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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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About NAFSN

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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POLICY AND PLANNING 

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

 

Food Policy Councils: Lessons Learned

 

Food First: Institute for Food and Development Policy, 2009

 

 

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

 

Iowa State University, Extension and Outreach, 2012

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

 

 

American Planning Association Policy Guide on Community and Regional Food Planning

 

Adopted by the Legislative and Policy Committee, April 13, 2007
Adopted by the Chapter Delegate Assembly, April 14, 2007
Adopted by the Board of Directors, April 15, 2007
Final Policy Guide, May 11, 2007

 

 

Regionalist Approaches to Farm and Food System Policy: A Focus on the Northeast

 

The Northeast Ag Works! Project
October 2006

 

 


 

LEADING BOOKS ON POLICY MAKING

  

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

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)

 

 

 

 

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