Sunday, April 22, 2012
Here's Nick, your Rely Local man working hard for YOUR LOCAL BUSINESSES. Support Rely Local and the greater Racine area local businesses.......
Monday, April 16, 2012
Walmart and Ghost Towns
By Josh Wolff
A major issue the company, Walmart, causes, is the creation of ghost towns. What Walmart will do, is spread their business to a small town where there are only small businesses run by the people who live there. They will lower their prices, extremely low, to the point of where the small businesses ran there can't compete! As we know, Walmart is a super-store that includes, fast food, gas stations, groceries, electronics, knick-knacks, office supplies, gardening supplies, plants, building supplies, sports supplies, and much more. Walmart basically puts all needs into one store, with cheap prices. This may be good, but because of their low prices, these small businesses go out of business. A good sum of the civilians that live their, own the businesses that are ran out by Walmart, and move to another small or large town, in search of a new place to put their business or just find a job. Another good sum of the residents are family, and when a part of the family moves, so does the entire family. Now, potentially, about one third of the past population will still be residing their. Then, their aren't enough people to keep Walmart in business in the small town, so Walmart moves. The people left their, will abandon their homes like the rest and go to search for a job, in a different location. With no people living their, and only small buildings there left to crumple under themselves, the once thriving town, becomes a ghost town......
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Food & Farming Program
The Food & Farming program supports new farmers, connects eaters and food buyers to local farms and fishers and is a resource for building a sustainable local food economy.
- Eat Local First Campaign - Connecting farmers with more local market support and eaters with more local food.
- The Whatcom Food & Farm Finder - Comprehensive map & guide of local farms and food businesses. Click to view online. Click for the Google map.
- Eat Local Month - Every September, a flavorful and festive celebration of local food; read the City/County joint Eat Local Month proclamation!
- Whatcom County Farm Tour - Always the 2nd Saturday in September, it's a fantastic, free and family friendly self-guided farm tour
- Food & Farming E-News - Our "all things local food" monthly e-newsletter. Sign up by clicking the box in the right-hand tool bar below
Creating strong business to business trade relationships
- Farm to Table Trade Meetings, chef/ buyer farm tours, farm walks and business enhancing workshops
- Workplace CSAs: We set businesses up with the resources they need to connect with farmers for weekly deliveries to their workplace
- Resource library, other Resources for Local Producers, and the Whatcom Farmers' list-serv all offer opportunities to share information and learn from others.
Growing a sustainable, resilient food system
- Food to Bank On - A three-year farmer incubation project that connects beginning sustainable farmers with business training, markets and mentorship, while providing farm-fresh product to food banks and shelters.
- Collaboration and coordination - We work with the greater farming and food community and also facilitate meetings and host group efforts. Click to see a list of our core collaborators!
- Whatcom Food Network - Many organizations are working toward improving the food system in Whatcom County, from farm to fork, to food disposal by building partnerships to create a more just and coordinated food system! We co-chair the planning committee.
- Extensive communications, marketing and media about local farms, local food business and related food system issues or trends keep everyone in the local food loop!
Good Food IS Good Business!