The casual encounters you enjoy at neighborhood–scale businesses and the public spaces around them build relationships and community cohesiveness.
Boosts local economy:
Money spent at locally owned businesses supports local families and stays in the local market, there fore boosting the local economy.
Shape our character and unique identity:Independent businesses help give our community its distinct personality.
Less waste: Because of the shorter distribution chains for local foods, less food is wasted in distribution, warehousing and merchandising.
Creates a healthier environment:
Independent, community-serving businesses are people-sized. They typically consume less land, carry more locally-made products, locate closer to residents and create less traffic and air pollution.
Local foods promote agritourism—farmers’ markets and opportunities to visit farms and local food producers help draw tourists to a region.