YouTube Playlist: Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food

One of our previous posts covered the debut of a new USDA campaign known as Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food.

Said campaign seeks to break down structural barriers that have inhibited local food systems from thriving. It seeks to connect local production and consumption and promote local-scale sustainable operations.

Below is a YouTube playlist of videos affiliated with the campaign. The videos cover a wide variety of perspectives on the issue. Some of the titles include:

Video: Role of local busnesses in our community

I was recently interviewed by the guys at about local businesses and the MHBA. Here's a portion of the interview where we're talking about the role of local businesses in our community. Enjoy!

Multinational Companies Increasing Localwashing

This article published yesterday in the New York Times points to the increasing number of multinational companies who are manipulating consumer concern for their own profit.

WSJ: Remembering the Dawn of the Age of Abundance

We really like this article written by Peggy Noonan and published February 20 by the Wall Street Journal. (read the article on their site) Mostly for the statement she makes at the end (and which we bolded for emphasis:)

WSJ Article: Local Economies Seek Own Revival

MARCH 11, 2009
Text of article published today in the Wall Street Journal. Link is here: 
Local Economies Seek Own Revival


CARROLLTON, Texas -- Cities, counties and states across the nation are launching home-grown economic-stimulus plans aimed at spurring local spending and keeping small businesses afloat during the recession.

Business Week Article on Local First Campaigns

The following article was published February 27, 2009 in Business Week and is written by John Tozzi. It covers the efforts of communities all over who are working to build more stable local economies. They unfortunately missed the Colorado Local First campaign in their slideshow, but we still like the article, nontheless.

Video: Local Food in Northern Colorado

Check out this film about the growing local food scene in Northern Colorado. It was produced by another Colorado BALLE network, Be Local Northern Colorado with the Northern Colorado Food Incubator.

Queen Anne Urban B&B Article

One of our newest members, Queen Anne Urban Bed & Breakfast, was featured today in the Denver Post for their commitment to greener business practices. You can view the article on their site, but we're also just pasting it here directly, because it's oh-so-pretty. (although, we had to remove the images & formatting because it was causing problems with our own site's format)

Also, props to the Post for choosing a great locally owned business for an extensive article.

An eco of the past

Green B&B | History and sustainability are in harmony as Milan Doshi renovates the Queen Anne.

By Susan Clotfelter
The Denver Post

Locavesting one of NYTime's Top Ideas for 2008

The idea of investing in our local communities, including putting cash into local businesses, is really spreading. The New York Times Year In Ideas issue includes what they call "Locavesting," or focusing capital investments on locally owned companies via local exchanges. Here's the full text of the article from Amy Cortese as found on their web site:

Westword Mentions Buy Local Week

Last week's Westword included an article by Susan Froyd about Buy Local Week and the Colorado Local First campaign. Check it out; the article is on page 22.


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