The social and informal economy of food: reports on community food initiatives

Special issue of Canadian Food Studies on The social and informal economy of food offers a set of papers and reports that detail the work of several community food initiatives, links observations to literature, and invites others to engage.


  • Introduction to the special issue on the social and informal economy of food – Irena Knezevic, Charles Z. Levkoe, Phil Mount, Connie Nelson

  • A perspective on social economy and food systems: Key insights and thoughts on future research – Phoebe Stephens, Connie Nelson, Charles Levkoe, Phil Mount, Irena Knezevic, Alison Blay-Palmer, Mary Anne Martin

  • Uncovering hidden urban bounty: A case study of Hidden Harvest – Chloé Poitevin DesRivières

  • Understanding social economy through a complexity lens: Four case studies in Northwestern Ontario Four Case Studies – Connie Nelson, Mirella L. Stroink, Charles Z. Levkoe, Rachel Kakegamic, Esther McKay, William Stolz, Allison Streutker

  • Community financing for sustainable food systems The case of FarmWorks Investment Co-operative – Phoebe Stephens, Irena Knezevic, Linda Best

  • Digging through urban agriculture with feminist theoretical implements – Mary Anne Martin

  • Seed saving in Atlantic Canada: Sustainable food through sharing and education – Norma Jean Worden-Rogers, Kathleen Glasgow, Irena Knezevic, Stephanie Hughes

  • Community orchards and Hyde’s theory of the gift – Jennie K Barron

  • Social economy of food initiatives that are nourishing communities through “power-with” practices – Mary Anne Martin, Irena Knezevic, Patricia Ballamingie

Articles are free to download.