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, environment and community in a healthier way.
Now – in an era with increasing shadows of environmental catastrophe – it’s time to expand exponentially the CSA vision and reality. The opportunity is before us to establish hundreds of thousands of CSA farms in nations around the world, and to thereby employ a proven, egalitarian model to address the radically changing circumstances in our environment, climate, economics, and social relationships.
This book lays out the vision, and sounds a call to action.
Author Steven McFadden is a journalist who has been writing about CSA since its inception in the USA in the late 1980s.
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Awakening Community Intelligence: CSA Farms as 21st Century Community Cornerstones
I'm pleased to offer this new book, Awakening Community Intelligence. For context, here are some related reviews of my other books:
Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development: "...Readers new to this movement sometimes struggle to identify a primer that is accessible and grounded in real-world examples. The Call of the Land (an Agrarian Primer for the 21st Century) lends itself as a tool for such readers, as it not only illustrates a foundational agrarian ethos historically argued by Wendell Berry and Wes Jackson, but it also outlines a variety of practical models and approaches to inform the practice of local food system development."
Resurgence Magazine about Farms of Tomorrow: "It is rare to come across any practical farming guide that sets out, from its inception, a set of principles that embrace social, spiritual and economic concerns on completely equal terms...The wisdom and clarity of philosophy are striking throughout."
Whole Earth Review about Farms of Tomorrow: "This is the best book to access the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) movement, including philosophical, spiritual, practical essays and how-to (including financial discussions). This is the source for tools, organizations, farms, and networks concerning the renewal of agriculture."
Independent Publisher about The Call of the Land: "The ecology of our planet and the health of its inhabitants is in peril, because we've lost our connection to the land. This book describes how we can rally to save the quality of our air, water and soil through a new agrarian revolution -- starting at the local level to regain control of our food supply -- and bring back a sane, intelligent, and holistic approach to the way we live on the land. Steven McFadden describes with eloquence and detail how it's already underway across the continent, and his book is a cornucopia of resources and ideas..."
Courtney White, Director, the Quivira Coalition, author of Revolution on the Range: The Rise of a New Ranch in the American West: "The Call of the Land is an important and timely primer on a resurgent agrarianism taking place around the nation. As the challenges of the 21st Century begin to bear down, we can take solace, and find pragmatic solutions, in the back-to-the-land work of progressive farmers, ranchers, conservationists, and many others. Hope dwells in the grassroots. This book is a great guide on where to look."
Farmer John Peterson, Angelic Organics "In the face of widespread turmoil and resignation, The Call of the Land shows us that our hands, minds, and hearts, when used as one, are already healing ourselves and the planet earth. Author Steven McFadden reminds us that the seeds to a new future are being planted right now, that farms are Mecca's of cultural and ecological renewal."
Ingrid Kirst, Director of Community CROPS: "The Call of the Land will inspire you with page after page of innovative projects across the country that are having a positive impact on how we eat. Explore this comprehensive list of positive ideas and then implement them in your own community."
Charles Francis, UNL Center for Sustainable Agricultural Systems: "McFadden's call to action is clearly written and well referenced with a robust list of current websites and a bibliography for general reading on positive methods for resolving our food security challenge. Anyone interested in a good contemporary overview of challenges and solutions will find the book valuable."