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What will it mean to shift from JUST IN TIME commerce to living well from what can be produced in a sustainable way within the local reach of a community like Floyd?

Here are some component “building blocks.” They are elaborated upon at and many are being discussed as areas of future focus by SustainFloyd, Partnership for Floyd, and other civic organizations. This movement ahead is encouraging, and will be part of the discussion on April 16 at the “Land’s Sake” event at Floyd High School.

* Sustainable agriculture
* Renewable energy and energy efficiency
* Local zero-waste manufacturing
* Independent retail
* Green building
* Community capital
* Local and/or fair trade clothing
* Education
* Independent media and communications
* Business development/professional services
* Transportation
* Health and wellness
* Arts and culture

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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