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Civic agriculture...

. . . embodies a commitment to agriculture and food production that relies on local resources and serves local markets and consumers. The imperative to earn a profit is filtered through a set of cooperative and mutually supporting social relations. Community problem-solving rather than individual competition is the foundation of civic agriculture.

— Dr. Tom Lyson, 2004 

Learn More About Tom Lyson’s Legacy


Pledge to Join our Open Access Consortium and

Help Make JAFSCD the World's First Community Supported Journal!


 Cover of JAFSCD issue vol. 5, issue 4Since the Lyson Center launched the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development in 2010, our vision has been to provide applied research to practitioners who work on agriculture and food system issues (staff of nonprofit groups, public agencies, consultants, activists, and others) to support their efforts to transform communities through food and agriculture–based community development. Many JAFSCD papers are written by practitioners in collaboration with scholars, researchers, and students in academia.


Without this journal, we would spend many costly hours sorting through reports and papers. With the JAFSCD our work is more effective and efficient. Essential.

                                                                                           ---Sue Beckwith. Texas Center for Local Food

To further JAFSCD’s transformative impact on the ground, we are launching a campaign to become open access—freely available, without a subscription, worldwide. To this end, we are modeling our open access campaign on a model familiar to those involved with food systems—community supported agriculture—to become a community supported journal. We are accepting pledges through September 30, 2017, and commit to becoming open access when we reach our threshold amount.

Learn more about our community supported journal pledge campaign



Progressive Agriculture Ranking (PAR)

Ranking of how progressive farm communities are in all 50 states.

Details forthcoming


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We appreciate your donation in any amount to further the Lyson Center's work. Give securely at the Lyson Center's donation page at our parent organization, the Center for Transformative Action.