This sequel to the original, inspirational blueprint for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) serves as a guide for the movement as it enters the next stage in its development. Trauger Groh and Steven McFadden provide very practical examples and information that is useful to growers and shareholders alike without losing sight of the heart and excitement that makes the CSA movement central to the renewal of agriculture.
Added to the materials from the original edition are two new essay by Trauger Groh dealing with the economic, legal and spiritual questions surrounding the CSA movement, and the role of domestic animals on CSA farms, while Steven McFadden contributes several new pieces on the context and scope of community farms. New farm profiles are included, and the farm ‘biographies’ from the 1990 first edition are reprinted and updated with reports on their present situations and lessons learned during the intervening years. Expanded appendices provide suggestions for starting CSA farms, look at the issues surrounding the acquisition and holding of land, illustrate sample farm prospecti and budgets, and offer lengthy lists of resources and suggestions for additional reading.
Essay topics include:
* Why Do We Need New Farms?
* What Is Needed to Create the Farms of Tomorrow?
* Ten Steps Toward the Farms of Tomorrow
* Three Basic Rules
* Economic, Legal, and Spiritual Questions Facing Community Farms
* Domestic Animals and the Farms of Tomorrow
* The Context of Community Farms: Industrial Culture and Agriculture
* Belonging to a Community Farm: Families, Food, Farms, Festival
* Large-Scale Community Farms
* Community Farm Conditions
‘Some things are typical for all community supported farms. In all of them there is a strong dedication to quality; most of them are organic or biodynamic farms, most of them show great diversification, most are integrated farm organisms having their own livestock and thus their own source of manure, or they are aiming in this direction. At all of them, far more people are working regularly per hundred acres than in conventionally run farms; and generally there are just many more people around participating in all the dimensions of agricultural life: working, relaxing, storing, shopping, celebrating. This human element is of enormous importance. It shows that these farms have something to offer beyond good food. They embody educational and cultural elements that draw the interest of many people. Besides clean, healthy, life-giving food, and a strong contribution to an improved environment, the education and cultural elements constitute the third great gift that the farms of tomorrow have to offer.’
‘Cooperation among community farms is central to transforming regional food systems and to the success of the CSA movement as a whole. Described by some as the ‘next level’ of CSA, building connections between farms creates a new dimension for furthering the ideals and practice of CSA. Collaboration at the farm-to-farm level enables community supported farms to develop and exchange practical knowledge and information with each other, coordinate public outreach, pool material resources, and develop support systems for new or struggling farmers. This is also an important arena in which various perspectives, values, ideas and philosophies about CSA can be presented and negotiated, resulting in the creation of larger shared visions and new ideas for bringing about social change.’
This is a Board and staff favorite: ‘Good inspiration when I was first figuring out how we should do our winter CSA.’ (Paula Manalo)
‘Great motivating resource for farmers and and shareholders. The book’s anecdotes about different models show how one can think creatively when setting up a CSA that is appropriate for the particular farm and community.” (Rebecca Briggs)
Trauger Groh has been a farmer for 40 years and has been at the leading edge of the organic, biodynamic, and community farm movements. After helping to establish a widely known community-supported farm in North Germany, he settled down in Wilton, NH, where he helped to start the Temple-Wilton Community Farm. Trauger is also active as a consultant for many other farms and farming groups in America and abroad. In recent years, on regular visits to Russia he as been helping to build up low-input organic farms, and presenting lectures on farm-related issues. At present, Trauger is particularly active through the Biodynamic Farmers of the Northeast and the Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association of America.
Steven McFadden lives about five miles down the road from Trauger. An independent journalist since 1975, he has published hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles and is the author of several books. Steven if founder and director of the Wisdom Conservancy at Merriam Hill Education Center, a private, non-profit institute with a mission to conserve, communicate, and encourage wisdom via modern media, and thereby to support and encourage the public in cultivating and applying wisdom. He travels widely to study and to present lectures and workshops.
Author: Trauger Groh and Steven McFadden
Paperback: 294 pages
Publisher: Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association (2000)
Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 inches