R.I.P. Trauger Groh, Agrarian Adept

July 27, 2016 – With sorrow, I note the death this morning of my friend and colleague Trauger Groh, 83, of the Temple-Wilton Community Farm in New Hampshire, one of the oldest continuously operating CSAs in the USA. Trauger is survived by his wife, Alice, and their two adult children, Nicola and Theo, by his daughters […] Read more »

Sounding a call for hundreds of thousands more CSA Farms

Would you rather participate in a nightmare or a vision? The nightmare is here and intensifying: climate chaos. Each person, each family, and each community has to reckon with it some way. Community farms (CSAs) are a clean, intelligent and strategic response. As daily news reports awaken public awareness of profound changes in our climate, economics as […] Read more »

Memes – Thought Awakeners – for Community Well-being

In recognition of the many personal, community and global benefits that arise from Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), I’ve created a series of memes to help awaken thought on the potentials that can be realized. CSA farms are continuing to develop in nations around the world. They are arising not as initiatives of corporations or governments, but rather […] Read more »

History is made by people who do things now.

Elizabeth and I went to the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico last night to hear Winona LaDuke and Mililani Trask speak as part of the Lannan Foundation’s programs on cultural freedom. Among the many insightful and rousing remarks they shared with the audience, one seemed to me particularly well suited for a meme: Read more »

True Saga Commemorates an Epic American Spiritual Quest

Twenty years have come and gone, and thus I am moved to acknowledge and commemorate a great adventure for our era, and the telling of the true tale of that adventure as Odyssey of the 8th Fire. The 8th Fire saga tells the real story of a great, long prayer walk in 1995-96 from the […] Read more »

McFadden: Farms can be cornerstones for communities

The Country Today, a newspaper based in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, published a nice story this week about the keynote talk I gave there in Early December. My talk was titled “Awakening Community Intelligence: CSA Farms as 21st Century Cornerstones.” Here’s a link to the story. Read more »

Community Farmers Convene in America’s Heartland

For dozens of reasons, it’s time to convene in America’s heartland a conference of farmers involved in Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA). Thanks to the artful community collaboration of 15 farm organizations* – anchored by the Wisconsin Farmers Union – just such a gathering will happen December 3-4, 2015, in Eau Claire, Wisconsin: The Midwest CSA Conference: […] Read more »

Heroes and Heroines in Crisis

OK, I cranked up the meme machine this week and created this offering below on life’s adventure. May it honorably commemorate the 20th anniversary of our epic walk from America’s Eastern Door toward the Western Gate, striking sparks for the 8th Fire. For your consideration, here’s the meme: 8thfire.net Read more »