Cielito Lindo Ranch now has a new publication—the Catron Courier. It’s a challenge, but one that we’re excited to take on, and it matches our goals at CLR. As a 501(c) (3) educational non-profit, it’s our mission for “sustainable learning, living and education” to serve the community by supporting local businesses.
What does this mean in a practice?
First, supporting local businesses is good for everyone. It makes a lot more sense to buy a pound of hamburger from a local grocer who bought that meat from a local rancher. (The average American meal travels 1,500 miles before it arrives on our dinner table, and that system profits strangers, and super-rich corporations which are often foreign based.) Buying local helps conserve not just dollars, but fuel as well. And it helps our neighbors sell the goods they raise or grow in our neighborhood.
At CLR, a favorite definition of “sustainable” is: An independent way of living which we control, which is healthy and will last forever. By working together and supporting each other, we believe we can create a vibrant local economy where we all benefit, and assure that our children and grandchildren will have a better life than the one we knew.
We see the Catron Courier as a fantastic venue to help invigorate our local economy, and spread information about sustainability.