The FRESH Food Lab is focused on developing infrastructure and engagement resources to encourage, facilitate, and grow integrative food systems research and its applications for economic, policy, and educational development.

Collaborator Catalog


One of FRESH’s first objectives is to build an online “Rolodex” of collaborators with diverse areas of expertise relevant to Circumpolar food systems. As a searchable database of self-submitted profiles, the catalog will provide users with the ability to locate potential collaborators and content experts, and facilitate new interdisciplinary relationships that foster systems thinking. Profile information will be publicly available, and will include location and affiliation(s), contact information, areas of expertise, collaboration preferences, willingness to provide consultations or guest presentations, assets and resources, publication citations, and photos. Check out the form below and submit your info today!


Alaska Pacific University’s Kellogg Spring Creek Farm

The Spring Creek Farm is a productive training farm that sells produce at local markets and through community supported agriculture (CSA) subscriptions. The farm is available as a site for research projects, educational programming, events, and rentals. Visit their dedicated website here for additional information.

APU’s Kellog Spring Creek Farm Campus

APU’s Kellog Spring Creek Farm Campus


Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development


The Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development (JAFSCD) is a peer-reviewed quarterly publication focused on food and farming-related community development. As of January 2018, JAFSCD became open access by adopting a shareholder model, whereby organizations, libraries, and individuals from across the United States “buy in” to support publication costs for the benefit of all. Shareholders gain added benefits such as article publishing charge waivers, free advertising, and a listing in the Sustainable Food Systems Sourcebook. FRESH Directors Liz Snyder and Rachael Miller coordinated with the UAA Center for Community Engagement and Learning (CCEL), Alaska Pacific University, and the Alaska Food Policy Council (AFPC) to buy in as a JAFSCD shareholder group in 2018, with support from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS). Faculty and students at UA and APU, as well as members of the AFPC, can publish accepted articles for free in JAFSCD, and FRESH is available to assist community organizations in manuscript preparations.