The Local Venture Center
We envision an outlet in the St. Lawrence River Valley of NY that serves as a community hub for many local projects.
We will start small and organically, growing as community needs become apparent.
In keeping with our long-held plans, the Center may also host any number of other wonderful projects, such as
- a tool lending library
- a local creamery
- a homestead marketplace
- botanical gardens for tourism, teaching, learning, research and demonstrations
- our continuing "resourceful living skills" workshops (see the Full Events Schedule for seasonal workshops that are largely on hiatus in Summer) will prosper with our own teaching facilities in place - we envision indoor and outdoor facilities such as the wonderful kitchen classrooms at the NY Wine & Culinary Center in Canandaigua (pictured above), with a taste of Upper Canada Village as well (but without the "old-timey" factor - just the skills!)
- a commercial kitchen that can serve as a business incubator for small agricultural entrepreneurs, that would likely be available to the public for canning or other food preservation projects, by the hour or day, as well.
- a center for sharing the robust thought and action, teaching and learning, renewing and innovating for healthy forestry, renewable energy, "green" building resources, and food and farming -- that represent the core curriculum of the Homestead Learning Community (HLC), which anchors the project. This is "Do It Yourself" (DIY) culture and life-long learning as refined by the community and institutional support of the Local Venture Center.
- ...and more projects and ideas will come forth! As you and others give input to the process! We want to build a facility that is truly "ground-up" -- where it happens that when someone passing by notices a shingle has blown off a building, they come back with a ladder and tools to fix it, because we are all invested in this endeavor.
Retail space, a conference and retreat center, community-oriented office and display space (geared to both locals and tourists) are all possibilities that could be built to accommodate our work, as well as fellow North Country community groups...there is no limit to the potential for the Local Venture Center campus!
Our original plan for "The Hub" that we had planned as a centerpiece of efforts was to provide infrastructure to regional farms and agricultural enterprises in the St. Lawrence River Valley/Adirondack Foothills region, and our goals haven't changed -- though the exact delivery systems for this contribution to our community may have.
We believe that a missing link for a local food system is that there are not enough farmers growing, or growing for wholesale markets, to make the idea of a stand-alone Hub in the St. Lawrence River Valley actually viable at this time.
One major goal of the Local Living Venture is to create the capacity for more locally grown food to be both grown and consumed in our region, for which facilities are needed, farmers are needed (we believe some of our residential HLC students will make this place their home, expanding the food base!), and -- most importantly -- people and passion are needed!
The ideal of an agricultural hub is still in place, much like the grange of old, though it may now express itself differently than once planned (without the profit-making center of a Hub food aggregation and distribution system as part of our complex, but hopefully growing alongside our efforts in mutual respect and cooperation.) We remind ourselves that change is a constant!
Contact the Local Living Venture at LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com to become involved!