- The Local Living Venture works to inspire and enable people to adopt more healthy, local and sustainable ways of living.
- Awareness of the externalized costs of our current lifestyle and of our unique position in a rural region -- that has retained many vital "simple living" skills and resources -- inspires the LLV to facilitate the sharing of this deep pool of knowledge within the community.
- The year-round Rural Skills Workshops have been doing this since 2010, and the Homestead Learning Community will take it up a notch once we are on some land of our own!
- We want to see local farms and many other rural enterprises succeed by participating in a regional economic system based on fulfilling the local needs of local people in the North Country.
The Sustainable Living Project (SLP) began to form in the Autumn of 2009 when several of the key organizers of the now-defunct but highly successful annual North Country Sustainable Energy Fair partnered with the original creator of the Fair (which was way back in 1992) and decided that it was time to take it one step further. We were enthused to put on a new event that harkened back to the "roots" of the 17-year strong Energy Fair -- with an emphasis on "appropriate technology" (be it human-power or hi-tech!) and on further strengthening an already vibrant local community of homesteaders and other seekers of simpler ways to live, in town or in the countryside.
Fall 2009: Vanessa Bittner, Melinda Ely, Patricia Greene, and Chelle Lindahl.
Spring 2010: Rosalind Ilett, and Bali MacKentley.
We have experienced that the word 'sustainable' can be perceived as too academic and/or too much of a buzzword. It has a lot of baggage associated with it for some folks. It can turn off people who are on the margins of interest in these new/old ways of living, who are the very ones we are trying to reach with our message. We began the process of re-visioning our message in April of 2012 and it culminated in the Fall of that year with the decision to change our name from the Sustainable Living Project to the Local Living Venture. The change became official with non-profit incorporation on January 1, 2014.
A dynamic organization has resulted from this initial seedcorn of an idea and other community members have joined the organizing efforts. There is a core coordinating group of 25-30 volunteers (more always welcome!) working on the various projects of the LLV, culminating in several iterations of the semi-annual Local Living Festival ~ A Celebration of Resourceful Living, held in or near Canton, NY.
Sustainability doesn't happen just one day a year!
Our year-round programs are the core of our work in the community and inform our creativity as a project through our emphasis on "open learning" -- the idea that we all have knowledge, skills and information to share with each other. Expertise is sought and honored from both the "experts" and YOU at all LLV events.
Each one of us can implement personal changes toward earth-friendly living - from installing low-flow shower heads to going off the electricity grid altogether. The LLV creates venues to promote long-term sustainability -- in the North Country of New York and beyond -- with emphasis on sharing practical low-cost and creative solutions that ordinary people can use in their own apartment, farmhouse, business and social realms.