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 »

CSA Farms are a Righteous Response to Climate Emergency & Food-System Shock

Right around the start of the year climate scientists began to use a new phrase to talk about the condition of our Earth. Climate emergency, they began to say. In so doing they were giving voice to the hard truth that, in the view of many climatologists, we’ve already tipped the scales past a point of no […] Read more »

Calling Things by Their Name: The World’s Urgent Summons to Agrosanity

I’ve written an extensive essay on our food and our farms, and the turning point we’ve reached with these foundational matters through 2015. I invite you to check it out on my blog for The Call of the Land. “…In the spirit of calling things by their true name, and based on the realities of summer 2015, […] Read more »