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In an era when incomprehensibly complex issues like Peak Oil and Climate Change dominate headlines, practical solutions at a local level can seem somehow inadequate.
In response, Lyle Estill's Small is Possible introduces us to "hometown security," with this chronicle of a community-powered response to resource depletion in a fickle global economy. True stories, springing from the soils of Chatham County, North Carolina, offer a positive counter balance to the bleakness of our age.
This is the story of how one small southern US town found actual solutions to actual problems. Unwilling to rely on government and wary of large corporations, these residents discovered it is possible for a community to feed itself, fuel itself, heal itself and govern itself.
This book is filled with newspaper columns, blog entries, letters and essays that have appeared on the margins of small town economies. Tough subjects are handled with humor and finesse. Compelling stories of successful small businesses from the grocery co-op to the biodiesel co-op describe a town and its people on a genuine quest for sustainability.
Everyone interested in sustainability, local economy, small business, and whole foods will be inspired by the success stories in this book.(2007-11-27)
This is a book about keeping our LOCAL Main Street businesses healthy. Needless to say buying this online rather than from your local bookstore misses the entire point!Published on June 2, 2011 by steve in cambridge
more of a collection of stories/memories than a blueprint to doing it. Lyle and much of the community has made the commitment to make it workPublished on March 12, 2011 by MonsterWrangler
Lyle Estill's wonderful perspective on life---smaller is better---is a refreshing break from the typical 21st century mindset of making things bigger, better, and hipper. Read morePublished on July 10, 2009 by Larry Underwood
I had originally grabbed this book from the local library "new books" shelving thinking that anything with small in the title might be worth my time... and some relevance to [... Read morePublished on August 23, 2008 by Anne Lupton
Globalization is becoming more and more the name of the game in recent years, but is it really needed? Read morePublished on August 10, 2008 by Midwest Book Review