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Aspirations for the CSA movement

publication date: May 1, 2015
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Aspirational language.  These two words were recently invoked at the Wisconsin Farmers Union (WFU) Annual Conference amidst debate over the definition of a family farm.  It was a lively and important debate that too quickly found itself lost in the land of individual and situational circumstance.  In the heat of the discussion, Sarah Lloyd, a WFU member and Special Project Coordinator for the organization, came before the microphone and the membership and, brilliantly I thought, suggested that the wording of the definition was not meant to determine who’s in and who’s out, but rather represented “aspirational language.”  We may not all fit the definition all of the time; that is not the point, Lloyd reminded us. The point, she argued, was that the definition of a family farm, as written in WFU’s preamble, is aspirational.  We, as an organization of family farmers, aspire and work to create a world that makes it possible for the family farm to exist and even to thrive. 


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