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High Country Local First is a non-profit organization that seeks to strengthen our community and local economy by supporting locally owned, independent businesses and farmers through education, promotion and networking. High Country Local First envisions a community where local businesses are prosperous, where citizens make informed decisions on how and where they purchase goods and services, and a community that as a whole becomes more self-reliant by utilizing the strength of its own assets.

When purchases are made locally, rather than from national chains, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers and farms – continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community. Also, significantly more tax dollars are kept in the High Country, helping to support schools, civic services and community improvements. When you purchase local, the health, wealth and vitality of the community are improved. Think Local First!

Food and Farming Program

The Food and Farming Program is dedicated to supporting and building a sustainable local food system in the High Country. This website is an effort to bring together the various sectors involved in the local food movement here in the High Country. Through our website, we will be able to provide the community with information on where to buy local food, why this is so important, what events and workshops to attend, and opportunities for individuals, organizations and businesses to network through our “communities” page. We have a plethora of farmers, organizations, restaurant owners, grocers and consumers who care about growing food locally and sustainably. We now need to get ourselves organized and networked to grow this vital sector of economy and create the health, wealth, capacity and connections of a resilient community.

A Special Thanks to our Founding Sponsors and Sustaining Members

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