Cultivating the Roots of People Powered Economies

Growing healthy and sustainable food starts with caring for the soil.

We think of SELC’s work as cultivating a healthy soil for more resilient communities to grow. We’re the soil biologists, not the farmers (metaphorically, at least - some of us actually are urban farmers)!
So that’s why, as part of SELC’s People Powered Economies campaign, we are lifting up the work of our partners and allies who are rooted in the communities most impacted by the ills of an extractive economy, and most poised to cultivate and grow a new one.

Donate to SELC anytime TODAY (May 6th) and 25% of your contribution will support Phat Beets Produce and their farm stands, farmers’ markets, and urban youth market gardens.

Join SELC to support Phat Beets Produce


How is SELC cultivating the legal roots of more resilient communities?

SELC provides education, research, advice, and advocacy so communities can create and control their own resources. Our award-winning Resilient Communities Legal Cafe has provided free legal support to over 350 Bay Area projects creating #PeoplePoweredEconomies.


SELC's Legal Cafe in actionThree times a month, I am reminded what people powered economies look like: our clients include urban farms, tiny home ecovillages, home-based food businesses, social justice nonprofits, worker-owned health clinics, local currencies, and more. Many of you are those community change-makers, so thank you for your work, your inspiration, and your imagination!

Join us TODAY or help us spread the word and together we can continue cultivating both the legal and the literal roots of #PeoplePoweredEconomies!



Chris Tittle

Director of Organizational Resilience

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  • Roland Catellier
    commented 2015-05-10 12:20:22 -0700
    My vision is a global community is there a place for me in this organization?

    Let me share my vision: My main mission is to create (not employment ) but opportunities to develop income stream’s for low income people, unemployed ,underemployed. Also to help small manufactures who product’s can not get into Big Box Retailers ,by creating a website to organize a route sales distribution (done) benefit for manufacturers is larger distribution of goods securing employment for worker and growth for future employee, the manufacturers post a wholesales store on our website ,we jointly (manufacturers & website) promote opportunities for common people to start selling product direct to main street retail or to consumers, direct from manufacturers. The Distributors will be owners of of their client list for long tern residual sales commission in a protected areas they control sales of products they distribute. Retailers would benefit by purchasing product direct to from manufactures possibly hire more staff. Communities would benefit by being more divers needed products not readily available. Our goal is to make ownership in our co-operative to all parties mentioned above as well as Supporters of this concept. Once it is established in USA, our goal is to have manufacturers export relevant product to developing nations and start national co-op’s in many countries. We are looking for help creating a a USA co-op as a model for future global co-op.

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