Lyson Center for Civic Agriculture and Food Systems

Lyson Center for Civic Agriculture and Food Systems

About Us

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 among farms and their communities. Read more about Tom's work at

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, nonprofits, foundations, and progressive businesses to support JAFSCD so its content is accessible to those who need it most—those working in communities to increase food security, build local economies through local food, encourage sustainable production methods, and connect residents to their local food. We welcome your support in this work as an individual shareholder!


We Care About


Poverty and Hunger


Health and Wellness



Contact Information

Amy Christian