Jan Vander Tuin

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Jan Vander Tuin is a founder of the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) movement.[1][2][3][4] He is also a cycling activist and bicycle designer, and in 1992 started the Center for Appropriate Transport in Eugene, Oregon.[5]

Vander Tuin learned about co-operative biodynamic farming in Switzerland,[6][7] and is credited with bringing his Swiss experience to the revival of local agriculture in the US.[8] Vander Tuin settled in Eugene, Oregon in 1990. He started building workbikes under the name Human Powered Machines. Under the umbrella of the Center for Appropriate Transport, he nurtured a bicycle repair school,[9] the Network Charter School,[10][11] and the first car-sharing co-op in the US.[12][13][14][15]


  1. History of Community Supported Agriculture: Rodale Institute
  2. Just Food: The History of the CSA
  3. VanderTuin, Jan. (1992). "Zürich Supported Agriculture", RAIN magazine 14(2), Winter/Spring.
  4. "Community Supported Agriculture," RAIN magazine Winter/Spring 1992.
  5. "CAT", Rain Magazine
  6. Leo McMahon (November 14, 2013). "Transition Town Kinsale leads the way in community-supported projects with local farmers". The Southern Star. Retrieved 19 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Raheli S. Millman (August 8, 2004). "ENVIRONMENT; Food Shoppers? Call Them Shareholders". The New York Times. Retrieved August 19, 2015. The practice was brought to New England in 1984 by Jan Vander Tuin, a Swiss farmer, according to several Web sites maintained by the movement.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Steven McFadden. "Part I: Community Farms in the 21st Century: Poised for Another Wave of Growth?". The Rodale Institute. Retrieved 19 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Eugene Bicycle Works: University of Oregon
  10. Network Charter School proposal
  11. The Network Charter School: Eugene Register-Guard, 2004
  12. Eugene Car Co-op: Getty Images
  13. The CarSharer's Companion: Portland State University
  14. Paul Ollswang: Eugene Car Co-op
  15. Hertz and Avis get a new Competitor: Fortune magazine, November 14, 1994