After consultation and feedback from the JAFSCD Shareholder Consortium, we have released the JAFSCD Statement on Anti-Black Racism. This is a starting point and a way to remain accountable to the work that we need to do.

The ongoing systemic and systematic oppressions and anti-Black violence in the United States, Canada, and across the globe have once again been brought into the collective spotlight. These acts perpetuate historical systems of oppression and violence that are entrenched in the very institutions that are purportedly designed to serve and protect people. . . .



The Lyson Center Welcomes New Advisors

November 5, 2019 -- The Thomas A. Lyson Center for Civic Agriculture and Food Systems is proud to announce that Dr. Gail Myers, Dr. Christine Porter, and Dr. Kareem Usher have joined its advisory board. 


Gail Myers is the chair of the North American Food Systems Network (NAFSN) and a co-founder of Farms to Grow, Inc., a community-based organization in Oakland, California. She is a cultural anthropologist and a member of the Farmer Veteran Coalition, having served in the U.S. Air Force.


Christine M. PorterChristine Porter is the Wyoming Excellence Chair in Community and Public Health Associate Professor at the University of Wyoming. Christine has been an active member of the JAFSCD Shareholder Consortium, co-leading the "Not Just Another Equity Statement Committee," which has drafted a comprehensive equity and inclusion agenda for JAFSCD.


Kareem Usher is an Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning in the Austin E. Knowlton School at The Ohio State University. His research interests focus on the intersection of food access, social justice, regional governance, and community economic development. Kareem presently chairs the Lyson Center Advisory Board.


Debra Tropp spent more than 26 years at the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service’s Transportation and Marketing Program, retiring in January 2019. During her career she served in a variety of roles, including agricultural economist, interim staff officer for the Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (a competitive grant program that supports market research projects), team leader and chief of the Farmers Market and Direct Farm Marketing Research Branch, and finally as deputy director of AMS's Marketing Service Program, which focuses on local and regional food system research and development.


These four distinguish leaders join a group of long-time colleagues of Tom Lyson who are committed to supporting the Lyson Center's mission to bring the interests of scholars and practitioners, and bringing to fruition our vision of a just and sustainable food system.

Japanese Translation of Tom Lyson's Civic Agriculture Published

Shu Kitano, a former student of Tom Lyson at Cornell University, informs us that a Japanese edition of Tom's seminal book, Civic Agriculture: Reconnecting Farm, Food, and Community, has been published in Japan. Shu translated the original into Japanese and provides commentary. He reports that the translation has acquired a broad readership. Kitano is also author of Space, Planning, and Rurality: Uneven Rural Development in Japan (2009, Trafford).

Bibliographic data: Lyson, Thomas A., translated by Shu Kitano, 2012 (second print, 2017). Civic Agriculture: Reconnecting Farm, Food, and Community. Tokyo: AFSP Publishing (Norin Tokei Shuppann Co.).

Tom Lyson Colleague Gil Gillespie Receives Award at Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society Meeting

Gil Gillespie (left) receives AFHVS's Leifetime Achievement Award, June 16, 2018We're so pleased to share that Gilbert (Gil) W. Gillespie Jr. — colleague and friend to Tom Lyson, and friend of the Lyson Center — was honored with the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society's Richard P. Haynes Distinguished Lifetime Achievement in Sustainable Agriculture for 2018 at its annual meeting in June in Madison, Wisconsin.

In the photo at right, Leland Glenna (at right, AFHVS past president and awards committee chair) presents Gil with the award. (Photo courtesy of Doug Constance and used with permission.)

Read Gil's acceptance remarks

JAFSCD Has Become Open Access as of January 1, 2018!  


Become a Shareholder in the World’s First Community Supported Journal

 Cover of JAFSCD issue vol. 5, issue 4                                     

    Without this journal, we would spend many costly hours sorting through reports and papers. With JAFSCD our work is more effective and efficient. Essential!

         — Sue Beckwith, Texas Center for Local Food



JAFSCD transitioned to an open access (OA) journal as of January 1, 2018 to meet our mission of transforming the food system by providing research on lessons learned, best practices, policy analysis, and more. With support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, we are increasing our outreach to researchers, scholars, and practitioners of color and those working in communities of need and are enhancing our focus on the interests of historically Black, Hispanic-serving, and Tribal colleges and universities.

Eliminating the disadvantage of a paywall, adding new programs such as an author mentoring program, and expanding our consulting editor program and our JAFSCD Food Systems Research, Policy, and Practice Briefs will help us maximize the impact of JAFSCD's peer-reviewed content in disadvantaged communities. 

Shareholders receive benefits in addition to increasing access to JAFSCD:

  • Vote on special topic calls for papers
  • Support special programs such as author mentoring and food system briefs
  • Submit an annual commentary
  • Receive a waiver of $500 article processing charge (APC)
  • Place a premium listing in the Sustainable Food Systems Sourcebook
  • Plus more!

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