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

Are you passionate about local food and farming?

Become an individual 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 an individual shareholder!

Your Share 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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Any donation of $25 or more makes you an individual shareholder! (We welcome contributions from organizations, agencies, and university libraries as well. Learn more about program shareholding.)

Our second year of open access proves the concept

November 26, 2019

We are so grateful for the support that has allowed us to go open access! As we wrap up our second year of being freely accessible to all, worldwide, we've seen a huge jump in both readership and submissions. Now there's no paywall between our content and our readers; a volunteer organizer of community gardens can read evidence-based research just as easily as a college professor doing research on community gardens. We think that means that JAFSCD can make a greater difference on the ground and in people's lives.

Thanks for playing a part in that.

—Amy Christian and Duncan Hilchey

   Managing editor and Editor in chief

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