Tools



Listservs for Self-education

There are many food-and-farm listservs, serving different geographies, different food system components, and different policy agendas.  The ones that I have found most useful and complementary to each other are the following:

U.S. & NORTH AMERICA
COMFOOD
https://elist.tufts.edu/wws/info/comfood
6262 members
national, North American, some international
Tufts University group (not publicly archived, self-moderated)
All-purpose community food security (food-and-farm systems); probably the oldest and largest listserv

COMFOODJOBS
https://elist.tufts.edu/wws/info/comfoodjobs
10,000 members
national, North American, some international
Tufts University group (not publicly archived, self-moderated)
Job postings only (no “seeking jobs” posting)

Food Policy Networks – FPN
https://lists.johnshopkins.edu/sympa/info/fpn-clf
1077 members
Johns Hopkins Univ. group (publicly archived, not self-moderated, anyone can post)
Supports food policy councils, local and state policy-making

North American Food Systems Network – NAFSN
NAFSN-L-request@cornell.edu
http://www.it.cornell.edu/services/elist/howto/user/custom.cfm
Cornell University (not sure if it’s publicly archived – a new group, self-moderated)
Supports professional development for food systems people

Women, Food, and Agriculture Network – WFAN
https://groups.google.com/a/wfan.org/group/list/
372 members
Google Group (publicly archived, self-moderated)
Supposedly national, but still predominantly Midwest; WFAN is based in Ames, Iowa

REGIONAL
GoodGreens – not a listserv but an essential e-list for the Midwest
6 Midwest states (IL, IN, WI, MN, OH, MI)
USDA Food & Nutrition Service, Midwest Office (downtown Chicago)
Contact: Alan Shannon, Public Affairs Director, is the facilitator ALAN.SHANNON@fns.usda.gov
Monthly networking meeting and twice monthly newsletter

STATE
Illinois Farmers Market Assn. – IFMA
97 members
Illinois
Google Group (publicly archived, self-moderated)
all 300+ farmers markets in Illinois, concentrating on the managers

Illinois Local Food and Farms Coalition – ILFFC
253 members
Illinois
Yahoo Group (publicly archived, self-moderated)
statewide, all-purpose; created in 2007 to support the Illinois Food, Farms, and Jobs Acts and all future statewide food-and-farm policy

LOCAL
Advocates for Urban Agriculture – AUA
https://groups.google.com/group/advocates-for-urban-agriculture
2104 members
Greater Chicago
Google Group (publicly archived, self-moderated)
all-purpose food-and-farm systems listserv