Agriculture and Human Values

, Volume 16, Issue 1, pp 3–9

Close encounters with a CSA: The reflections of a bruised and somewhat wiser anthropologist

  • Laura B. DeLind

DOI: 10.1023/A:1007575521309

Cite this article as:
DeLind, L.B. Agriculture and Human Values (1999) 16: 3. doi:10.1023/A:1007575521309


This essay tells a story. It is a story of the author's experience with community supported agriculture (CSA). It is also a story that depicts the difficulties of academic activism and grass-roots engagement. As an academic and an activist, the author argues that it is important to admit and share experiences that are “less than perfect,” since they are the basis for a more complete knowledge and a more organic existence, individually, collectively, sensually, and intellectually.

Academic activism Community supported agriculture (CSA) Experiential learning Grass-roots participation 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Laura B. DeLind
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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