New Journal

Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development (subscriptions $39-$69)

Second issue recently published, focused on urban agriculture:

  • A tribute to the life and work of Jac Smit, the “father of urban agriculture,” contributed by his colleagues and edited by Joe Nasr and Anni Bellows
  • “Planting Roots: Urban Agriculture for Senior Immigrants,” by Mary Beckie and Eva Bogdan
  • “The Future of Farming on the Urban Edge: Insights from 15 U.S. Counties about Farmland Protection and Farm Viability” by Lydia Oberholtzer, Kate Clancy, and J. Dixon Esseks
  • “Creating a Legal Framework for Urban Agriculture: Lessons from Flint, Michigan,” by Megan Masson-Minock and Deirdra Stockmann
  • “Assessing the Local Food Supply Capacity of Detroit, Michigan,” by Kathryn Colasanti and Michael Hamm
  • “Could Toronto Provide 10% of its Fresh Vegetable Requirements from Within its Own Boundaries? Matching Consumption Requirements with Growing Spaces,” by Rod MacRae and colleagues
  • “Assessing the Pocket Market Model for Growing the Local Food Movement: A Case Study of Metropolitan Vancouver” by Terri L. Evans and Christiana Miewald
  • “Multistakeholder Policy Formulation and Action Planning for Urban Agriculture in Lima, Peru,” by Ir. Marielle C. E. Dubbeling, Gunther Merzthal, and Noemi Soto
  • “Havana’s Changing Urban Agriculture Landscape: A Shift to the Right?” by Charles French, Mimi Becker, and Bruce Lindsay
  • “Testing and Educating on Urban Soil Lead: A Case of Chicago Community Gardens,”by Laura Witzling, Michelle Wander, and Ellen Phillips
  • Columns by John Ikerd, Joseph McIntyre, Ken Meter, and Rami Zurayk
  • Reviews of Wendell Berry’s latest book and an Economic Research Service report on food supply chains

Call for papers deadline is April 20, for upcoming issue on “Food System Planning Theory and Practice”

Bolstered by growing societal concerns about the equity and environmental sustainability of the global food system, planners increasingly are becoming engaged in local efforts to analyze and address food system challenges and opportunities.

Food system planning is increasingly practiced not just by planning professionals, but also by architects, landscape architects, and staff at NGOs and public agencies. In this special topic focus, we encourage practicing planners and others engaged in food system planning — as well as planning scholars and students — to submit applied research-based papers. As there is little attention paid to their work in the literature, rural planners are especially encouraged to submit papers.

Examples of topics include:

  • food deserts, swamps, and oases
  • siting of community and public gardens, and farmers’ and mobile markets
  • innovations in emergency food assistance
  • retail access
  • regional planning and economic development related to farm and agribusiness retention and expansion
  • mapping of food distribution systems
  • farmland protection
  • metropolitan agriculture
  • food policy councils
  • integrating food policy into state and federal agencies
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