In 2010, Boise Weekly published a report about the impact of buying local that quoted research suggesting for every $100 spent locally, $45 stay local. Compare that with $100 spent at a big box store or chain outlet, where only $14 stay in the local economy.
If that sounds like a good deal to you, gather with fellow locavores at Julia Davis Park Saturday, June 28, for a celebration of sustainable food, local investments, community involvement, and--of course--buying locally. Bring the kids and your own thinking cap, because the educational forecast is looking strong with groups like Close the Gap, Idaho! and Lift Up Idaho! Minimum Wage scheduled at the public education stage. Vendors and nonprofits representing topics from safe schools to GMOs to contraception will also be at the event, but attendees are advised to leave their partisanship at home--at least for the day, since Mayor David Bieter will proclaim June 28 the official Community Progressive Day in the City of Trees.