The North American Food Systems Network (NAFSN) supports the work of professionals, academics, and activists who focus on agriculture and food issues. Your membership includes a subscription to the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development (JAFSCD). Learn more about joining!


JAFSCD cover spring 2014, volume 4, issue 3





The NAFSN Good Food Talk webinar series shares innovations in the field and highlights efforts to promote just and sustainable food systems. They provide you with the opportunity to learn and interact with food system practitioners and experts in diverse locations and regions. And they're free and open to the public!


Upcoming webinar: 


At the end of the month the North American Food Systems Network will host a webinar building on the theme of equity and sustainability, focusing on the Food Water-Energy Nexus and the forthcoming summit scheduled for September 20-22, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. http://www.famuenergywaterfoodnexus.org/summit/overview


Topic: Environmental Justice & the Food-Water-Energy Nexus 


DateWednesday, August 30, 2017 


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




Richard D. Schulterbrandt Gragg, Ph.D. -- Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Policy, Florida  A&M University  and Chair, FAMU Environment and Sustainability Council Founding Director, Center for Environmental Equity and Justice


Victor Ibeanusi, PhD -- Dean, School of the Environment, Florida A&M University and Chair of the Energy-Water-Food Nexus (EWFN) International Summit


Moderator: Bakari McClendon --  NAFSN member and  Executive Director, Tallahassee Food Network, Inc.


Register: HERE


The EnergyWaterFoodNexus seeks to unite an international public-private network focused on solving international sustainability problems. Addressing environmental resource issues worldwide, the Nexus is a much-needed response to the global energy, water and food crisis.


About FAMU. Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) is an 1890 land-grant institution dedicated to the advancement of knowledge, resolution of complex issues and the empowerment of citizens and communities. FAMU’s distinction as a doctoral/research institution will continue to provide mechanisms to address emerging issues through local and global partnerships. Expanding upon the University’s land-grant status, it will enhance the lives of constituents through innovative research, engaging cooperative extension, and public service.


The Center for Environmental Equity and Justice, established in 1998, is an information resource center to increase the community, faith-based organizations, state and local government and any other interested parties awareness of environmental justice issues primarily in the state of Florida and throughout the country.The Center assists, trains, and educates people about environmental justice. The CEEJ’s mission is to address environmental issues through research, education, training and community outreach, and make recommendations to be used in developing policies that are designed to protect all citizens from exposure to environmental hazards.






Most recent webinar:


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.   




Learn more and find recordings in our archives. 



Archived Good Food Talk webinars:


Economic Impact of Local Food Systems (produced by NAFSN and USDA-AMS, May 25, 2017)


Big Hunger: Corporate America and Anti-Hunger Groups (March 29, 2017)

Food Justice and Black Lives: Voices from the Movement (produced by NAFSN and Farms to Grow, February 22, 2017)

Land Justice, Black Agrarianism and the Freedom Movement: Emerging Voices (produced by NAFSN, Farms to Grow, and Food First, January 2017)

We Traded our MetroCards for Tractors: Going from Urban Agriculture to Rural Farming (produced by  NAFSN, December 2016)

Collaborative Pathways to Change: Tools for Just and Sustainable Food Systems Networks (produced by NAFSN and the Interaction Institute for Social Change, November 2016)

Food Systems Networks "Circle Forward": Innovations in Collaborative Governance (produced by NAFSN and Circle Forward, October 2016)

Experience of People of Color in Food Systems Work (produced by NAFSN and the Lyson Center for Civic Agriculture and Food Systems, March 2015)


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