Farms of Tomorrow Revisited: Community-Supported Farms – Farm-Supported Communities
This timely sequel to Farms of Tomorrow, the popular inspirational blueprint for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is set to guide this rapidly growing movement to the next stage of its development. The authors provide very practical examples and information that will be of service to growers and shareholders alike without losing sight of the heart and excitement that makes CSA central to the renewal of agriculture.
Added to the material from the original edition are two new essays 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 profiles of five farms 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 prospects and budgets, and offer lengthy lists of resources and suggestions for additional reading.
C O N T E N T S:
Part I: Essays on the Farms of Tomorrow —Trauger Groh
1. Why Do We Need New Farms?
2. What Is Needed to Create the Farms of Tomorrow?
3. Ten Steps toward the Farms of Tomorrow
4. Three Basic Rules
5. Economic, Legal, and Spiritual Questions
6. Domestic Animals and the Farms of Tomorrow
Part II: Essays on the Context and Scope of the Farms of Tomorrow—Steven McFadden
1. The Context of Community Farms
2. Belonging to a Community Farm
3. Large-scale Community Farms
4. Community Farm Coalitions (Marcie Ostrom)
Part III: Examples of Community-Supported Farms—Steven McFadden
1. The Temple-Wilton Farm
2. The CSA Garden in Great Barrington
3. Brookfield Farm
4. The Kimberton CSA Garden
5. The Hawthorne Valley Farm
6. Caretaker Farm
7. Roxbury Farm CSA
8. Good Humus Produce
9. Forty Acres and Ewe
10. Variations on a Theme: The Expanding Scope of Community Farms
Part IV: Appendices
A. The Basic CSA Concept: Some Suggestions for Getting Started
B. Gaining Ground: How CSAs Can Acquire, Hold, and Pass on Land
C. Sample Budgets
D. Sample Prospecti
E. Typical CSA Shares
About the Authors
About the Author
Trauger Groh (1932–2016) is remembered around the world for his pioneering work in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). He first learned about CSAs and land trusts while working at Buschberghof in Northern Germany. Then he partnered with Lincoln Geiger and Anthony Graham in 1986 to establish Temple-Wilton Community Farm in Wilton, New Hampshire – one of the oldest continuously operating CSAs in the United States.
Steven McFadden is a journalist who documents a variety of CSAs (Community-Supported Agriculture farms) and historical movements that have impacted the CSA movement. He is the author of more than a dozen nonfiction books, including Profiles in Wisdom and Tales of the Whirling Rainbow.