Local First Members

Support your friends, neighbors, and community
when you think local first!

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Crafts, Supplies & Services

Building Supplies & Contractors

Business & Professional Services

Clothing & Jewelry

Energy & Household Services

Entertainment & Arts

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Media, Communications & Web

Nonprofit Organizations & Community Partners

Pet Supplies & Services

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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.

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Membership Criteria

Local First Alliance business membership shall be open to businesses and organizations in the 69-town service area of Vital Communities that meet the following criteria:

For Businesses:

  • Registered in the state of New Hampshire or Vermont, with no corporate or national headquarters outside the respective state
  • All marketing, rent, and other business expenses paid without the assistance from, or payment to a corporate headquarters
  • Able to make independent decisions regarding name and appearance, as well as all purchasing, supply and distribution practices
  • The owner is (or majority of owners) a local resident who lives within Vermont and New Hampshire for more than half the year?
  • If the business has multiple outlets/branches, the majority shall be located in New Hampshire and Vermont
  • Locally owned franchises are eligible if franchisee has exercised independent decisions regarding name and appearance of business.

For Nonprofit Organizations:

  • 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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Nancy LaRowe

Food & Farm and Local First Coordinator

Local First, Food & Farm

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Local First, Food & Farm

— Nancy LaRowe, Food & Farm and Local First Coordinator

Nancy joined Vital Communities as the 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 a pasture-based cattle farm in Norwich. 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 visiting farmers' markets.