Local isn’t just a place on a map. It’s people: your neighbors and their families, their businesses, farms, nonprofits, events, and recreational venues. Local is a community and all of the opportunities we create together and challenges we work to overcome. Local First has a passion for people living and working together in a sustainable community.
That’s Local First’s mission. We lead the development of an economy grounded in local ownership that meets the basic needs of people, builds local wealth and social capital, functions in harmony with our ecosystem, and encourages a joyful community.
It takes a village to create a brand new website. And we couldn’t have done it without the generous financial support of these donors.
In lieu of hosting a Fork Fest event this year, we are focusing our energy on highlighting ideas, resources, and partners that help build a stronger food system. We believe that nourishing our community means providing the ingredients necessary for growth, health, and equity within the food economy so that the environment, businesses, and local communities thrive.
Whether you’re a seasoned localist or new to supporting West Michigan businesses, here are a few ideas to shift your spending NOW!