I've just sent a rave review of Well Fed Neighbor to 10 friends, some of whom are movers and shakers (one has a website, www.peakoilshrink.com ... I'll post a comment there with it. )
I recommend you go to www.chrismartenson.com and view the 45 minute version of the "Crash Course", and--of course, post your site in a New Topic in the Forum, General... You have to sign up as a member, but that's free and they don't spam you. Chris is a good friend of mine and a firebrand (brilliant too) about re-localizing, regaining control of our lives, communities, economy, money and maybe even, if we're very lucky, our government. I can't say enough good things about his work. I highly recommend the full version of the Crash Course (CC) (free online), and I believe that once you have seen it, you may want to consider re-wording your criteria for the kinds of members you welcome, in just one regard. "Growth-oriented." In the CC, Chris discusses the difference between prosperity and growth. There are crucial distinctions. Whether you agree or not, I think you'll find much you do agree with, communicated in a lucid, concise and enjoyable manner. Over a million people have viewed the Crash Course.
I'm in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, where there are a lot of beautiful farms, and used to be a lot MORE such farms. In both Harrisonburg and Staunton, two smallish cities (home to James Madison U in H, and Mary Baldwin College in S), they have started a Transition Town. Are you familiar with that "movement" (my word)? If not, check it out. www.transitionus.org . It's very big in the UK, and is spreading now in the USA. One of hopefully many approaches to re-localizing and rejuvenating our communities.
Thanks for writing back, and for all that you do.
Wendy Thomson (Gwendolyn)
I would like to commend Ruell and Gavin for the fine work they are doing. This is a very worthwhile program that would greatly benefit the local economy in many ways.
How about a stable local money to pay for the local food? Without money the food
is a moot point...
This system has historical roots in scrip and alternative and local currencies that proliferated in America during the great depression.
Can you imagine the "Ozark Dollar"?