JAFSCD Partners

The Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development is pleased to have the support of leading North American university programs focused on food systems. Food Systems at the University of Vermont, the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and (in a joint partnership) the Center for Environmental Farming Systems and Clemson University Land-Grant Local Food Systems Solutions underwrite JAFSCD on a continuing basis.

Food Systems at the University of Vermont

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 Food Systems 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 Dr. Jane Kolodinsky, University of Vermont Food Systems Initiative.

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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.

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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 Dr. Kent Mullinix, director of the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems.

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Shared partnership:

Center for Environmental Farming Systems 

Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

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.

CEFS extends knowledge from our world-class faculty to farmers, families, and citizens across the state and beyond. 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. 

For more information, contact Dr. Nancy Creamer, CEFS director.


Clemson University Land-Grant Local Food Systems Solutions

Clemson, South Carolina, USA

Clemson University Land-Grant Local Food Systems Solutions is a College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences (CBSHS) initiative to enhance economic, social and health outcomes in South Carolina by more fully integrating the work of local farms into Clemson University. The program’s immediate goal is to bring foods from local farms into the Clemson environment. CBSHS leadership is already shaping future curriculum and research centered on food systems that stress solutions for food insecurity and hunger across the state.

Improving access to local foods has an immediate effect on health, but it also helps to stimulate the South Carolina economy, build relationships across communities, and introduce a model that others can emulate. Pursuing a program such as Land-Grant Local further positions CBSHS as a 21st-century land-grant college dedicated to teaching, research and service to the state of South Carolina.

Land-Grant Local provides transparency about the proximity, qualities, and farmers of food that will appear in Clemson Dining in measured, reported form. The initiative is designed to impact student lives by increasing education in the dining setting and access to fresh, affordable food in the campus markets, and applying research to every step of the process, from the farm to healthy outcomes.

For more information, contact Dr. Leslie Hossfeld, Dean, College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences, Clemson University.

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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.

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