Local Food Link

Local Food Link

This knot is a symbol for the future. It has traditionally met “friendship,” but it is also represents the integration of a variety of aspects in order to make our world sustainable. Our world is in trouble, and we need to fix it. Seems like an obvious statement, but sometimes you just need to say something flat out. It’s not up to politicians, or environmentalists, or engineers. We each played a part in allowing this mess up to happen, and now it’s up to all of us to do what we can to make it better. Some might feel that they have nothing to offer, but you do. If you have a brain, a back, a heart, an idea, you have a part to play.
Through the decades people have become accustomed to dealing with specialists, and along the way many have lost the basic information necessary to make informed decisions. This has led to fraud, corruption, and appeasement, rather than progress. If we are going to make progress toward a healthier economy, society, and planet, we need to take responsibility for learning those basic tenants and understanding the impact that we have on those around us.
At North Country Sustainability Center, we are asking everyone, (and I do mean everyone,) to send $1.00 to us, for every content area that matters to you. Here they are:
Red: Local Food
Green: Local Farms
Light Blue: Arts
Party Color: Autism
Argyle: Veterans
Green/Yellow: Dog Training
Purple: 4H
Maroon: Citizenry
Black: Skills
Gold: Community
Midnight Blue: Planet

These interests all work together in our sustainability plan, and hopefully will help others develop other integrated approaches. But this seems to a new approach. Repeatedly we have sought help through conventional avenues and are told “pare it down,” “be more specific in your geography.” Given our region’s demographics, one which is primarily rural with several small cities interspersed, being specific to a city/town makes us more dependent on long term grant support. Our plan works, every way we look at it, if people get involved in launching it, and using it. User fees support teachers. Teacher/rentals support programs and building, Program fees support everything. By integrating so many overlapping user groups, we keep things affordable in a region that hasn’t really seen much financial support or governmental interest for many decades.
What do you get for supporting NCSC if you don’t live in our area? First, a sense of pride in knowing that you are moving a community in the right direction. Secondly, our support through newsletters, websites and eventually publications that will help you build on our progress, so you can improve upon our plan. Lastly, the knowledge that there is SOMEONE looking at the world’s problems in a different way. We’re not just looking, we’re doing, and we’d like to do more. Please help us, and help the world.
You can get your “Local Link” in the colors that match your areas of interest, by visiting http://www.northcountrysustain.org/LocalLinks.html. Send your money to NCSC, PO Box 914, Ashburnham, MA 01430, or use PayPal to electronically send them to Hearth@northcountrysustain.org. For more information on NCSC or the Local Links program, please email Pat@northcountrysustain.org Together we can forge a tight Sustainability Knot to serve as a lift to other communities and address other problems. Thank you.

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