Thursday, June 11, 2009

Working with Friends and Neighbors



A word from Terra on thinking and acting locally:  As a project coordinator for a community-based nonprofit I have the opportunity to witness on a regular basis, the benefits that arise from friends and neighbors working together.  One of our goals with this house is to utilize local resources and businesses whenever possible.  
In the early stages, we have already had the chance to put this into action.  Noble & Sons, a family business from just down the road, has done most of our site preparation, made us a new driveway, and is also providing our sand and gravel for the walls.   Concrete for the footing and the slab came from a local ready-mix company, we are buying as many materials as we can from the neighborhood hardware store, and custom metal fabrication for the equipment is contracted to ShadowWorx, our cousin, who is also our neighbor.   
In addition to minimizing environmental impact by reducing trucking miles and fuel use, contracting with these local businesses recycles income in our community and the foothills.  On top of that, working with friends and neighbors builds relationships that will last long after the house is finished.  I am already looking forward to having everyone over for dinner under our new roof next year!

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