Five Ways Every County Can Help Bay Area Farms and Ranches – Greenbelt Alliance

Here’s a very interesting new Greenbelt Alliance report that highlights ways local governments can help promote, invest in and maintain local agriculture. The ‘Homegrown’ report and text below were written by the Greenbelt Alliance: Five Ways Every County Can Help Bay Area Farms and Ranches The Bay Area has lost 217,000 acres of farms and ranches over…

Shop Local this Holiday Season & Pick Up a Copy of the Sonoma County Gazette’s 13th Small Shops of Sonoma County Gift Guide

This is the 13th annual edition of Vesta Copestakes’ local holiday gift guide – itself an remarkable gift to the community. Says Vesta: 13 years ago I started publishing the Small Shops guide because I was inspired to promote small businesses run by people who responded positively to me when I handed the Gazette to…

Localization: for people and the Earth

The movement for localization is growing rapidly, worldwide.

These international voices from the 2014 Economics of Happiness conference in Bangalore, India, succinctly tell us why globalization is so damaging, why localization is the most strategic antidote, and what we can do to help make the shift from global to local.

From Local Futures/The International Society for Ecology and Culture.

Though over a year old as of this posting, this remains a worthy introduction to the localization movement from a broad array of advocates. – Ed.


Food is Community – Univ. of Iowa Study Finds Locavores Proliferating & Dedicated to the Larger Good

From Sarah Diederich, Iowa Now & the University of Iowa:  UI study finds local food movement rooted in relationships and values A new UI study finds more Americans than ever before are shopping farmers markets and joining food coops because they enjoy knowing who grows their food. These so-called “locavores” are driven to eat locally…