Our goals are to:
- Provide ways for people to easily share information about sources of local food and other local products
- Encourage getting the necessities of life affordably through more local and more sustainable means
- Help build connections and friendships
- Conduct meetings that are so much fun, you'd come to them even if they weren't as incredibly useful as they actually are
- Encourage and promote farmers and food producers using local and sustainable practices
- Promote healthy, diverse local economies
- Champion farmers markets and CSAs (community supported agriculture organizations)
- Develop and preserve resiliency in our local communities
- Help people transition away from cheap manufactured items, processed food, and products supplied by massive agribusiness
- Cheer on alternative and local energy production, alternative transportation, and conservation
- Fight global climate change: by some accounts, food production accounts for more than half of human impact on climate change, and local, sustainable food has drastically less climate change impact. If you want to make a meaningful contribution to fighting climate change, localsourcing is a great place to start.
Don't worry: you don't have to be interested in every part of that idea to be involved in Localsourcers.
People connect through Localsourcers in two ways: regional groups that meet in person, and this Web site, where we hope to add localsourcing directories, a discussion forum, and other tools in the near future.
As of this writing, the single, flagship Localsourcers group is Champlain Valley Localsourcers, serving the area in and around Burlington, Vermont. Come meet us in person! Or if you live too far away for that and are interested in starting your own local group, contact us.
The term "local" isn't meant to be exact, but one good place to start is "within a hundred mile radius." If you're interested in seeing what that means where you are, try the feature toward the bottom of the page at FreeMapTools.com.