Saturday, May 29, 2010

Shop Locally, keep it in the community

Village Green- A home school family- the community we are a part of, and our family values.

Village Green is a family owned and operated business. We are a family of 3, unless you include all the chickens, honeybees and of course, the nursery cat. The business has been here for 30 years, we are the second owners.
We strive to bring you a diverse collection of plants, many grown right here at the nursery. We over-winter our plants out doors, which makes them hardy for our area, which means they will survive in your garden with proper care.
We buy from small independent growers, many within just a few miles, rarely more than 80 miles, whenever possible. Every Choice we make about plant purchases supports the sustainable economy approach. When we buy from a local grower, we reinforce the jobs held by the workers at those nurseries, thereby supporting the local job market.

• When you think of buying the things you want for your yard, garden or kitchen or home- where do you think of going?

Think about this…

*Chains and franchises contribute roughly 30% and at times as little as 20% of the store’s sales back into the community through employee wages, sales taxes, and property taxes. Frequently, a chain store’s location is owned by the larger non local company, and the business is given tax breaks by the city in order for shareholder profits to remain high. Locally owned independent businesses do not receive such benefits and thus contribute a far greater proportion of revenues to local taxes.

*Choice makes for a richer community
Local, independent businesses are located all over West Seattle. You can grab an espresso to go, pick up locally grown produce or freshly baked bread, shop for unique gifts or household items, or choose a good book for a day at the beach. You can shop for plants, get your hair cut, have your taxes prepared, or apply for a mortgage at your friendly community bank or credit union.
By Staying Local you help build strong neighborhoods by sustaining communities, linking neighbors, and by contributing more to local causes.

*Your dollars spent in locally-owned businesses have three times the impact on your community as dollars spent at national chains. When shopping locally, you simultaneously create jobs, fund more city services through sales tax, invest in neighborhood improvement and promote community development.

With so many Big Boxes going up all over the place, we know how hard it can be… the convenience factor alone is so much to think about, but whenever possible, think about the Long term Effect.
Stay Local! For creating a strong economy based on locally owned and operated businesses in West Seattle. We encourage consumers to shop locally and help independent businesses compete more effectively.