Upholding the Pillars of Food Sovereignty

It was a blessed relief to hear the quietly passionate oration of organic farmer Don Bustos as he stood upon the land for 20 minutes to speak amid shifting rays of softening sunlight on an early August evening in Santa Fe, New Mexico. With dignity, he stood for clean food, for community food, and for […] Read more »

CSA farms far transcend the concept of marketing strategy

The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service has this month published a report titled Community Supported Agriculture: New Models for Changing Markets. The report highlights changes – from the 1980s to the present – in what the USDA refers to as the “business model” of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). For anyone interested in local food or food security, […] Read more »

Notes on the Mountain West Seed Summit

“Whoever controls the seeds in a culture is going to control life.”                                                   ~ Emigdio Ballón, Tesuque Pueblo Farm My notes from the impressive Mountain West Seed Summit in Santa Fe, New Mexico […] Read more »

Historic CSA Farm Charter set for USA & Canada

I’m pleased to share this press release, just developed by a community of people who recognize the importance of community farms (CSAs), and who see the potential for enhancing our environment, improving our diets, supporting our local farmers, and cooperating for mutual benefit with our neighbors. ~ SM Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms across the United States […] Read more »

CSA Farms as a Sober Response to Political & Climate Chaos

Community Farms (CSAs) are a sober and intelligent response to accelerating political and climate turbulence. Economic turbulence may follow. Time to act now. Here are some key resources. Read more »

Farms of Tomorrow published in Mandarin Chinese Translation

Farms of Tomorrow, the book about community supported agriculture that the late Trauger Groh and I co-authored 27 years ago, has now been translated into Mandarin, the dialect used by 70% of the 1.2 billion human beings who speak Chinese. When Trauger and I collaborated on the original English-language edition of Farms of Tomorrow in 1989-90 there were […] Read more »

Community Circle Develops Dynamic Vision for CSA Farms

Our community circle existed in time for just 91 minutes during Tierra Viva (Farming the Living Earth), the hemisphere-wide conference that was summoned into being by the Biodynamic Association. But over those 91 minutes the 30+ people in the workshop circle brainstormed a resourceful vision for CSA farms going forward. Our Community CSA Circle took up […] Read more »

Prepping for Resilient Community: Wherever Two or More are Gathered

Is there, or could there be, a biodynamic preparation that aids, nurtures and supports the cultural, agricultural and spiritual grafting of the world’s wide array of cultural and agricultural traditions to the native rootstock and wisdom ways so inseparably a part of North America? Read more »

Consilience Enhances Resilience

My essay on a bit of word play (consilience enhances resilience) – and the words’ relevance for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) – has been online for some time at Mother Earth News. The linking words in this simple rhyme are worth remembering and applying.   Read more »

Grafting the Food System to America’s Rootstock

As we are rocked by repeated waves of climate change, and sharp shifts in politics, economics, and society, something durable is called for – something strong, wise, rooted in the land, waiting at last to find a home in our souls. The core native knowings that have been part of culture and agriculture on this […] Read more »