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

The North American Food Systems Network (NAFSN) works at the forefront of the food systems profession itself, providing networking opportunities, resources, career guidance, leadership opportunities, training, webinars, podcasts, and a curated jobs board for people at all levels of this critical-change work. 

NAFSN convenes subject matter experts to develop training and open-access tools specifically for community food systems professionals. Our work is grounded in peer-reviewed research 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 development, join today.

Professional Development support

ACRE Facilitator Training is free
for NAFSN members.

NAFSN member discounts on resume services.

NAFSN sponsors a book give-away with The Encouraging Mentor.

New Entry Sustainable Farming Project at Tufts offers NAFSN member discounts for training. 

Upcoming Events:

ACRE Information Session

Are you interested in becoming a trained food systems facilitator? Or, are yo...

NAFSN Leadership Circle Meeting, Aug 7

All members are welcome to attend NAFSN's monthly Leadership Circle meeting...

CARAT Information Session

The North American Food Systems Network has released CARAT as a free, open-acces...

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NAFSN News Summer 2024

Read our Summer 2024 newsletter featuring food systems researcher Myrna Cadena o...

NAFSN Discount for Crop Production Course with New Entry

Reach out to access the access code available to NAFSN members in partnership wi...

Are You An Aspiring Food Systems Consultant?

Join us for an informative webinar featuring Sagdrina Brown Jalal of SageD Consu...



Help us provide inclusive, easy-to-access, professional development opportunities for all involved in community food systems work.

The NAFSN logo is a modern and graphic depiction of a microphone and rain falling on farm land. Its resemblance to a microphone represents networking, inclusion, and an amplification of diverse voices. The idea of rain represents growth, provision, and replenishment, symbols that work across community food systems and professional development. Its circular shape evokes feelings of community and unity. The mark uses geometric shapes representing mutuality, circularity, and relational activities fostered within place-based food & agricultural economies.

Meet the designer.


Are you an emerging food systems professional?

Are you in career transition, seeking a job in community food systems work?

Finding Your Future in Food Systems is for you! 

Our popular webinar series now has a sister podcast!

Listen to the Finding Your Future in Food Systems Podcast: Europe Edition.