[This is a copy of materials posted on the Local Economy Summit Discussion Forum]
The whole question of connecting people and businesses to resources as a means of creating efficiencies, expanding markets, and strengthening the local to local economy was discussed at the first Local Economy working group. Various ideas have been floating around that touch upon this:
This is a link and excerpt from materials prepared by the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) on how to form a local business network.
Recently ran across an advertisement for Farmie Market, an online approach to farmers market. Interested in getting some perspective from the PS community on the potential of the program. Do you think this supports "buy local" goals? Does this create more opportunities? or does it take away from the true sense of community?