INFAS participants are deeply involved with his or her own local, regional, national, or international networks and engages in time-consuming, valid and important work on a broad spectrum of sustainability and food systems challenges. INFAS was originally envisioned to be a collaborative network that can make broader impacts on sustainability (economic, environmental, and social) across institutions and society, and is meant to be synergistic and to accomplish more than the sum of its parts. Further, the Network was envisioned from the start to include activists in addition to academics, in collaboration, with a goal of being 'boundary spanners' and a commitment to link knowledge to action. INFAS participants should find ways to collaborate (and accept the risk, time commitment and inevitable sacrifice of some of the time we would otherwise have committed to our individual projects) on issues that will require all of us and other partners working together to see movement toward change. It is precisely these difficult issues that can't be solved by any one person and that span boundaries in discourse and practice that a collaborative network is positioned to pursue.
INFAS New Participant Application Process
INFAS welcomes members who:
- Engage in scholarship, action research, and/or action and reflection to create more sustainable and equitable food systems in the United States.
- Explicitly agree to the INFAS mission, vision, and equity-in-the-food-system statement, and the INFAS participant responsibilities and expectations.
You may also wish to review the INFAS Preamble to the Vision, Mission, and Equity in the Food System Statements.
If you fit these criteria, please join by filling out this short form.
- Support the INFAS Vision and Equity in the Food System Statements.
- Incorporate the INFAS Mission statement and principles into your work
- Commit to connecting your work with others to effect change and share knowledge at local, regional, national, or international levels including with communities outside academia.
- Share resources from your place-based work into INFAS and take resources and share back to place-based community work. ‘Resources’ could be information, ideas, publications, or collaboration opportunities including for funding or other relevant activities.
- Commit time and resources (based on capacity) to participate in INFAS activities including convenings and related activities.
- Commit to honest Network communication and engagement, e.g. participating in discussions, contributing to activities etc. (based on capacity)
- Model and share best practices in campus:community relationships
- Be an ambassador for INFAS: cultivate relationships within INFAS and also connect this Network with other networks. Be willing to talk with new people about INFAS, invite more people to participate and share the Network’s commitments to equity in the food system and the pillars of sustainable agriculture and sustainable food systems: economic sustainability, social sustainability, and environmental sustainability.