Sunday, September 7, 2008

Speak Up!

Everyone is now signed up with the exception of Jerry Ralston and I will check with him to see to make sure he got the invitation. I posted this link a long time ago in my Red, Blue & Green Blog associated with the EPB. I wish everyone in Glasgow could see that video from the PBS show Now. It would certainly make it much easier for us to get our message across.

How about weighing in with some ideas for a name for our initiative. What about the proposed date for the next meeting?


Rhonda Trautman said...

This is a great website to poke around in

It has a lot of the issue we are discussing. I particularly like the "3 steps to sustainability" link under the introduction tab.

Possible names for our group should consider our direction and ultimate goals...Not too broad but also not too specific...

Sustainable Community Development Project (SCDP)

Local Agriculural Community Initiative (LACI)

Local Economy and Agriculture Project (LEAP)

Local Sustainable Economy Initative

Glasgow Sustainable Food Economy Initative (GSFEI)

Glasgow/Barren Sustainable Agricultural Project (GBSAP)

Or some combination of this wording. Any ideas? I'm probably missing some key "buzz" words.

Also as a mission/organizational statement: To create, promote and expand local food markets that will preserve our agricultural heritage, increase access to fresh/local food products and keep our farmers farming. Our mission is to collaboratively expand regional community-based food systems that are locally owned and controlled and to educate the public regarding access to the local food systems.

Finally, I really like this website as a possible model for what we are working towards It shows local markets, calendar of events, highlights when local produce is in season, etc. I think the format is very good.

Billy Ray said...

I think we are on the same track on a name. Seems to me that some combination of the words: Barrens, Sustainable, Economy, Food, Local, Area, Glasgow are all likely members of the name. Do you think we need to find one that produces a catchy acronym?

The mission statement is interesting as well. Do we want to limit it to just food issues? I really want the flexibility to move on to other more comprehensive localism issues. The site is really nice and has a lot of ideas we could steal about mission statement and principles we believe in.

Billy Ray said...

This is from the Sustainable Connections web site...would not be a bad place for us to start!

What We Do, Values & History


We envision a thriving, collaborative community in which local businesses are prosperous and contribute to a healthy environment and the well-being of all citizens.


To be the local forum where businesses come together to transform and model an economy built on sustainable practices.

We work with local, independently owned businesses that have the autonomy to make any transformational change in their business that they can imagine… reexamining where we buy goods and services, how we consume energy, grow and distribute our food, build homes, and even, how we define success in business. Sustainable Connections is supporting a community of innovators in green building, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, supporting independent businesses in town centers, and mentoring a new breed of entrepreneurs that have designed their business with a sustainable vision.

Rhonda Trautman said...

No, I agree on not limiting it to food. It was just a catchy mission statement I found on a similar site. I forgot to link it. I will do so.

Your example is much more comprehensive and looks like it addresses a much broader concept. I like it. I'm running out of creative name ideas. I will keep thinking and focus on a broader context.