Give Your Garden and Local Community Some Love This Spring
It is spring time in Arizona, which means warm, sunny days and finally getting your garden back in order after winter. If the cold season left your garden as bad as ours, you're going to need as much help as you can get to start growing again. Local stores are the best places to find all your gardening needs, even if you're trying to start a garden for the first time. These local places have what you need!
To get started, let's look at why we should shop locally and where you can find cheaper options in your local community!
Why should we shop local: when you spend locally your money circulates in your community nearly 4 times more than when spent with a chain retailer.
Myth: Prices are lower at chain retailers and in other communities.
Many view "lower prices" that chain stores promote at face value, but let's look a little deeper.
Chain stores often receive subsidies that exclude them from paying sales tax for a number of years. Thus, the money we spend at these locations is funneled directly out of our communities instead of funding important infrastructure such as our public libraries, police and fire departments, road maintenance, etc. Let's also consider the types of jobs chain stores offer: majority are part-time options without benefits. We like to refer to the lack of sales tax and healthcare benefits as "deferred billing" - if its not being provided by the company, we are personally absorbing the cost through our taxes.
Another factor is too many of us are willing to make the longer drive for "lower prices" rather than support the local, independent options found in our own communities. But when we consider the gas, travel time, and vehicle wear that comes from these frequent trips (combined with all the points listed above) you'll find that the local options are actually more affordable.
Myth-BUSTED: More often than not, spending money at local businesses in your own community is less expensive than spending money with chain retailers.
B & D Lumber and Hardware in Bisbee is a locally owned business in the neighborhood of Warren. Since 1972, this store has been serving the community and offering some of the best prices on lumber, tools, gardening, and so much more.
As you can see, B & D Lumber and Hardware offers some of the lowest prices on everything as compared to a chain retailer. Not only will you be helping your community and local economy, but by staying in town to gather your supplies you spend less money and help reduce your carbon footprint. For an even cheaper option, check out the seed library at the Copper Queen Library in town where you can borrow seeds for free. You can also ask your local coffee shops for old coffee grounds to help your garden or composting!
Golden Hills Nursery and Feed is nestled in a hillside of Globe. With over 35 years of expertise, you can go from novice gardener to a semi-pro in just one visit! Questions are welcomed and encouraged. You won't find this kind of knowledge at a big box store.
Local First Arizona Foundation strives to keep dollars circulating in local economies by busting the myth that local is more expensive. A series of monthly Myth Busters will highlight specific comparisons in 2 rural communities; Globe/Miami and Bisbee. These comparisons break down pricing to show how local options stand up to out of town chain retailers.