In this context, working the food system refers to improving access for all citizens to healthy, wholesome foods. Extension work in this area across the nation encompasses many facets including community gardening, urban agriculture, beekeeping, rural and urban grocery stores, nutrition education, horticulture, youth development, 4H, community and economic development, food entrepreneurship, research, small farms, increasing food literacy and the list goes on . . . In fact food system work encompasses everything that Extension does within the many disciplines that encompass our land grant institutions. This magazine will provide ideas and information as communities embarck on food system work.