Valley Dairy is committed
to doing our part to help the environment. On May 21st. 2009, Spring Valley Dairy proudly became an EarthWISE-certified business. By fulfilling the EarthWISE certification criteria, Spring Valley Dairy helps play a significant role in the protection of Marion County's environment.
Why buy locally owned?
Top Ten reasons to Think Local –
Buy Local – Be Local:
- Buy Local – Support yourself: Several
studies have shown that when you buy from an independent,
locally owned business, rather than a nationally owned business,
significantly more of your money is used to make purchases
from other local businesses, service providers and farms
– continuing to strengthen the economic base of the
- Support community groups: Non-profit organizations
receive an average of 250% more support from smaller business
owners than they do from large businesses.
- Keep our community unique: Where we shop,
where we eat and have fun – all of it makes our community
home. Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part
of the distinctive character of this place. Our tourism
businesses also benefit.
- Reduce environmental impact: Locally owned
businesses can make more local purchases requiring less
transportation and generally operate in town or city centers
as opposed to developing on the fringe. This generally means
contributing less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and
- Create more good jobs: Small local businesses
are the largest employer nationally, and in our community,
provide the most jobs to residents.
- Get better service: Local businesses often
have people with a better understanding of the products
they are selling and take more time to get to know customers.
- Invest in community: Local businesses are
owned by people who live in this community, are less likely
to leave, and are more invested in the community’s
- Put your taxes to good use: Local businesses
in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure
investment and make more efficient use of public services,
compared to nationally owned stores entering the community.
- Buy what you want, not what someone wants
you to buy: A marketplace of tens of thousands of small
businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low
prices over the long-term. A multitude of small businesses,
each selecting products based not on the national sales
plan but on their own interests and the needs of their local
customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices.
- Encourage local prosperity: A growing body
of economic research shows that in an increasingly homogenized
world, entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely
to invest and settle in communities that preserve their
one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character.