a professional association for people working together to strengthen local & regional food systems 

We work at the forefront of the food systems profession itself, providing networking opportunities, access to practitioner tools, career guidance, student chapters, webinars, and a curated jobs board for people at all levels of this critical-change work. 

NAFSN also creates interactive learning experiences with the open-access, peer-viewed research on community food systems published by our sister program, the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development (JAFSCD).

If you value a diverse and informed workforce at the helm of community food systems, join today.

Upcoming Events:

Finding Your Future in Food Systems

Featured on October 4: MAGGIE SMITH, Sustainable Agriculture Foo...

NAFSN's Leadership Circle Meeting

NAFSN's Leadership Circle Meeting is held virtually on the first Wednesday of ea...

NAFSN Leadership Circle Retreat

The NAFSN Leadership Circle Retreat is open to any member who regularly attends ...

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Finding Your Future in Food Systems

Registration is now open for NAFSN's popular networking series on Oct 4, Oct 19,...

ACRE Strategic Planning Facilitator Training now taking applications

AgriCluster Resilience and Expansion - (ACRE for short) is a professionally faci...

ISU Local Food Leader Certification, fall enrollment deadline is Sept 15, 2022.

Food systems practitioners nationwide can ramp up their skills by enrolling in t...


The North American Food Systems Network (NAFSN) works to be a leader in the professional development of food systems practitioners, and the food systems profession itself, by tapping into a diverse network of food systems professionals who value community, collaboration, innovation, integrity, justice, equity, productivity, education, and efficacy.


We envision a future in which food systems practitioners have the tools and support to effectively support the development of viable local and regional food systems that offer rewarding economic opportunities for producers as well as provide access to healthful, safe, reliable, affordable, biodiverse and culturally-diverse connections to food for all.


NAFSN is a professional development association connecting people to opportunities and resources to promote resilient local and regional food systems in the advancement of equity and healthful food access for all.