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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

The Call of the Land is exceedingly loud and urgent. Time to respond wisely.

In addition to the blog you are checking out right here on my Chiron Communications website, I maintain another blog entitled The Call of the Land. You’re invited to check it out The Call of the Land expresses the urgent call of the land as I and a host of other listeners hear it and comprehend it. In particular The […] Read more »

A message for this moment: Awakening Community Intelligence

I’m pleased to announce publication of my new book, Awakening Community Intelligence: CSA Farms as Community Cornerstones. Both print and eBook editions are now available on Amazon.com. Over the last decades many thousands of people in all parts of the world have come to recognize in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) a vehicle for approaching land, food, labor, […] Read more »