Membership

Tangible benefits of membership include:

  • Our Welcome Kit, with posters, stickers, and more!
  • Regular news and event updates
  • FREE listings in our online member directory — a fun, frequented source for locally owned and independent businesses, artists, nonprofits, and farms
  • Opportunity to profile your business or organization’s commitment to community and environment
  • Member decals, to identify your business as locally owned
  • Use of the Local First Alliance name, logo, and messaging in your business or organization marketing
  • Collective marketing opportunities with television, radio, print, and online outreach for Alliance membership
  • Free or reduced price admission to networking and educational events

Plus, new member benefits and opportunities are added every day! What’s your idea for a better community? We’d love to hear. Contact us today to discuss ideas for new resources or services to make it easier to think local first.

Business and organization members of Local First Alliance enjoy the opportunity to:

  • Leverage the power of collective advertising, education, and outreach.
  • Meet and do business with other Local First members.
  • Identify with community stewardship and a strong regional brand.

Membership Criteria

For businesses, are you…?

  • Interested in and able to buy materials, products and services from other locally owned businesses in the area or broader region?
  • Privately held (not publicly traded)?
  • Registered in the state of New Hampshire or Vermont, with no corporate or national headquarters outside of the respective state?
  • Able to make independent decisions regarding name and appearance, as well as all business purchasing, supply, and distribution practices?
  • At least 50% of ownership lives within Local First Alliance’s 69-town service area?

For nonprofit organizations, are you…?

  • Interested in and able to buy materials, products and services from other locally owned businesses in the area or broader region?
  • Incorporated or fiscally sponsored in the state of New Hampshire or Vermont?
  • Leadership (advisory body, board, staff) has autonomous authority over all operational decisions?
  • At least 50% of leadership (advisory body, board, staff) lives within Local First Alliance’s 69-town service area?
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Calendar

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  • UVLT Land Conservation Celebration & Annual Membership Meeting
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  • Working Woodlands Workshop Urban Forests
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Our program is underwritten by these community partners

Coop Food Store Mascoma Savings Bank

Lake Sunapee Bank Chippers King Arthur Flour

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Staff

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.