Indiana Uplands Food Network Webinar Series
- SFSS member Olga Kalentzidou was featured on a recent episode of the podcast "In This Climate" put on by the IU Media School and Environmental Resilience Institute. The episode was focused on the idea of "redesigning food systems" and Kalentzidou talks about soil health, urban farming, and more! Watch the episode here. May 13, 2021.
- SFSS member Claire Frohman interviewed SFSS researchers Shellye Suttles, Keitlyn Alcantara, and Kurt Waldman this spring for the Ostrom Workshop's new podcast series, Governance Roundtable at the Ostrom Workshop, or G.R.O.W. You can listen to the interviews here in the Ostrom podcast library or on Soundcloud, Spotify, or anywhere you get your podcasts. May, 2021.
- SFSS researchers Angela Babb and Dan Knudsen had their recent article Examining Public Transportation in Healthy Food Access Research published in Taylor and Francis Online in the Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition. This piece examines the role of public transit access in food access and demonstrates the need for a place-based, household-level analysis of healthy food access. The study provides an example of this relationship as well as lessons for incorporating public transportation into healthy food access research.
Congratulations to SFSS member Wes Zebrowski for receiving an Ostrom Fellowship with the Ostrom Workshopand for being admitted to the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program! Mar 26, 2021.
“Incentivizing Land Access for Small, Beginning and Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers: Research, Extension and Community of Practice," a research project lead by SFSS member Julia Valliant, was one of 24 innovative projects recently awarded grants by the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) through their Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI). AFRI is the nation’s leading and largest competitive grants program for agricultural sciences. Mar 26, 2021.
Congratulations to SFSS member Jordan Blekking for being awarded the College of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Completion Fellowship! March 24, 2021.
What will food be like after the pandemic? A new study by SFSS researchers outlines an alternative food system emerging in the American Midwest. The IPES-Food Communique of April 2020 made four recommendations in light of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on our food system: “take immediate action to protect the most vulnerable,” “build resilient agroecological food systems” that use “natural synergies” to support regenerative systems and local food cultures and communities, “rebalance economic power for the public good,” and “reform international food systems governance.” In their recent article in Global Sustainability, SFSS members Jennifer Meta Robinson, Leila Mzali, Daniel Knudsen, James Farmer, Ruta Spiewak, Shellye Suttles, Annie Shattuck, Julia Valliant, and Angela Babb, and graduate student Mecca Burris examine the disruption that the current pandemic has created within the US industrial food system and suggest that attending to small-scale responses to the pandemic can guide policy and public investments towards a more just and sustainable future for food. Read the paper here.
SFSS member James Farmer and SFSS alumna Analena Bruce explore the influence of climate risks on farmer behaviors in the Southern Wabash River Basin in a new publication. Their piece, published in Land Use Policy, an international and interdisciplinary journal concerned with the social, economic, political, legal, physical and planning aspects of urban and rural land use, draws on 33 semi-structured interviews with farmers to understand whether climate risks are driving the above-average rates of cover-crop adoption in the Southern Wabash River Basin compared to other areas in Indiana. Read the full article here.
"Farm Seeker Needs Versus Farm Owner Offers - A Comparison and Analysis in the U.S. Midwest and Plains." In a new publication in the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, SFSS members Julia Valliant, James Farmer, and Stephanie Dickinson compare how farm seekers’ needs align with the offerings of farm owners whose farm assets may transfer out of family in the 12-state North Central Region as defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Read the full piece here.
SFSS member Wes Zebrowski was recently published in Sustainability, an international journal of environmental, cultural, economic, and social sustainability of human beings. In the publication, drawing on data from an original survey of 1001 rural farm households across five study sites in sub-Saharan African, Zebrowski and co-authors explore the different levels of access for men and women to formal markets for agricultural inputs, including seed, and reflect upon the need for careful attention to the different implications of seed policies, market interventions, and other seed system reforms to support gender-equitable food security in the region. Read the full open access article here. Feb 15, 2021.
SFSS and the Center for Rural Engagement just wrapped up their second collaborative Indiana Uplands Winter Food Conference. The conference, which was online this year, was spread out over the course of three weeks of lunchtime sessions and covered a rich array of topics to help create a thriving regional food system. Check out the conference page on our website for links to recordings and other resources from the sessions. Feb 12, 2021.
SFSS member Olga Kalentzidou is featured in the latest Euro Exchange Newsletter with a piece entitled "Culinary Crossings." Her piece explores the power of shared culinary traditions to unite a region of otherwise tense political relations, as well as the emotions that come with being an immigrant far from one's homeland around the holidays. Kalentzidou shares recipes for kreatopita (a meat pie), and stuffed cappabge leaves. Her piece begins on page 10 of the newsletter, which you can find here. January, 2021.
A research initiative exploring the implementation of the idea of "food as medicine" led and coordinated by SFSS members Julia Valliant and Jodee Ellett was featured on a recent episode of the Earth Eats podcast on Indiana Public Media. Learn more and listen to the episode here. Jan 15, 2021.
SFSS member Julia Valliant is among six awardees of new ISDA Specialty Crop Grant for research helping to identify the steps needed to establish an Indiana-based supply chain for Indiana grown chestnuts, hazelnuts, pecans and walnuts by conducting a supply chain assessment and hosting grower education workshops. The focus will be on the feasibility of building Indiana’s nut aggregation and processing capacity, to increase the amount of value created by Indiana grown nuts. Learn more about the grant and the other awardees here. Dec 3, 2020.
SFSS memebers Stacey Giroux, Jorden Blecking, and Kurt Waldman were published this week by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) with an article titled Informal Vendors and Food Systems Planning in an Emerging African City. The article is based on fieldwork they did in Zambia in the Summer of 2019 and brings in the expertise of a policy expert from IFPRI. Nov. 18, 2020.
In an article recently published in Taylor and Francis Online, SFSS members Dan Knudson and Angela Babb, along with a talented undergraduate cohort, outline a new approach to mapping food access in the U.S, comparing the standard USDA approach to a method that examines differences between actual food outlet locations and optimal locations, as defined by a covering model. Check out the article here to learn more. Nov 17, 2020.
SFSS member Sarah Osterhoudt was published this week in Sapiens magazine. Read her piece titled, "The Pandemic and the Process of Becoming," in which she reflects on parenting and the liminal nature of these uncertain times here. Nov 12, 2020.
SFSS memberJulia Valliant presented a talk this week called “Beginning Farmer and Rancher Land Access: The Landowner Side of the Coin” during a session about farm and ranch transfers to the Emerging Research on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers conference of USDA-ERS and the Farm Foundation. Nov 10, 2020.
In situations of uncertainty, people often make decisions with heuristic shortcuts or decision rules, rather than using computational or logical methods such as optimizing their behavior based on specific goals. In an article recently published in Environmental Research Letters, SFSS members Kurt Waldman, Stacey Giroux, and Jordan Blekking examine how, while the high level of uncertainty and complexity involved in adapting to climate change would suggest that heuristics would be commonly used in this context, farmers demonstrate an orientation toward decision making as a rational utility-maximizing process, despite decades of research indicating otherwise. You can find the full article here. Nov 2, 2020.
SFSS member Angela Babb is featured in a recent article in the Limestone Post for her leadership role in forming the People's Open Pantry, a no-barrier food pantry born from Babb's work helping found and run the People's Market. Read the full article here.
SFSS members Olga Kalentzidou and Carl Ipsen were featured in a recent article in the Herarld times for their incredible work fighting food insecurity on campus. Explore the article to learn more about how Covid-19 is impacting student food insecurity and how IU is mobilizing to address it.
SFSS member Shellye Suttles was published this September in Choices Magazine, a publication of AAEA, the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. The article discusses the logistical challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic for the U.S. food supply chain and explores how human resources have presented the greatest risk exposure but have also been the greatest asset underlying the innovative response to unprecedented shocks. Read the article here. September, 2020.
SFSS member, Angela Babb, along with Megan Betz from IU's department of Geography were recently published in a Web Exclusive for Gastronomica, the Journal for Food Studies, in a special edition on Food in the Time of Covid-19. In the article, Babb and Betz reflect upon the formation of the People's Cooperative Market, an equity-driven farmer's market in Bloomington Indiana, and the vital role it plays in these challenging times. Find the article here. Aug 26, 2020.
A recent episode of Indiana Public Media's program, Earth Eats, features the IU Campus Farm, run by SFSS member James Farmer. The episode includes an interview with farm manager, Erin Carman-Sweeny, and explores some of the farm's implementation of regenerative farming practices. Listen to the episode and read the article here. Aug 21, 2020.
For urban households in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) the path to sustained urban food systems and food security is an ongoing challenge. In a their latest publication in Applied Geography, SFSS members Jordan Blekking and Kurt Waldman use household-level data from 718 low-income households in Lusaka, Zambia, to assess urban food security through two measures, the Food Consumption Score (FCS) and the Coping Strategies Index (CSI). Read the article here.
Vanilla prices in Madagascar have reached historic highs. For the country's vanilla producing smallholders, the influx of new wealth has resulted in profound affective changes, in large part owing to vanilla theft, which has become widespread. In her article "Nobody Wants to Kill" recently published in the American Ethnologist, SFSS member Sarah Osterhoudt explores how in the vanilla market, as with commodity markets more generally, it is those with the least to gain who are disproportionately exposed to violence and harm. Aug 17, 2020.
Using a ‘chains of meaning’ framework that centers ethnographic and comparative analysis, SFSS member Sarah Osterhoudt and co-authors examine how basmati and red rice gained special export status in their respective countries in part through the negotiation of non-economic meanings by individuals operating in the ‘in between’ spaces of trade regulation. Read the article here in Science Direct. Jul 28, 2020.
During the 1990s, many Southern African governments liberalized their seed markets. Using an institutional analysis framework, SFSS members Jordan Blekking and Kurt Waldman illustrate in a recent publication in the Journal of Environmental Planning and Management the complex system of actors and feedback that governs the seed certification process in Zambia and examine how smallholder hybrid-seed use has changed over the last decade. Read the article here. Jul 13, 2020.
Success for young, beginning, and/or socially disadvantaged (New Gen) farmers and ranchers depends on their ability to secure suitable land to start and expand their operations, yet this is a significant and widely reported challenge. In a new JAFSCD viewpoint article, "Land Access Policy Incentives: Emerging Approaches to Transitioning Farmland to a New Generation," SFSS member, Julia Valliant, and co-author, Julia Freedgood, introduce the slim evidence that exists of the impacts and reach of existing US land access policy incentive (LAPI) programs that were developed to address this challege and call for the assessment of three major types. Read the article here. Jun 11, 2020.
An article by SFSS member, Carl Ipsen, tracking the social, cultural, environmental, and economic impacts of the Xylellia Fastidiosa bacteria on olive oil production in Southern Italy was published in the May issue of Gastronomica, The Journal for Food Studies. Read the article here. Jun 1, 2020.
An article co-authored by SFSS members Dan Knudsen, Angela Babb, Jordan Blekking, and a number of IU undergraduate students was published in the online journal, Nature, in their Food Research Journal: Accessibility to emergency food systems in south-central Indiana assessed by spatiotemporal indices of pressure at county and pantry level. May 19, 2020.
SFSS member Julia Valliant presented a Beginning Farmer/Rancher Land Access webinar with collaborators from the American Farmland Trust and Land For Good. 100 service providers from around the country participated: Recent Findings & Tools: New Farmer/Rancher Land Access and Farm Link Services. April 8, 2020.
“If you are interested in a vibrant local economy, you may be interested in supporting your local farm and those local businesses who are buying local from each other.” Read this article by the Indiana Environmental Reporter for more insights from SFSS member, Jodee Ellett, on the vital connection between farmers and consumers and the vulnerabilities in our food system highlighted during the Covid-19 crisis.
SFSS Member Olga Kalentzidou was awarded "Advisor of the Year" this week by students for her incredible work with student group, The Campus Kitchen. See her recognition begin at minute 2.06! May 6, 2020.
Many of SFSS's core members are working closely with IU's Center for Rural Engagement on collaborative projects. Check out their 2019-2020 Faculty and Projects guide to explore.
Halt destruction of nature or suffer even worse pandemics: An essay co-authored by SFSS member and distinguished IU Professor, Eduardo Brondizio, was featured in an article in the Guardian this morning. Apr 27, 2020.
SFSS member, Jodee Ellett, was interviewed by Kenny Smith of the IU Media School for "On Topic with IU," a podcast designed to address the many changes COVID-19 is bringing to campus life and beyond. Ellett answers questions about the effects of the pandemic on our food systems; explaining what's going on in the food supply chain, the issues farmers are facing, some historical parallels, the growing trend toward community gardening, and more. Listen here! Apr 22, 2020.
SFSS Graduate Student, Leila Mzali, mapped an overview of worker movements happening across the country in response to COVID-19 working conditions. Explore the map, which Mzali will be updating bi-weekly, here. Apr 21, 2020.
The IU Food Institute is partnering with IU Dining to create the Emergency Meals Project, a collaboration combining IU Dining's currently underutilized facilities and staff with food and financial donations from the community to create a daily lunch pick-up for students and other community members in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read about the project in this article featured in the IU Bloomington News, or donate to the project here. Apr 20, 2020.
SFSS Researcher, Annie Shattuck, was recently published in Plos One, an inclusive journal community working together to advance science for the benefit of society, now and in the future. Find the publication here.
SFSS member, Angela Babbs, and IU Geography Department PhD Candidate, Megan Betz, are quoted in a recent article in the Limestone Post as founding members of the The People's Market, a new Bloomington Farmers' Market built on the founding principles of food justice and mutual aid. To read about the market's unique sponsorship program and to learn about its origin story and quick pivots to accomodate COVID-19 concerns, you can find the full article here.
IU adds Master of the Arts in Food studies as one of two newly approved graduate degrees. Read the full article here.
SFSS member, Ruta Spiewak, helped author the recent publication in SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) entitled A Sustainable Food System for the European Union. Find the full report here. Apr 9, 2020.
Hoosiers Take on Home Gardening: SFSS member, Jodee Ellett, was featured this week in an article by the Indiana Environmental Reporter examining how more people are growing their own food as a way to help the environment and stave off boredom during the COVID-19 crisis. Apr 8, 2020.
The Future of Agriculture Depends on New Faces and New Ideas: SFSS members James Farmer, Julia Valliant, and Jodee Ellett partner with young farmer couple on Sare grant. Read more by clicking the links above.
Four new briefs of findings available for SFSS's Farm Transfers to Beginning Farmers research project: Next-generation farmer and rancher land needs, Tracking progress in farm succession programming, Supporting farm transfers to next-generation producers , Entering farmers face a shortage of on-farm housing
Inaugural Indiana Uplands Winter Food Conference in Bedford, IN was a great success. Read more about this collaboration between SFSS and IU's Center for Rural Engagement in this article published in the Sunday Herald Times. Feb 02, 2020.
Kate Mundon-Dixon, Postdoctoral Researcher for SFSS was published in The Conversation today. Read the article on young California ranchers here.