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Promoting Local
Living Economies

We believe that a world based in domination and exploitation is often due to humanity’s many forms of disconnection—from self, one another, and place. By promoting healthy and sustainable local living communities based on mutual trust and interconnectedness, we seek to create communities that provide secure and fulfilling livelihoods for all people, that work in harmony with natural systems, and that support biological and cultural diversity.

Our Strategic Approach

On a national level, NoVo works to promote and support a strong local-first movement by partnering with the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE). The BALLE network seeks to catalyze a vision and practice of Local Living Economies (LLE)—connecting consumers with farmers, local investors with local entrepreneurs, and business owners with their employees, neighbors, and eco-systems.

Closer to home, NoVo funds the strategic work of the Local Economies Project (LEP) of the New World Foundation. The LEP’s primary objective is to identify and provide the necessary resources to develop a replicable model for local economic and community development, focusing on regional farmers and agriculture in the Hudson Valley of New York state, and encouraging ongoing efforts to create a truly sustainable regional food system.


Farm to Institution NYS (FINYS); Connecting Farms to Food Service across the State


Updates from NoVo

NoVo is hiring: Program Officer, Local Living Economies Initiative

19 May, 2017

The NoVo Foundation is hiring a Program Officer for the Promoting Local Living Economies initiative. Background Established in 2006 by Jennifer […]

“Most of us cannot control where our energy or food comes from, where our taxpayer dollars go, what is taught in our public schools, whether or not to use cars, or even what jobs we will have. Moving toward the restoration of human scale in our social and production systems as an alternative to current global-scale organizations may be the only way to permanently defeat the distancing that has been such a moral disaster for modern humankind.”

Andrew Kimbrell