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Quote of the Day: The Land Institute

September 28th, 2014

“When people, land, and community are as one, all three members prosper; when they relate not as members but as competing interests, all three are exploited.”

The Land Institute from Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn, 2nd Revised Edition

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One of the easiest ways to build community is to support local businesses and farms. Find a local farmers market, a small food co-op, shop at local businesses, eat at local restaurants and you’ll be amazed at how this brings prosperity to your local community. When the local community prospers all the members prosper and that includes you. Take some time today and think about how you can increase support for the small, local businesses and farms in your area and help bolster your community. It’s vital for us to keep our communities strong because it helps us be more resilient and the responsibility is ours to strengthen them!

3 Comments to “Quote of the Day: The Land Institute”
  1. Jennifer Fisk on September 28, 2014 at 7:46 am

    I love going to the Farmer’s Markets to purchase that which I don’t produce myself. Here on MDI there are 4 on different days of the week. Today, is Eden FM so I’m soon off to shop there.

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  2. Nebraska Dave on September 28, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Susy, living in the urban area of a big city makes it difficult to really support the local growers. I try to support the local businesses as much as I can but since I do a lot of things myself and don’t really eat at restaurants much, the local businesses don’t get a lot of support from me. I really should support the farmer’s market but it’s a bit inconvenient to drive to a very limited parking area of town and fight the crowds just to support the farmer’s market. The crowds are not really for the market but for the high priced trinket shops that surround the farmer’s market. I do support the roadside stands during the summer months but that’s pretty short lived and most are gone now or only have pumpkins and gourds for holiday decorations. I know it’s not very good excuses and I really should try a little harder to support the small growers of the community.

    Have a great support your local community day.

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  3. DebbieB on September 28, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Susy, it was so great when we went to the Farmer’s Market last weekend (ours is on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month) and the farmer that we get our veggies from recognized us and even asked if we’d enjoyed the specific items that we’d gotten the last time. The supermarket certainly doesn’t remember what I’ve purchased from them, nor do they particularly care if I liked it. Our farmer (see what I said there?) has a single family farm, it’s just her and her husband and one helper. I buy more veggies from her than I can cook for the two weeks, and freeze what I don’t use so I can have it in the winter. Last week she had apples and pears for the first time, I was so excited! The apples were small, and not as sweet as the ones in the store – but boy, did they taste fresh and juicy!

    In the grocery store we have a few local choices – we make sure that when we buy rice, it’s from south Louisiana… the honey we buy is from 25 miles away… when our area thrives, so do we.

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