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This Associated Press story tells how the behemoth helps small growers, like Mennonites in Virginia:
The demand for what small-scale farmers have to offer is burgeoning.
Lowcountry Local First is the 44th member organization in a national network of non-profits dedicated to strengthening their local economies, called the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE).
Among its founding partners is Piggly Wiggly South Carolina, based in the Lowcountry.
The international organization was founded on the following principles:
a) Supporting the growth and development of community-based businesses;
b) Encouraging local purchasing by consumers;
c) Creating opportunities for business leaders to network and share "best-practices;" and
d) Advocating for public policies that strengthen independent local businesses and farms, promoting economic equity, and protecting the environment.
In these tough times, locals need to help locas.