Here’s a great story that epitomizes the staggering economic realities facing communities across the country that have been ravaged by outside interests and, left reeling from the fall-out, are struggling to create local economies that are self-sufficient and which offer greater promise of long-term viability.
This article, sent to us by Ed Brown, who’s dedicated to helping greater Gainesville become green and sustainable, is about the High Country of North Carolina. I’ve visited that area, anchored by the small arts community of Boone, and observed the influx of commercial real estate spawned by the tourism industry, anxious to capitalize on the scenic vistas, skiing opportunities, and vibrant arts community. I’ve written about how the region was saved during the depression by the weaving skills of the women, who were able to sell their wares to passersby, who carried them to larger cities, creating a market for their homespun rugs, blankets and other creations. Today’s economic woes are an ironic twist on the same old story, but the solution is the same: when people get together and work to support their own communities, success follows.
This story is about everyone’s favorite topic: local foods supporting the local economy. Enjoy!