There is much to be gained by knowing one’s farmer, knowing where one’s food comes from. It is very rewarding to grow one’s own food in one’s own garden and understand the cycle of growth and food. Supporting local farmers, eating in food in season, learning to cook food from scratch and understanding the range of ingredients and the importance of nutrition is vital for our physical health.
Supporting local businesses keeps more jobs in the community, as well as more money. It is always much more beneficial to support the local mom and pop shop, or local store than the big box store which sends most of its profits out of state.
But living local is larger than where we shop. Living local means also going to local concerts, shows and events and not just watching the downlink, or television special. Supporting local musicians not only ensures that we have access to local music, but it is much more direct and engaging for us to know and see the people playing the music, and even better to join the song, and get out and dance ourselves.
Living local also means supporting the local community, being a part of the church, participating in town meetings, being a part of the local P.T.A. or school board, voting in the local elections.
Living local means getting to know the people who live in the neighboring houses and apartments. It means getting to know the local youth, and the elderly who might need some assistance.
Living locally ultimately means living one’s life where one lives, not in the virtual world, or vicariously through the media, or through national and international issues, but in the world outside one’s window.
Living locally leads us even to ourselves, our own bodies and minds – to go for a walk and get exercise and to take the initiative to keep learning.