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The NAFSN Toolbox provides links to invaluable resources that can assist professional practitioners, applied researchers, faculty, and students in the conduct of their work as well as their career development.


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NAFSN is fostering a community of professional practice and supports the work of any individuals, agencies, and organizations that focus on agriculture and food issues in a community development context — from farmland protection or beginning farmer programs, to value-chain development, urban agriculture, food security and public education. Learn more about becoming a member!  

 

 

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The following tools and resources will assist you in creating policies, assisting policy makers, and conduct planning activities associated with food systems and agricultural development.

 

 

 

ONLINE PUBLICATIONS

 

Municipal Zoning for Local Foods in Iowa: A Guidebook for Reducing Local Regulatory Barriers to Local Foods

Focus is Iowa, but descibes municipal policies from around the country.

 

Food Policy Councils: Lessons Learned

Institute for Food and Development Policy, 2009

http://www.foodfirst.org/en/foodpolicycouncils-lessons

 

Policy Guide on Community and Regional Food Planning

American Planning Association, 2007

http://www.planning.org/policy/guides/pdf/foodplanning.pdf

 

Regionalist Approaches to Farm and Food System Policy: A Focus on the Northeast
The Northeast Ag Works! Project
Allen Hance, Northeast Midwest Institute
Kathy Ruhf, Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group
Alan Hunt, Northeast Midwest Institute
October 2006

 

 


 

LEADING BOOKS ON POLICY MAKING

 

Writing Public Policy: A Practical Guide to Communicating in the Policy-Making Process

Catherine F Smith, Oxford University Press, USA; 2 edition (September 17, 2009)


A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis: The Eightfold Path to More Effective Problem Solving

Eugene Bardach; CQ Press; 3rd edition (October 31, 2008)

 

An Introduction To The Policy Process: Theories, Concepts, And Models Of Public Policy Making

Thomas Birkland, M.E. Sharpe; 2 edition (September 30, 2005)

 

Policy Paradox: The Art of Political Decision Making, Revised Edition

Deborah Stone, W. W. Norton & Company; 3rd edition (July 20, 2001)

 

 

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