The Biodynamics Now! Podcast Episode 4: Steven McFadden, CSA Movement Historian and Author of "Call of the Land"

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We talk about the Future of CSAs in the United States.

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Steven McFadden’s webpage is http://chiron-communications.com

Steven McFadden is the author of twelve non-fiction books, including: Legend of the Rainbow Warriors; Profiles in Wisdom; The Little Book of Native American Wisdom; Teach Us To Number Our Days; Farms of Tomorrow; and Farms of Tomorrow Revisited; Tales of the Whirling Rainbow: Authentic Myths & Mysteries for 2012.

Chiron Communications is essentially a conceptual umbrella to unify his diverse work as a writer, speaker, counselor, healer, and also a partner in Good Medicine Consulting.

Steven is also the author of an epic, nonfiction saga of North America: Odyssey of the 8th Fire.

As of 2012 his most active blog is The Call of the Land: An Agrarian Primer for the 21st Century, to support the book of the same title, now in a greatly expanded second edition.

Steven founded Chiron Communications in the 1980s, but rested the enterprise in the 1990s to serve as National Coordinator for the annual Earth Day Celebration (1993) and later as director of The Wisdom Conservancy at Merriam Hill Education Center in Greenville, New Hampshire.

A Reiki Master of long standing, Steven has taught the Reiki healing techniques to hundreds of students across North and Central America. It was my privilege to help John Harvey Gray and Lourdes Gray, Ph.D. write Hand to Hand: The Longest Practicing Reiki Master Tells His Story.

Steven maintains an active interest in farming and gardening in general, and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in particular; he’s reported on the growth and development of CSA in America since its inception in 1986.

3 Replies to “The Biodynamics Now! Podcast Episode 4: Steven McFadden, CSA Movement Historian and Author of "Call of the Land"”

  1. I also noticed over the years the watering down of the intent of the CSA movement but also saw that from the beginning here with larger farms using chicken manure being supported and smaller farms ignored. Many farms I know are certified and can sell on that market but they use toxic chicken manure ,don’t plant cover crops and do not make their own compost. It is all a matter of conveinience. Locally, we now have chemical farms jumping on the CSA bandwagon . This is why my focus now is in educating people to grow their own food both here at my garden and in their own gardens( if they have them).
    Local Harvest is more of a marketing tool than a leader in educating people. Some people have copied what I do there but are not doing what I do. There was one listing that were selling huge hybrid pepper seeds… yet claiming that they grew the seed???
    I noticed Allen’s comment on stores buying from Non- certified farms was not really addressed .There IS the assumption that if you are not certified you ARE using chemicals or hiding something . In reality, I do not like what they allow in the standards nor the hoops you have to jump through. It is hard enough to do the growing without help. I think the occupy movement needs to occupy small farms and help out! . I do not believe in certification … or rather I think the farmer should BE the certifier. What happens is, again, the smallest grower/farmer gets excluded from the market due to the REGULATOR who really knows nothing about the farm. The economics simply does not work for me. I prefer to teach people directly what good food is and how to create it and help them directly connect.
    I tell people that they should stay out of stores and learn to grow their own .
    I agree with Steven about the emerging 60’s feeling of our times even though I am not an astrologer, I can feel it.
    In 1997 Traugher Graugh sat in the Audience when I was one of three presenters on Women in Agriculture at the Northeast CSA conference . I got a postcard from Robin Van En years ago that I had on my frig for years . She said “It is amazing how many supposedly educated people just don’t “Get it” .”
    On a tour of the US in 1990, we stopped at a health food coop in Iowa that I thought did a great job of marketing local . They had a commercial section of the store where people could buy conventional produce . They had a separate section for organic produce which was further separated into a section for local growers who were certified OR not, but had their own profile above the food, including photos of them and their farm with their growing practices and contact info.. I thought this was a good way to go and did not exclude those whose produce might be of the very best quality though not nessesarily certified.
    Thanks for the interview. It was great . :)Sharon

      1. Thx for your post, I really enjoy your blog. Long time luekrr, first time commenter, you know the drill. I tried to share this one time before, I don’t think it posted correctly…hopefully it will this time!

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