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Why Local First?

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.

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Why Local First?


Virtual Fork Fest

We might not be hosting our annual Fork Fest events in person this year, but you can still celebrate the local food system! West Michigan is home to an abundance of farms, food businesses, and advocates. Check back in October to get a full rundown.

Thank you donors!

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.

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Thank you to our Localist Partners:

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