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Birth of the CSA Movement in the United States

By Jen Risley (February 28, 2016)

By Steven McFadden, Posted at Rodale Institute

1456339425_5f2c258a7abbI learned that while community farm initiatives got under way in both Japan and Chile in the early 1970s, those efforts did not directly influence the 1986 start of the CSA movement in the states. The U.S. impulse came from Europe, and specifically from the biodynamic agricultural tradition…The ideas crossed the Atlantic and came to life in a new form, CSA, simultaneously but independently in 1986 at both Indian Line Farm in Massachusetts and Temple-Wilton Community Farm in New Hampshire.

Read more at The History of Community Supported Agriculture

Temple Wilton CSA
Lincoln Geiger (left) and Anthony Graham, two cofounders of the Temple-Wilton Community Farm in southern New Hampshire, visit a couple of the beasts of burden that helped provide early bread and butter (especially butter) for the burgeoning CSA. Photo credit: Steven McFadden
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