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The world’s first community-supported journal on local food & farming

Are you passionate about local food and farming?

Become a shareholder in the world’s first community-supported journal on local food and farming!


The Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development became open access on January 1, 2018 — in our 8th year of publication. This meets our mission of providing research-based information to people on the ground working to build equitable and resilient local food systems.

Borrowing from the CSA model in the local food movement, we're spreading the cost broadly to make JAFSCD free to all as a community-supported journal. We welcome you to become a shareholder!

Shareholder Privileges...

  • Free basic listing in the Sustainable Food Systems Sourcebook
  • Receive our JAFSCD article heads-up email when new content is published
  • Participate in an annual equity and impact survey of the journal
  • Share your own story by writing a “Voice of the Grassroots” commentary
  • Become part of the JAFSCD community that supports the journal as a critical part of the good food movement infrastructure!

Your Share Also Supports Our...

  • author mentoring program for new authors, especially those with nonacademic backgrounds
  • consulting editor program for non-native English-speaking authors
  • outreach to historically Black, Hispanic, and Tribal institutions as well as to underserved communities

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About the Organization

Lyson Center for Civic Agriculture and Food Systems

The Lyson Center is a fiscally sponsored project of the Center for Transformative Action, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Your contribution is tax deductible to the extent allowed by governing laws.

The Lyson Center supports the collaboration of scholars, professionals, and active residents engaging in food systems-based community development. We publish the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development (JAFSCD), and facilitate the North American Food Systems Network (NAFSN).

We are named in honor of Liberty Hyde Bailey Professor Thomas A. Lyson, Cornell University, who coined the term "civic agriculture" to express the importance of strengthening connections between farms and their communities. Read more about Tom's work at http://www.lysoncenter.org/index.php/about-the-lyson-center/layout.

In 2018, JAFSCD transitioned to open access using an innovative "community-supported journal" model. Borrowing from a successful model in the local food movement—community supported agriculture (CSA)—will are asking college and university programs, libraries,...

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