Local First Alliance engages businesses, organizations, and citizens to strengthen our local economy.

Recognizing that regional prosperity grows from communities actively building economies that strengthen and sustain the places we love — we work to promote, encourage, and support our local businesses.

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15 Things
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Think Local First

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1. Move your banking to a community bank or credit union, and invest your money in tangible assets like land, or with organizations like the Cooperative Fund of New England that invest in community control.

2. Rent out a room in your home, or swap space for gardening, child or elder care, or carpentry

Advisory Council

Nichole Romano, Great Eastern Radio

Ken Wells, Mascoma Savings Bank

Bill BlaiklockLake Sunapee Bank

Dean Cashman, Chair, Lake Sunapee Bank

Nancy LaRowe, Manager, Vital Communities

Allan Reetz, Co-op Food Stores

Mundy Wilson Piper, Chippers Inc.

Jake Blum, Systems Plus Computers, Inc.

Sponsor

Champions
Co-op Food Stores
Mascoma Savings Bank

Green Circle
Chippers, Inc.
Great Eastern Radio
King Arthur Flour
Lake Sunapee Bank
LaValley Building Supply
Vital Communities

Sustaining
A.B. Gile Inc.
Erika Gavin Designs

Farm-Way Inc
Jake’s Market & Deli / Jake’s Coffee Co.

John Ring CPA
Ledyard National Bank

Lyme Green Heat
Nomad Communications
Systems Plus Computers

The Skinny Pancake
Village Green Publishing

95.3 & 107.1 The Wolf

Our program is underwritten by these community partners

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Lake Sunapee Bank   Chippers King Arthur Flour

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Vital Communites News

 

Nancy LaRowe

Valley Food & Farm and Local First Coordinator

Local First, Food & Farm

 802.291.9100 x 106

Local First, Food & Farm

— Nancy LaRowe, Valley Food & Farm and Local First Coordinator

Nancy joined Vital Communities as the Valley Food & Farm Coordinator in 2014. She works to support and grow our local food system and economy. Nancy has lived, worked, and farmed in the Upper Valley for more than 25 years and believes our community is healthier and stronger when our connections to food and the farms that produce it stay vital.

Nancy's informal job title is Farmer-in-Residence: she also runs Hogwash Farm, a pasture-based livestock farm in Norwich, Vt., that focuses on heritage breed animals. Nancy is on the Board of the Norwich Farmers' Market, and a retired Norwich volunteer firefighter and EMT. She loves puttering in the garden, hiking with her dog, and, of course, bacon.