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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Member Spotlight- Jake's Market & Deli and Jake's Coffee Company
As you travel around the Upper Valley it is likely that you have filled your b [...]
The holidays are a time of joy and giving, but for our Local First Alliance members being charitable is a year-round endeavor. Local businesses o [...]
Local First Alliance was thrilled to hold its 3rd Annual Upper Valley High School Communications Competition with the Hartford Area Career and Technol [...]
Local businesses are the lifeblood of our Upper Valley economy. It's not just that 45 cents on the dollar stays local when spent locally (compared to [...]
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
Co-op Food Stores
Mascoma Savings Bank
Great Eastern Radio
King Arthur Flour
Lake Sunapee Bank
LaValley Building Supply
A.B. Gile Inc.
Erika Gavin Designs
Fat Hat Clothing
Jake’s Market & Deli / Jake’s Coffee Co.
John Ring CPA
Ledyard National Bank
Lyme Green Heat
Systems Plus Computers
The Skinny Pancake
Village Green Publishing
95.3 & 107.1 The Wolf
Vital Communites News
Valley Food & Farm and Local First Coordinator
Local First, Food & Farm
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.