Identify and build relationships with local farmers. Begin communicating with them your food preferences, remember they are beginning to plan now for spring gardens and markets. Your opinion is their livelihood. Embrace those seasonal foods that grow well in your area. You can find farmers in your areas using these links:
Frequent farmer’s markets in order to learn the diversity of products that are created in your community. Awareness of the local resources available to meet your needs helps promote a vibrant, sustainable economy.
Reduce box and chain store shopping. There may not be a suitable local substitution to all the items we require. However, choosing to spend the majority of our money locally will, by default, reduce our dependence on box stores and chains.
Seek out like-minded people. Whether it be in your neighborhood, through your place of worship, or at your children’s sporting events, start sharing with people the lifestyle changes that you are experiencing and bring them along side of you. For example, the next time I go out to visit “Tonopah Rob” I’m taking someone with me.
Join a local bartering group or start one of your own. Bartering is the money of the future.
Offer your expertise, lend a helping hand, and volunteer with local charities. Historically, my focus has been on helping others in 3rd world countries, you know, those people who really need my help. But what I have neglected are those people who really need help here in my own town. My town, my state, my country, and my world.
Now it’s your turn! Are you sensing a societal shift? Why is this movement toward localism and sustainability so important?