How can you help

The state of our current economy is a product of decades of policy and only now are we beginning to realize the environmental, ecological and environmental cost. Many feel that the issues facing our communities are insurmountable while others point to figures, groups, or parties they believe bear the burden. But change will take place when our concerns go beyond mere posturing and are reflected in our actions. In order to hasten the development of local food systems and rebuild communities small goals must first be accomplished. The foundation of change, from the standpoint of Bill McKibben is “simple changes in your economic life produces enormous changes in your social life.” In other words, simple changes will not only change our economic life, but expand our sense of community.

The best method for facilitating immediate change is using the resources available. A local market, a garden, or CSA cooperative (community supported agriculture) are simple and effective solutions. These changes don’t require everyone to purchase ten acres, erect a barn, raise livestock, or produce truckloads of produce. These simple changes offer achievable goals that we can accomplish as individuals or as communities.

For those who are passionate about benefits associated with local food systems the realm of governance and policy awaits input. As daunting as it may seem, there are advocates at the local, state, and federal level who support changes in policy in order to promote local agriculture and strong local economies. Though it may sound cliche, contacting legislators and voting provide a direct route to affecting change.

Next, as advocates of change, it is important to nurture a perspective that is not predicated on nostalgia. There has been substantial changes in technology and our culture in the past 100, 50, and 25 years. Discounting or discrediting all of these advances only inhibits the development of a sustainable framework for the future.

Finally, those inclined are welcome to contact this organization if you’re interested in contributing. Our members are diverse and we welcome the opportunity to learn more about your interests, passions, and desire for change.