It Takes a Village

posted Friday, January 21 by Stacey Price, Think Local First Communication Strategist

Each day as we deal with local entrepreneurs it becomes even clearer that it takes a village to run an independent business. Owners lean on each other for ideas, support and even as investors in new endeavors.

Just like an independent business, a non-profit cannot be run as a solo act. Without the time, perspective, contacts, support and money of others we would not be here today.

This Wednesday, we inducted some new, very valuable members into our local village during the first Eat it Local Planning Meeting.

You see, just like a business or a non-profit a truly dynamic event needs the collaboration of others. The passion and synergy we felt that morning at Busboys and Poets has trickled into the week and makes us confident to say that this campaign in June will be monumental! At the table were representatives from FreshFarm Markets, Arcadia Food, Roadside Organics, Slow Food DC, Farm-to-School, the local restaurant and retail scene. With this help of these individuals, monetary support from the community and participation from our DC neighborhoods we are excited at the possibilities for this week.

We still have zillions of details to map out, hours and hours of planning and much money to raise but we know our village can do it collaboratively, successfully and most important locally.

Here is a sneak peak at things in the works for Eat it Local Week

1- Locally Sourced Restaurant Week
2- Kick-Off Beer and Bar-B-Q Block Bash
3- Celebrity and Student Chef Cook-Off
4- Farm-to-Table Dinner
5- Educational events, fundraisers for other food groups and a Eat it Local
Guide that showcases businesses that are doing it every other week of the year!

*Events still in initial planning stages and are subject to change based on funding

If you are interested in getting involved in this week as a part of the steering committee, volunteer or sponsor please
contact Stacey Price at!