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Tribute to Jac Smit featured in Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development


Washington, DC; Jac’s Presentation on Urban Agriculture at Wilson Center with Photo of Del-Mar-VA Greenhouse in Background; 2002; Photo by Wilson Center PR Department.

Issue 2 – Jac Smit tributes: On the past and the future of the urban agriculture movement Agriculture Movement

Reflections in tribute to Jac Smit
by Anne C. Bellows, Joe Nasr (editors); Diana Lee-Smith, Luc J. A. Mougeot, Michael Levenston, Peter Mann, Katherine Brown, Jerry Kaufman (contributors)
Volume 1 Issue 2 JAFSCD
December 2010
Highly recommended. Historical perspective on urban agriculture. Mike

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The relationship between food and cities is newly maturing after decades in the shadows, with urban agriculture acting as a pivotal lynch pin in the development. To comprehend this reemergence, one must understand the role that Jac Smit, who passed away in 2009, played in it. His curiosity and vision pursued the ramifications of urban agriculture on planning for social, financial, and environmental systems and infrastructures, in and near cities, including job creation, food production and nutrition enhancement, gray – and wastewater recycling, urban composting, air cooling and cleaning, and the presence of a framework of green zones.

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December 15, 2010   Comments Off

Issue 2 of The Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development – special topic – “Urban Agriculture”


Urban Agriculture Special Issue

Issue 2 will include the following:

A tribute to the life and work of Jac Smit, the “father of urban agriculture,” contributed by his colleagues and edited by Joe Nasr and Anni Bellows

“Assessing the Local Food Supply Capacity of Detroit, Michigan,” by Kathryn Colasanti and Michael Hamm

“Could Toronto Provide 10% of its Fresh Vegetable Requirements from Within its Own Boundaries? Matching Consumption Requirements with Growing Spaces,” by Rod MacRae and colleagues

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November 4, 2010   Comments Off

Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development (JAFSCD) – Call for papers on Urban Agriculture


Best Practices in Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture Development

To be included in JAFSCD Vol. 1 Issue 2
Deadline: June 5, 2010

JAFSCD welcomes research or policy briefs, and case studies (up to 2,500 words) and full articles (up to 8,500 words) on best community-development practices related to:

Urban livestock management and regulation
Urban market gardening and backyard gardening
Marketing and value-adding
Waste management and reuse
Urban farming by immigrant or other special populations
Farming on the fringe

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February 2, 2010   1 Comment