My purchasing power isn't as large as the average Cowichan Valley person, so I have to be discriminating in where I spend, yet I am committed to 'buying local' whenever I can. I do my banking at a local credit union.
I get my eggs from a local hobby farm. Most of my groceries come from a couple of local smaller grocery stores here in Chemainus. Of course the products I buy there are not all made locally. I get local meat. Grow a lot of my own produce. Support a few local bakeries. I even use a deodorant that is locally made. Imagine what it would do for our local economy if all 80,000 valley residents regularly bought 10 things locally.
Today is the 24 hour 'eat local challenge' and the AGM of the Cowichan Valley Green Community. CGC is one of the local non-profits that I support as a monthly donor. Local food is going to become more and more important as our supply sources for cheap produce 'dry up' - sorry for the bad pun.
I don't think I'm going to be able to eat completely local food today, but I am sure aware of that goal and will continue to do my best to keep the dollars circulating here at home, passing them from person to person. (maybe that is a form of 'network' marketing we can all buy into?)
If you have time and are so inclined, join CGC tonight at 4:30 for a local food potluck
organized around their AGM. (at the Christian Reformed church in Duncan)
Ann and Gord Baird will be the guest speakers at the CGC AGM and Eat Local Challenge Potluck. Their presentation is:
Eco-Sense: Moving towards an Adaptive, Regenerative, and Resilient Life.
They will deliver a fun, fast paced slide show sharing their journey building the Eco-Sense home and creating abundant permaculture garden, weaving in stories of their lifestyle, philosophy, and personal motivations that have inspired their move towards a more reasonable life.
Ann and Gord Baird are fellow municipal councillors who walk the talk of more sustainable living in their Eco-Sense home. Features of their home include solar PV with grid tie, solar thermal hot water, energy and water conservation, composting toilets, rainwater harvesting, grey-water re-use, living roof, earthen floors, natural finishes, and permaculture gardens all integrated into their exceptionally beautiful and affordable example of earthen architecture. Their journey has received international attention and recognition and has found them influencing policy within the building code, Ministry of Health and BC hydro. They also teach courses from grey water to earthen architectural science, and give tours ranging from school groups to bankers. Mother Nature has been their architect for designing their home, gardens, and life. Less Life Stuff, More Life Style!
Hope to see you all there....