Posts Tagged ‘Think Local First!’

Town of Nantucket and Think Local First! to Form Local Procurement Committee

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

In response to the unanimous approval by Nantucket voters at the last Town Meeting, Think Local First! along with the Board of Selectmen and the Nantucket Planning and Economic Development Commission have agreed to form a Local Procurement Committee. Members to date include (more…)

Community Agriculture Initiative

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

 The overall goal of our Community Agriculture Initiative is to support, encourage and further develop organic food production on island.  Specifically, this program will strengthen the local economy by helping entrepreneurs in agriculture and specialty food production get started, or grow their existing businesses through the following activities:

  • Classes and workshops
  • Agricultural intern program
  • Helping to develop, and supporting a Farm to School program
  • Making farmable land more accessible to farmers by leasing land and creating a community farm
  • Facilitating the purchase, storage and use of shared equipment for cheese-making and animal husbandry
  • Developing a community kitchen allowing people to produce quantities of prepared foods (jams, jellies, baked goods, etc.) that will be used for both food production and classes.

Think Local First!

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

In June 2008, Sustainable Nantucket and the Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with a group of committed business owners and managers, formed a Steering Committee to find ways to encourage Nantucketers to support our local businesses and help our economy. Based on the “Buy Local, Hire Local” campaign initiated by Sustainable Nantucket in 2006, “Think Local First! Nantucket” was born.

Think Local First! is ongoing and is primarily an education and public awareness campaign,  designed to encourage resi­dents and visitors to “think local first” when purchasing goods and services. Buying and hiring locally strengthens our economy and helps us maintain the unique character of our Nantucket com­munity. In numerous studies, retail­ers in towns and cities with “Buy Local” campaigns reported an increase in sales.

For news and information on Think Local First!, to find local products and services, or to become a member, visit

Annual Fund

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Help us Cultivate a Healthy Nantucket!

Your contribution to our Annual Fund will provide much-needed support, helping us to:

  • Build gardens and increase access to local food for the public schools with our Farm to School program.
  • Connect consumers to producers of locally grown food through our Farmers & Artisans Market
  • Provide training and education through out Community Agriculture Program’s workshops, classes and internships. And more…

Become a partner in our work by making your tax-deductible gift to Sustainable Nantucket today!

Your gift of support is an investment ensuring wide-scale community benefits by helping to build a more locally-based, self-reliant food economy – one in which sustainable food production, processing, distribution, and consumption is integrated – thereby enhancing the economic, environmental and social health of our island, and improving our long-term, overall sustainability.

Additional information about our programs that provide support to and benefit of our local community can be found on this site and by signing up to receive our e-newsletters.

Donations to our Annual Fund can be made online here or by sending a check payable to ‘Sustainable Nantucket’ to Sustainable Nantucket, PO Box 1244, Nantucket, MA 02554.

Together, we are making a difference!