Our mission at Lowcountry Local First is to cultivate an economy anchored in local ownership, because local-independent businesses are the foundation of our culture, economy and character. We believe relationships matter and that when you empower the community with relationships, knowledge and passion for local – magical things can happen. Local businesses become not just successful but resilient, able to not simply do well but do good for the entire community. The cherry on top? The Lowcountry becomes (and remains) a place unlike any other in the world, fiercely protective not only of its history and architecture, but of its culture and its people, all of which makes this place so wonderful to call home.

Did you know we have more than 30 different business sectors and 500 unique businesses represented in our local business directory? We love telling stories of how our members are connected – creating the multiplier effect and strengthening our local economy. In tandem with our public Eat Local Month campaign in April, our sector focus is on the more than 120 food and beverage categorized businesses from our membership base. Hear how – and why – these locals dip into other sectors to support local in their daily work. Use #TalkSectorToMe to share your own story of crossing sectors to support local in your business’ purchasing habits.

Compost in My Shoe is dedicated to growing and developing high quality produce, products and services while nurturing the life-giving bond we all have with the land. We asked owner Jim Martin a few questions about his work with other local businesses:

As a local business, why is it important to you personally that you also support other local businesses?
We all have a part to play in keeping our community healthy. Local businesses working together is at the core of success on many levels.

Can you share a few other local businesses that you either currently work with or have done business with in the past?
Bryson’s Automotive Repair, Muddy Waters Coffee, Port City Paper, Nelson Printing, Fuzzco, Libby Williams Photography, just to name a few.

Why do you choose local?
Because it helps develop healthy community ,feels good and I like supporting people I know in our community.

What is the best business advice you never got?
Stick with what works. Veering from the successful formulas should be a tiny part of the business equation.  Make changes for good reasons.

Thanks to Plate South (aka Libby) for sharing her Eat Local Challenge experience, including her relationship with Jim Martin and his farm. The photos above are from her blog which you can read here. Take the Eat Local Challenge and receive tons of tips and resources to help you make the shift. Let’s Choose the Lowcountry.

Jordan Amaker
Director of Marketing & Communications
Director of Marketing & Communications