The Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development is pleased to have the support of four leading North American university programs focused on food systems. The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in British Columbia, a joint partnership of NC State Extension and the Center for Environmental Farming Systems, and the Food Systems Initiative at the University of Vermont are underwriting JAFSCD on a continuing basis.
Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Founded in 1996, the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF) is an interdisciplinary academic center dedicated to conducting research on food security problems, educating students from all walks of life, and advocating for evidence-based reforms. Based within the Bloomberg School of Public Health, the CLF works with faculty, staff, and students throughout Johns Hopkins University to harness the expertise available in a wide range of disciplines and collaborations.
A leader in research, education, policy, and advocacy, the CLF serves as a critical resource for advocates, policymakers, educators, and students. Its core programs integrate research, education, policy, and outreach in four program areas linked to public health: food production, food communities, food system sustainability, and food system policy. The Center's work is driven by the certainty that we must understand the connections among all four program areas in order to fulfill the right to food.
The CLF explores these interrelationships — and works to improve those systems to assure food security for present and future generations. In a truly livable future, all the systems that sustain us operate synergistically and in balance to support the goals of human and ecosystem health, equity, and resilience.
For more information, contact Shawn McKenzie, associate director, Center for a Livable Future.
Kwantlen Polytechnic University's Institute for Sustainable Food Systems
Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
Sustainable Food Systems programs at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) are focused on the advancement of regional food systems through integrated education, applied research, and outreach. Collaborations with community, industry and scholars are an integral component of research and education efforts tackling economic, social, and environmental questions of sustainability.
Through classes, practical training, community engagement, and research projects our Bachelor of Applied Science in Food Systems degree uniquely integrates the science and art of agroecosystem management with deep exploration of the many human and ecological dimensions of food systems. Our outreach programming, exemplified by the KPU Farm Schools, engages and supports people, organizations, community, and industry, striving to advance regional agriculture and food systems.
The Institute for Sustainable Food Systems constitutes the program's research arm. A diverse and dynamic team of agriculturists, economists, ecologists, Indigenous food system specialists, planners, community health specialists, and social scientists pushes the boundaries of food systems research through multifaceted community and regional projects in western Canada. Applied research engages students, community, and the food and farming sector at all stages — forging powerful, effective partnerships in discovery and learning.
Through a truly multidisciplinary, integrated approach KPU's Sustainable Food Systems programs are committed to advancing sustainable food systems as an integral and foundational element of sustainable humanity.
For more information, contact Kent Mullinix, director of the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems.
NC State Extension and the Center for Environmental Farming Systems
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
NC State Extension is the largest non-formal educational outreach unit at North Carolina State University. Based in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and with local centers in each of the state’s 100 counties and with the Eastern Band of Cherokee, we deliver research-based agricultural, food and youth programs to millions of North Carolinians each year. NC State Extension helps create prosperity for North Carolina through programs and partnerships focused on feeding our future, enriching our youth, and improving our health.
The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) is a joint venture between NC State, N.C. A&T State University and the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Recognized as a national and international leader in the local foods movement, and celebrated for its comprehensive efforts in facilitating a vibrant local food economy, CEFS is one of the nation’s most important centers for research, Extension and education in sustainable agriculture and community-based food systems. Rebecca Dunning, research assistant professor for food systems and food supply chain development, is representing CEFS in the partnership with JAFSCD.
NC State Extension and CEFS extend knowledge from our world-class faculty to farmers, families and citizens across the state. We don’t just conduct groundbreaking research; we deliver solutions directly into the hands of North Carolinians, translating campus discoveries into community solutions that help keep North Carolina agriculture growing and sustainable.
University of Vermont's Food Systems Initiative
Burlington, Vermont, USA
The University of Vermont (UVM) is a public land-grant university with a longstanding commitment to teaching and learning about food systems through academic programs, applied research, and community education and collaboration. UVM faculty from across the campus interact with students and communities through the Food Systems Initiative on issues as far-ranging and relevant as the ethics of eating, the consumption of energy, the impact of behavior and culture, and the sustainable production of food, as well as other food systems issues facing our world today. Our faculty work with students both domestically and internationally to understand current issues and develop models for our future food system.
UVM offers a comprehensive range of degrees, including interdisciplinary programs for both undergraduate and graduate students though a Food Systems Minor and a Food Systems Master's Program. UVM students are on the cutting edge of food systems innovation in the perfect small, regional food systems testing ground — Vermont.
For more information, contact Jane Kolodinsky, University of Vermont Food Systems Initiative.
We also acknowledge the contribution of our Founding Partner, the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University, for its three-year commitment from 2013 to 2016.
Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Ames, Iowa, USA
The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture is a research center located on the Iowa State University campus. Its work is focused in four initiatives: ecology; marketing and food systems; policy; and a cross-cutting program aimed at multidisciplinary systems. Each initiative funds competitive grants to support activities such as research, educational programs, outreach, and demonstrations.
The Leopold Center has a national reputation for its local and regional food systems work as well as development of production, cropping, and marketing systems to supply local products. In 2011, the Center developed the Iowa Local Food and Farm Plan, a statewide blueprint to enhance opportunities for local foods systems.
Created by the 1987 Iowa Groundwater Protection Act to identify and reduce negative environmental and social impacts of farming and develop new ways to farm profitably while conserving natural resources, the Center's primary funding comes from state appropriations and fees on nitrogen fertilizer and pesticides.
The Center is named for Aldo Leopold (1887–1948), a Burlington, Iowa, native known internationally as a conservationist, ecologist, and educator. His famous articulation of a "land ethic" was outlined in his 1949 book of essays, A Sand County Almanac.
Research reports, publications and online tools are at the LCSA website. For more information, contact Craig Chase with Marketing and Food Systems Initiative Research Program at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.