Welcome to the Dirt Simple Blog

Dirt Simple is a new feature here at BeLocal. It’s a forum in which I’ll provide easy ways you can pursue a more sustainable, self-reliant, and local life style – even if you don’t have a lot of time to do it.

I’ll share simple and effective tips on growing & preserving more of your own food, maintaining and extending the life of your home and possessions, engaging with your community, and building useful skills. All while saving time, energy, and money.

Sound good? Then come back daily for new short-cuts, tools, hacks, and advice on moving toward a resilient future, without turning your life upside-down.

Hello… (again)

Yes, it’s been a long while…

BeLocal was launched in 2012 with a mission to make a few things happen in Mount Airy. Things that would increase our quality of life and connectedness of the community. When we launched, we didn’t know what those things would be.

So, we conducted a survey…

Which generated 5 powerful ideas…

Not all were new (most were not). But they had tremendous, long-term community support.

So we set off to help support those in progress, and lift those which needed more of a boost.

Some got done:

  • Rails to Trails.
  • Improved walkability of downtown.
  • Investment in our parks.

Some continue. Like the number one request, a Community Center. Plans, consultations, site visits, and detailed research have been worked on laboriously for the past 5 years as part of a town task force. The town is near the point of approving reconstruction of the Flat-Iron building, which would dedicate 1 floor to flexible community space. This space would serve the needs of the town, citizens, civic organizations, and businesses for added room to hold meetings, events, classes, performances, exhibits, parties, clubs, gatherings, you name it. In short, a whole lot of what was asked for in our survey.

But you know what? BeLocal was never about a survey. Or a community Center. That was just one tool and one need. Our vision was and is much more holistic.

So while all that support work was going on, (along with life in general), BeLocal has been taking a back seat. But now we’re back with a redesigned site, new topics and information, and a new focus on providing resources for strengthening social and economic ties, and building a sustainable and resilient future.