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.

If you are interested in joining INFAS please first read the 'Responsibilities and Expectations of INFAS Participants' and the Key INFAS New Participant documents (below) and complete the New Participant Application Process. If, after reading the process and documents, you still have questions, you may contact Joanna Friesner, INFAS Coordinator ( for more information.

 Responsibilities and Expectations of INFAS Participants 

  1. Support the INFAS Vision and Equity in the Food System Statements.
  2. Incorporate the INFAS Mission statement and principles into your work
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Commit time and resources (based on capacity) to participate in INFAS activities including convenings and related activities.
  6. Commit to honest Network communication and engagement, e.g. participating in discussions, contributing to activities etc. (based on capacity)
  7. Model and share best practices in campus:community relationships
  8. 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.

INFAS New Participant Application Process

1.  Please read these key INFAS documents to determine appropriateness of fit. By joining INFAS, you will be indicating your support of the INFAS documents; and INFAS activities in which you engage will be oriented to moving the mission, vision and commitment to equity forward. 

2. After reviewing the 5 INFAS documents and would like to join INFAS, please send the following information in an email to Joanna Friesner (INFAS Coordinator:, parts of which will be posted on the INFAS website:

Information to provide (Note that items marked with * will appear on the INFAS webpage):

  • *Name
  • *Institution (or other) affiliation
  • *Webpage (personal, departmental, institutional, organizational). If none, indicate: n/a
  • *Title (optional)
  • *Department, center, etc. (optional)
  • Email address for INFAS contact, including for list-serv.
  • 3-6 short project descriptions or ongoing activities that demonstrate your alignment with INFAS mission, vision, and commitment to food system equity (no more than 150 words maximum).

3. Coordinator will confirm receipt of requested information via email (if necessary, asking for any additional information or clarification)

4. Your information will be forwarded to the INFAS Executive Committee for review.

5. INFAS Executive Committee reviews and makes a decision.

6. Coordinator conveys response to prospective participant and, if affirmed, adds participant to the INFAS lis-serv and INFAS webpage.

Downloadable PDF - INFAS Application Instructions and Key Documents