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Rural Matters

UtahLinks! Rural Matters

The spirit of Rural Utah is an independent spirit. The Rural Utah spirit:

  • does not look to government for help or solutions
  • is not beguiled by "experts" who suppose they know all the answers
  • solves problems using local resources
  • knows the value of work and knows what work is valuable

It will eventually take rural ingenuity to solve national problems or they simply won't get solved. The good life in rural communities is created by individuals, families and neighbors within the community who solve their own problems and build their own solutions. That is a lifestyle that is worth celebrating.

"Why should we constantly be looking for technological solutions? I don't think we have spent enough time looking at the rules of nature's economy, which are systems that have featured material recycling and run on contemporary sunlight."

- Wes Jackson -