Pioneer Valley Local First

The Odyssey Bookshop is proud to be a member business of Pioneer Valley Local First. Read on for a brief description and for more information please visit their website. Currently Joan is President of the Board of Directors of Pioneer Valley Local First.

Here in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts we are blessed with great natural beauty and a vibrant local living economy made up of independent businesses, wonderful family farms, educational institutions and active community organizations. It's a rich and diverse culture and one that Pioneer Valley Local First is dedicated to protecting and strengthening.

Since 2001 our mission is to encourage people to Think Local First so that they Buy and Bank Local First. Additionally, we encourage and support companies to be socially, locally and environmentally responsible. We do this by educating and encouraging Pioneer Valley citizens, community organizations, businesses and local governments about the benefits of doing business with locally owned, independent businesses.

We're a founding network of Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), the organization that is leading the living economy movement with over 80 Networks throughout North America.