A new study shows that for every $1 spent at a locally-owned business, 67¢ stays in the local community. In the age of online shopping and big box stories, Buying Local has become a powerful rallying cry to strengthen local communities and sustain vibrant downtowns. We talk with two experts on the power of Buying Local, and hear about a Buy Local coupon book that saves shoppers $3,000 on local purchases in Vermont. (December 19, 2018 broadcast)
Melissa Kosmaczewski, program manager, Local First Vermont, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility
Vermont’s local food movement is a national leader. There are ambitious goals: the Vermont Farm to Plate plan calls for 10% local food consumption by 2020, while the New England Food Vision aims for 50% of all food consumed in New England to be from local sources by 2050. But we have a long way to go: Currently just 7% of Vermont’s food is sourced locally. We discuss the history and future of the local food movement, and a new documentary series on Vermont PBS, The Local Motive.(December 6, 2017 broadcast)
Buying local is a powerful economic driver: for every $1 spent at a local business, 45 cents is reinvested locally. For every $1 spent at a corporate chain, only 15 cents is reinvested locally. Local First Vermont has been spreading the gospel of localism with its annual coupon book, which has over $3,000 in savings. This year, Vermont localvores can turn to a new mobile app to find deals at their favorite business. We talk about the impact of the Buy Local movement in Vt, and where to find local bargains, and the mobile app.
Wendy Wilson, manager, Local First Vermont
James JT Thompson, CEO, Daft Labs
Chris Morrow, owner, Northshire Books, Manchester, VT
Rob Williams, talks about the new book he edited, “Most Likely to Secede.” We also speak with Lynne Goodson, from VBSR’s Local First Vermont program, about their annual Buy Local coupon book and localfirstvermont.org