Growing Food Connections: Translating Research for Policy Series

This series translates peer-reviewed journal article on food systems planning for a broad audience of food system practitioners, local governments, planners and policy makers. The first brief, How Food Policy Emerges, is now available.  This brief translates the work in the journal article Rustbelt Radicalism: A decade of food systems planning in Buffalo, New York, originally published in the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development

Growing Food Connections aims to use research, education, planning and policy to address the concerns of struggling farmers and vulnerable consumers by building capacity of local governments and their partners to create, implement and sustain food system policies and plans that both promote food security and foster a healthy agricultural sector. Growing Food Connections is supported by Agriculture and Food Research initiative Competitive Grant no. 2012-68004-19894 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. More information can be found at