Please also view our NEW webpage at

Please note that this, our OLD website, has so much content that it will take a while to switch it all over to the new site.  In the meantime, some links on the new page will take you here to old pages, for now.  We appreciate your patience while we build our new and improved website - please check it out!

Local Living Venture  (LLV) .
formerly  Sustainable Living Project  (SLP)


encouraging sharing and life-long learning for regional self-reliance,
energy independence,
environmentally friendly living,
for a more capable and regionally-oriented community

The Local Living Venture envisions
a vibrant community
and resilient regional economy in the
North Country of New York State
our toolbox

Community Education
Rural Skills-Building

Dynamic Infrastructure Development

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brand new website
Many thanks to the
for making a new and easier to navigate website possible!

Please note that some pages of this "old" site will still be used while we populate the new site with content. So you may be bumped back to particular pages on this site when you click around on the new site, in the meanwhile.

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we are now the
Local Living Venture!
Our non-profit incorporation papers have been accepted by the State of New York and we will no longer entirely under the wing of our friends at Seedcorn.  For the first four years of our organizational existence we were part of their great family, but as of January, 2014 we are now fledging!  Next step: our own 501(c)(3) educational non-profit status from the's a process that takes time and some fair bit of fees, but we will get there!
Send good thoughts!

~   ~   ~   funding plea
   ~   ~   ~
We have never asked before...

but we need your assistance now

Please take a moment to read our fundraising letter from June 1, 2014 - it still applies!  We have successfully raised $5,100 towards operations, but need another $1,100 to remain viable and cover our 501(c)(3) filing fees, etc.
To learn more about what we need to cover financially, please see this page.
To learn more about what we plan to create, with your help, please see this information.

To contribute please go here for online methods
or mail to
Local Living Venture, PO Box 736, Canton, NY 13617.
Thank You!
Please also check out our (income producing, bills paying) Full Workshop Schedule -
check back often as new events are added constantly!

Local Living Venture
Sharing Knowledge from the Past ~ Building Skills for the Future

The Sustainable Living Project formed in 2010 out of the previous Sustainable Energy Fair, in response to a community desire for simpler, cheaper and more joyful ways to live.

In 2014 we incorporated as a non-profit corporation with a new name, the Local Living Venture (LLV), and with a small staff overseen entirely by dedicated volunteers. The LLV collaborates and educates for a more capable community and regionally-based economic vitality in the North Country.

LLV seeks appropriate farm and forest land for a farm-based learning community - a "homesteading school" providing education and incubation for new farm and business development and diverse local economic prosperity.  Core curriculum: growing, eating and preserving food, renewable energy systems, green building, healthy hearth and forestry, and traditional rural skills - anchored by a tourism draw, the North Country Native Botanical Gardens.  Many local enterprises will spring from these creative community-oriented endeavors!


The LLV is inspired by a revitalized regional food system, where more food is grown for local use, reducing the "food miles" traveled from farm to plate, ensuring a healthier community, and creating economic prosperity on local farms.  We promote regionalism not just for food, but that is a natural starting point.

Year-round educational and skills-building workshops: composting, gardening skills, bike care, renewable energy tours, rocket stoves, whole foods nutrition, health and wellness, beekeeping, MUCH more.

The "Local Living Festival - A Celebration of Resourceful Living" features serious fun & delightful education for all!  The fourth Festival will be held in Canton on September 26, 2015.

315.347.4223 * PO Box 736 Canton, NY 13617 *

~~ recent projects by our wonderful volunteers! ~~
Local Thrifting Made Easy

Stellar volunteer Jackie Bartholomew has been hunting down all of the thrift and antique outlets in St. Lawrence County (and perhaps somewhat beyond) to make it easier for you to shop wisely - economically and ecologically - in this world of profligate consumption! 
Check back soon for "round one" listings for this great project.

(See the Thrift Map link on left hand toolbar.)
Write us with suggestions for additions at!

            Thanks to all who joined us and helped make another great event happen in our wonderful community!             
click this link for details on the most recent

Local Living Festival
which was celebrated on
April 27, 2013

Media Sponsor

The next Local Living Festival is scheduled for

September 26, 2015

Mark your calendars!

 More about the
  Local Living Venture 

The Local Living Venture believes that the North Country
has a deep
 tap-root of rural skills to draw upon in sharing ways to
live simply and economically. 

We celebrate our beautiful natural environment, wonderful built
environment of villages, farms and homesteads, and the
vibrant community life that resounds throughout.

We seek to be part of and catalyst for an emerging regional economy:
where neighbors share resources; more food is grown and consumed locally;
diversified farming is expanded; value-
added agriculture & forestry products
are created; and it is all part of a community-wide endeavor we are all vested in.

  • A Homestead Learning Community will teach the next generation of
    farmers, foresters, energy workers and homesteaders.
  • A value-added facility with business incubation will turn those folks
    into entrepreneurs and feed our community.
  • A community-based resource center with strong tourism components, showcasing our natural treasures for all; and sharing our vision with seekers of simpler ways to live.

Featuring the Local Living Festival, s
Resourceful Skills Workshops
& Green Homestead & Garden Tours   
PLUS the upcoming    

Homestead Learning Community
and North Country Native Botanical Gardens     
Through these programs, and more,   
LLV and YOU demonstrate practical   
low-cost creative solutions, that we can all use,   
promoting  personal and community sustainability   
-- in town and in the countryside.   

Sharing ways to live simply, economically, and ecologically in the North Country!


We celebrate local knowledge and the revival of old-time skills
blended with appropriate technologies for our times.

Sharing Knowledge from the Past ~ Building Skills for the Future   

   Volunteers always welcome!
                 WE CAN'T DO IT WITHOUT YOU!
One hour on one day or for several hours per week...
    Whatever fits your schedule.  Please contact us!

      Please click this link to take our Volunteer Survey
  (Please be sure to contact us at to let us know you've taken the Survey --thanks!)

   "Like" Us!        

~~ another wonderful volunteer project ~~

Keepin' it clean, 5 cents at a time!
Friends of the Local Living Venture can now
donate their bottles and cans to our account at
CJ’s Kegs, Cases & More Potsdam, NY.

When recycling your returnable bottles and cans
please take them to CJ’s and ask that the redemption amount be donated to us!

Thank you in advance for your generous support,
from the 
Local Living Venture team.

            MARK YOUR CALENDARS!             
                            the next                                
Local Living Festival
                          is scheduled for                             

        September 26, 2015       

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~~~~~~~~~~~~or for major Sponsorship~~~~~~~~~~~~

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Mailings are a maximum of 3 times per month, and we do not share your contact info.
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~~~~~~~~~~~~   Intern Opportunities!     ~~~~~~~~~~~~

Resources and Links
~ we add to this page frequently! ~
Please share your favorite sites with us as well.
Email us at

  Check the Resources page for links to our Bees & Beekeeping page

  Click here to "Like" Us on Facebook!  

  o        How to Participate in the SLP       o
  (general  support) 

  o    How to Be Involved    o
  (specific tasks)  

 BIG PLANS:  Community Resource  Hub 

 BIG PLANS:  Homestead Learning Community 

~ our unique pledge campaign ~

Local Living Festivals


 Local Living Festival Schedule 
 Sept 26, 2015 
 April 29, 2017 
 September 29, 2018 
 Held every 18 months, alternating Spring and Fall! 

Local Living Festival SPONSORS HERE


Local Living Venture
(formerly Sustainable Living Project)

PO Box 736, Canton, NY 13617

The Local Living Venture (LLV) is currently disengaging from it's status as a project of  Seedcorn.  We are grateful for four years of their mentoring and assistance as we figured out "what we want to be when we grow up!" 
It is now time for us to fledge the nest -- the LLV has applied for it's own incorporation and has applyed for 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization status.  Your assistance is welcome as we progress on our mission to share practical knowledge with our community, envisioning a more capable community as a result of our efforts!

The First
Local Living Festival

photographer: Jacob Ried of the LLF Coordinating Group

Local Living Festival 9/25/2010

Member of the Potsdam Food Co-op

Member of the St. Lawrence Chamber of Commerce

Member of the American Farmland Trust

Member (and represented on their Board of Directors)
Small Scale Food Processors Association of New York

NOFA-NY -- Northeast Organic Farmer's Association - New York

Local Living Venture   P.O. Box 736, Canton, NY 13617  *