As 2017 slides away, we are finalizing the 7th volume of the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development (JAFSCD). That's 7 years and 28 issues of research-based best practtices, models, case studies, and other ways to strengthen local and regional food systems. As of January 1, 2018, JAFDSCD will be open access — freely available —so it has greater impact for both authors and practitioners in the field.
We are also facilitating the new North American Food Systems Network (NAFSN), which offers professional development and networking for members across the three domains of food systems work: sustainable production, value chains, and food security.
We are working with colleagues from around the country to create NAFSN’s signature program, a food systems professional certification program, which will provide recognition for individuals who participate in accredited training programs (including academic degrees).
We are particularly proud of these innovative programs and hope you agree that we are filling important gaps in research, policy, and practice. We invite you to join friends and colleagues across North America who value Tom Lyson's work — and become a Friend of the Lyson Center.