Guest Post: How to be a localist

Going Local is something more and more families are trying to do. There are many reasons for this trend. They could include Social Justice, Environmental or Economic reasons. 

  • Localize your home – rent from a local landlord or take a mortgage from a community bank
  • Live in Local Style – Use local materials for your home and if you are building, use a local architect & builder, great furniture can be found from local artisans or from locally owned retailers
  • Minimize Automobiles – use your vehicle less by walking, biking, carpooling, using mass transit and living in “Walkable Communities”
  • Fuel Up Locally – make your car very fuel-efficient, use local fuels when they are available and gas up at a locally owned gas station
  • Local Car Service – find a good local independent mechanic that you trust and who charges reasonable rates.  Use the local car wash, auto parts store and a local insurance agency
  • Dine Local – avoid chain restaurants
  • Buy Fresh and Local  – Link up with local farmers; rediscover local bakers, cheese makers, butchers, chefs and caterers
  • Support Local Retailers – be loyal to competitive local pharmacies, bookstores, hardware stores, service providers, gift shops, and clothing retailers.  When you need something, there is a local retailer that can supply it.
  • Play Local – spend more time at local sporting events, playgrounds, parks, films and plays. 
  • Heal Local – use local doctors, dentist, therapists and alternative healers.
  • Minimize Household Energy use – do the 101 things that you know that reduce your need to purchases of energy.  If possible, become a micro generator of power and sell your energy back to the grid

(Adapted from Michael Shumans – Smallmart Revolution)


As the founder of Live Local Alberta, Jessie has a vision for Alberta as a diverse, vibrant and sustainable region. Live Local Alberta is dedicated to educating consumers on the benefit of shopping, eating and living locally and to giving small business owners strength in numbers. A self-proclaimed foodie, Jessie along with chef husband Darcy own The Blue Pear Restaurant in Edmonton. Jessie has held a variety of roles within the food chain including working in the restaurant industry for 25 years, some of which for multinational fast food companies. Jessie and Darcy have two children and live in Edmonton.