Vol 7, No 4 (2017): Food Systems Development Practice and the Enhancing Food Security in the Northeast Project, Part 1

On our cover: Farmworkers pick a field of callaloo (also known as Chinese spinach) in the Black Dirt region of Orange County, New York. Tradi­tionally a bulk onion production region, the Black Dirt region has been gradually shifting to an ever greater variety of truck crops for sale particularly to the diverse markets (including ethnic markets) in New York City. Such diversification by more traditional midscale, single-crop farmers will need to happen if the Northeastern U.S. is to significantly increase its overall food self-sufficiency. (Photo copyright © 2007 by Duncan Hilchey.)

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Vol 7, No 3 (2017): Open Call Papers: Food System Resilience

On our cover: A concept for resilience in 2020? In its schematic design phase, the Hyperions development proposed for Jaypee (a new city located in the Delhi National Capital Region, India) will include six 36-story multiuse timber towers and a site that integrate housing, co-working spaces, urban farming, agroecology, agroforestry, permaculture, aquaponics, phytopurification lagoons, and more. (Rendering courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architectures, Paris.)

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Vol 7, No 2 (2017): Shepherding Community Engagement

On our cover: At the Bloomington (Indiana) Community Orchard, a long-standing volunteer and member of the Education Team teaches a new volunteer how to conduct dormant pruning of a peach tree during a winter work-and-learn day. (Photo by Ann Schertz; used with permission.)


Cover of volume 7, issue 1 (fall 2016)

Vol 7, No 1 (2016): Open Call Papers


On our cover: A visual illustration of food desert areas in the City of Darebin, Victoria, Australia, with 250, 500, and 750 Meter (.16 mile, .31 mile, and .47 mile) buffers. From the paper in this issue, Urban Planning Roles in Responding to Food Security Needs, by Christine Slade and Claudia Baldwin (both at University of the Sunshine Coast) and Trevor Budge (La Trobe University). (Map source: City of Darebin, 2008, "Food Security in Darebin Part 3: Mapping Food Supply and Access." Melbourne, Australia.)

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Vol 6, No 4 (2016): Short Supply Chains

On our cover: The Common Market Mid-Atlantic team packing orders for the region’s institutional market. Learn more about The Common Market at by watching a two-minute video. (Photo courtesy of The Common Market.)
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Vol 6, No 3 (2016): Open Call Papers: Peer2Peer

On our cover: Specialized equipment, like this EcoWeeder, can help small-scale fruit and vegetable growers expand to meet the growing demand for local foods. Yet the investment required to purchase specialized machinery and attachments is often beyond the financial reach of small-scale, beginning producers. Sharing equipment with other growers is one possible solution to this challenge. See the paper in this issue, The Benefits and Challenges of Machinery Sharing Among Small-scale Fruit and Vegetable Growers. (Photo courtesy of the Northeast Iowa Food & Fitness Initiative; used with permission.)
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Vol 6, No 2 (2016): Labor in the Food System from Farm to Table

On our cover: Farmworker Pedro Casiano picks grapes to be dried in the sun for raisins in the Fresno, California, raisin district in 2007. He was working with his family in the vineyard during a furlough from the U.S. Army. He eventually signed up for six more years with the Army and served two tours in Iraq. (Photo copyright © 2007 by Duncan Hilchey.)


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Vol 6, No 1 (2015): Open Call Papers

On our cover: Two neighbors in Oakland, California, prepare to pluck a chicken they have just slaughtered. After several years of egg production, this hen and her flockmates had slowed down, and their keepers decided to slaughter them and get new chickens. Backyard slaughter is neither explicitly allowed or prohibited by the City of Oakland. See Regulating Backyard Slaughter: Strategies and Gaps in Municipal Livestock Ordinances in this issue. (Cover photo by Stephanie Carnow and used with permission.)
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Vol 5, No 4 (2015): Commentaries on Race and Ethnicity in Food Systems Work

On our cover: The hands of the Freedom Farmers Market's elder, Ms. Mattie, as she participates in the market's pea-shelling contest in Oakland, California. See Decolonizing a Food System: Freedom Farmers Market as a Place for Resistance and Analysis in this issue. (Photo by Adrionna Fike; used with permission)

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Vol 5, No 3 (2015): Open Call Papers

On our cover: A father and son examine the harvest in the pick-your-own fields of Simple Gifts Farm CSA in Amherst, Massachusetts USA. The community supported agriculture (CSA) operation began in 2006 when neighbors formed a land trust called North Amherst Community Farm and saved the historic family farm from development. The easily accessible 30-acre (12-ha) community-owned farm now welcomes the public and is within 2 miles (3.2 km) of the town center and 10,000 residents. See The Branding of Community Supported Agriculture: Collective Myths and Opportunities in this issue. (Photo by Ted A. White; used with permission.)
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Vol 5, No 2 (2015): 2014 University of Vermont Food Systems Summit

On our cover: The Miraflores Bioferia, one of Peru’s most successful certified organic farmers markets. Locals and tourists alike shop there for artisan cheeses and breads, along with fruits, vegetables, prepared foods, and handicrafts. Independent producers and organic cooperatives receive support from local nongovernmental organizations to feed the growing demand for certified organic products. See La misma realidad de cada lugar es diferente” (“The same reality of each place is different”): A Case Study of an Organic Farmers Market in Lima, Peru. (Photo by Kevin Cody; used with permission.)


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Vol 5, No 1 (2014): Open Call Papers

On our cover: After watching a knife skills demonstration, food service professionals rolled up their sleeves and practiced washing, slicing, and dicing fresh produce at a professional development workshop hosted by the New Jersey Farm to School Network. Access to training and proper equipment is essential to the success of local food procurement in school cafeterias since many local products are delivered whole and unprocessed. (Photo by Chelsey Simpson, National Farm To School Network.)

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Vol 4, No 4 (2014): Open Call Papers

On our cover: Increasingly variable weather patterns, and in particular intensive rainfall events, increase the likelihood of soil loss and ultimately threaten long-term soil productivity on farms like this one in central Maine, near Exeter. See the paper in this issue How to Communicate with Farmers about Climate Change: Farmers' Perceptions and Adaptations to Increasingly Variable Weather Patterns in Maine (USA). (Photo by John M. Jemison and used with permission)

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Vol 4, No 3 (2014): Cooperatives and Alternative Food Systems Initiatives

On our cover: This community food system map captures the complex relationships and resources required in a cooperative network. The map was created with the collaboration of the Local Organic Food Co-ops Network coordinator, the paper lead author, and Nourishing Communities researchers, using open-source Visual Understanding Environment software from Tufts University ( See its use in the paper in this issue, Leveraging the Local: Cooperative Food Systems and the Local Organic Food Co-ops Network in Ontario, Canada. (Image courtesy of Phil Mount)
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Vol 4, No 2 (2014): Open Call Papers and Additional Paper on Land for Food

On our cover: Walter Jeffries lectures his pigs in 2014 on economic systems at Sugar Mountain Farm ( in the mountains of Vermont, where his family raises pastured pork they deliver locally. While feigning attention, the pigs were just there for the free lunch. (Photo copyright © 2014 by Walter Jeffries)


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Vol 4, No 1 (2013): Land for Food: A Focus on Farmland Protection and Land Grabbing

On our cover: This Google Earth image tells a tale of two towns. It depicts the towns of Niagara-on-the Lake on the Canadian side of the Niagara River (left) and Porter, New York (right) from an elevation of about 10 miles (16 km). These two communities share the same soil resources and the same climate. What would explain why the Canadian side is replete with vineyards and produce farms, while the American side is largely abandoned farmland? (Image from Google Earth Pro, retrieved Oct. 30, 2013; coordinates 43°13'11.81" N 79°03'15.60" W)
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Vol 3, No 4 (2013): Commentaries on Food Systems Research Priorities

On our cover: Detail of one of the diagram outputs of the action research methodologies session held at the Food Futures Conference in Villa Vigoni, Italy, in April 2013. See the paper A Vision for Transdisciplinarity in Future Earth: Perspectives from Young Researchers for more detail. (Photo courtesy of Marta G. Rivera-Ferre)
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Vol 3, No 3 (2013): Open Call Papers

On our cover: “Kerrera in all its glory” — Isle of Kerrera, Inner Hebrides, Scotland. See the paper 21st Century Crofting: Strengths and Opportunities for Community Development for more about rural Scotland. Photo courtesy of Bryan J. Hains (2010)
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Vol 3, No 2 (2013): Open Call Papers

On our cover: “Schematic of Farm-to-Consumer Traceability Model” from the paper in this issue, A Traceability Model for Beef Product Origin Within a Local Institutional Value Chain, by Daniel D. Buskirk, Jeannine P. Schweihofer, Jason E. Rowntree, Robert H. Clarke,  Daniel L. Grooms, and Tristan P. Foster.  Schematic used with permission of the authors.


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Vol 3, No 1 (2012): Sustainable Livelihoods in Food Systems

On our cover: A family works together harvesting spinach in a roadside garden plot in KwaMashu, Durban, South Africa, in a photo from the paper Challenges and Strategies Among the Poor: Focus on Urban Agriculture in KwaMashu, Durban, South Africa by Hangwelani Hope Magidimisha (Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa) and Lovemore Chipungu and Rosemary Awuor-Hayangah (both at the University of KwaZulu-Natal , South Africa). According to the paper, "Crops grown on off-site plots include a variety of vegetables such as tomatoes, spinach, and onions....Unfortunately, urban agriculture on most offsite plots is a risky activity since most products are stolen before reaching proper maturity." (Photo taken by and used with the permission of Hangwelani Hope Magidimisha.)
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Vol 2, No 3 (2012): Food Systems and Higher Education

On our cover: A Virginia Tech student in the Introduction to Civic Agriculture course, ALS 2204, visits the Hale Y Community Garden with Garden Coordinator Jenny Schwanke (at right). Caitlin Miller (on left) is an undergraduate student in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech. Kim Niewolny is the lead instructor and Susan Clark is a member of the teaching team for the 2204 course. The Hale Y is one of Virginia Tech's premier service-learning sites for the course and for the Civic Agriculture and Food System minor. See the paper "Sustainable Agriculture Education and Civic Engagement: The Significance of Community-University Partnerships in the New Agricultural Paradigm" in this issue. Photo by Kelsey Kradel.
Cover of volume 2, issue 2 (winter 2011-2012)

Vol 2, No 2 (2012): Open Call Papers and Additional Papers on Planners Coming to the Table

On our cover: Local foodsheds are delineated by 100 mile radii around U.S. cities with populations over 50,000. Image courtesy of Peleg Kremer and Yda Schreuder, from their paper in this issue entitled The Feasibility of Regional Food Systems in Metropolitan Areas: An Investigation of Philadelphia’s Foodshed.


Cover of JAFSCD volume 2, issue 1

Vol 2, No 1 (2011): Planners Coming to the Table

On our cover: We feature pioneers of food systems planning, along with up and coming professionals and researchers. See the full caption in the Editorial section of the table of contents, "Caption for Volume 2, Issue 1."

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