Eclectic Curiosity

Economic Gardening

Posted on February 11th, 2005, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Uncategorized. No Comments

Take entrepreneurial drive, municipal or regional policy, self-organization, local culture, and some “small is beautiful” philosophy, mix them all together, and you get economic gardening.

Economic gardening is about re-building rural towns “one family at a time.” It is diametrically opposed to the old idea of small towns trying to attract one big employer. That idea — also known as “elephant hunting” — usually doesn’t work. That’s because there’s either “too much competition for too few companies” or else “a company came, went belly up and left an unemployment line.” Economic gardening, however, not only promotes relocations to rural towns with promises of free land, but also encourages “small-business start-ups” and seeks out local “students willing to return after college.” Senior citizens are also asked to “will 5 percent of their estates to the town they love to endow economic development.”

(via Reveries)

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