We are a collective group of like-minded people who believe in supporting local, fertile farms and vineyards along with our many locally owned restaurants and stores. Local is more than just where you live or how long you’ve lived in an area. It is also about how you support your community. Small local farmers and businesses give life to our communities and now they are in danger of being swallowed up by the big corporate box stores and industrialized farming if we do not support them.
Their loss reduces our quality and way of life and access to locally grown, Gmo free, organic foods. Together we CAN make a difference. Each local purchase keeps important funds in our community and rejuvenates our local farmers and independent owners quality and way of life. Together we are the change we want to see.
Locals in the Okanagan can also come together to share and learn new ideas from their neighbors. The more we reach out to each other, the better chance we have of healing our wounds caused by the labels that divide us. Arising nationality, race, color,gender, age, education, religion or politics create barriers that hinder progress. Many communities are divided and fighting amongst themselves! We can join together to stop big corporations from infiltrating our communities. We are losing our small ethical farmers and Mom and Pop shops to corporate box stores. It will erode our freedom to be independent as well as our ability to be sustainable within our community should a global economic crisis strike.
Our goal is to form a network that connects people in our local communities. We at Locals would also like to form a network that spreads across our province and our country.
WHY & HOW?
We do this to help people remember what “local” really is so we can grow together in a positive way and benefit the community as a whole We do this through our website, annual calendars, video’s to help keep people informed and up to date on events and activities in our community
Is affordable presence and connectivity – we provide it with the emphasis on LOCAL. Our passion is community networking. We want to make your operation a household name in our community
Locals Supporting Locals hopes that you join the growing movement of those re-discovering what local businesses have to offer and discovering the difference that local produce brings to your family’s well-being.
WHY SUPPORTING LOCAL IS IMPORTANT !
1. Local Character and Prosperity: Our world has rapidly shifted to a “global economy” and in the wake of this shift far too many local businesses, and farmers, have taken a massive loss. Communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character have strong economic advantages.
2. Community Well-Being: Local businesses build strong communities by sustaining town centers, linking neighbors in a web of economic social relationships, and contributing to local schools and causes.
3. Keeping Money in the Local Economy: Compared to chain stores, locally-owned businesses recycle a much larger share of their revenue back into the local economy and this enriches the entire community.
4. Supporting local farmers means you are getting the best nutritional value on your plate. Purchasing imported fruits and vegetables may have some nutritional value but most is lost to due processing. Local produce is always your guarantee to getting the most nutrition.
5. Job and Wages: Locally-owned businesses create more jobs locally and in some sectors, provide better wages and benefits than chain stores.
6. Entrepreneurship: Entrepreneurship fuels Canadian economic innovation and prosperity.
7. Environmental Sustainability: Local stores help sustain vibrant, compact, and pleasant town centres which promotes less automobile use, less habitat loss and helps to reduce sprawl.
8. Competition: A marketplace with thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term.
9. Local businesses support other local markets, local artisans, and local craftsman therefore your purchases are not contributing to child slave labour, poor and unsafe working conditions, as well as a plethora of other international human rights violations.
10. Local Decision-Making: Local ownership ensures that important decisions are made by local people who live in the community.
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