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JAFSCD cover spring 2014, volume 4, issue 3


Good Food Education & Training




Topic: Building a Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Food Systems Network


Date: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 


Time: 3:00 pm Eastern Time (12:00 noon Pacific Time)




Cory Whiteley --  Graduate student intern at U of Saskatchewan's Master of Sustainable Environmental Management (MSEM) program.  His project is to help NAFSN  realize our commitment to building a professional network that reflects our desires for a fair, socially just and racially inclusive and equitable food system, through stories of similar initiatives.  


Kyjana Barnett -- Undergraduate student intern and Animal Science major at Cornell University, Her project is an investigation of diversity and inclusion statements and resources to help NAFSN craft its own statement. 


Shorlette Ammons -- Community-Based Food Systems Outreach Coordinator for the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS). CEFS is a partnership of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and North Carolina State University. She coordinates activities of the Committee on Racial Equity in the Food System (CORE) at CEFS. Shorlette and CEFS are founding members of NAFSN. This webinar is devoted to helping build a diverse, inclusive, equitable food system network and a discussion of the process of crafting a diversity/equity/inclusion statement of our values. This is an opportunity for an inward looking discussion to improve NAFSN's practices. The webinar will begin by Cory Whiteley's study highlighting the efforts of other food systems networks, such as the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), Food Systems New England (FSNE), and the Inter-Institutional Network for Food, Agriculture and Sustainability (INFAS).  The purpose of his project was to explore various organizational visions, structures, processes, culture and leadership strategies employed by networks seeking to advance informed social equity agendas within food system organizations, identify strategies that have worked, and what strategies may be transferrable to the NAFSN. He will be followed by Shorlette Ammons' presentation of examples of the approach used by the Committee of Racial Equity (CORE) of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) in North Carolina. Finally, Kyjana Barnett will open the discussion of now NAFSN can craft its statement on diversity, equity and inclusion in the food system.   




Topic: Economic Impacts of Local Food Systems


This webinar focused on building a community of practice for evaluating and assessing local food system activity. 


Date: Thursday, May 25, 2017


Time: 1:00–2:00 pm Eastern Time (10:00–11:00 am Pacific Time)




Rich Pirog (Center for Regional Food Systems, Michigan State University)


Dawn Thilmany (Regional Economic Development Institute, Colorado State University)


Ariel Kagan (Food Institute, George Washington University)


Kathleen Liang (Center for Environmental Farming Systems, North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University)


Becca Jablonski (Food Systems, Colorado State University)




Jeffrey K. O’Hara (Local Food Research & Development, USDA, Agricultural Marketing Service)


The webinar recording is available for free viewing here.



Andy Fisher


Topic: Big Hunger: Corporate America and Anti-Hunger Groups 


Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2017


Time: 1:00–2:00 pm Eastern Time (10:00–11:00 am Pacific Time)


Presenter: Andy Fisher, author of Big Hunger: The Unholy Alliance between Corporate America and Anti-Hunger Groups


Moderator: Laura Ridenour


The webinar recording is available for free viewing here.




Topic: Food Justice and Black Lives: Voices from the Movement 


DateWednesday, February 22, 2017


Time: 1:00-2:00 pm Eastern Time (10:00-11:00 am Pacific Time)




Dara Cooper, National Organizer and Co-Founder – National Black Food and Justice Alliance 


Malik Yakini, Executive Director – Detroit Black Community Food Security Network


The webinar recording is available for free viewing here.





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