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 science of community food systems, published by our sister program, the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development (JAFSCD.) 

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

Upcoming Events:

Cultivating Connections: Exploring Entry Points into Sustainable Food Systems, hosted by AFHVS/ASFS*

The University of Georgia’s Sustainable Food Systems Initiative will host ...

NAFSN's Leadership Circle Meeting

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

Student Chapter Information Meeting

Interested in starting a NAFSN Student Chapter on your college campus? We w...

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NAFSN Launches New Website

The term "network" is as ubiquitous as mixed baby greens at a farmers ...


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.