We envision an outlet in the St. Lawrence River Valley of NY that serves as a community hub for many local projects.
For instance, 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.
We will start small and organically, growing as community needs become apparent.
In keeping with our long-held plans, the Center will also host other wonderful projects, such as
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.
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.
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 is still in place, though it may now express itself differently than once planned (without the profit-making center of a Hub food storage and distribution system as part of the complex.) We remind ourselves that change is a constant!
Join with us as we evolve, along with our goals and mission, to meet community needs in the St. Lawrence River Valley. Please contact us at LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com to share your thoughts and skills!
Archival Information about our Agricultural Depot and Hub plans