My name is Jeremy Trent Homesley, and I have a unique investment and advertising opportunity to share with you. Starting on August 21st, 2017, I will be setting out from the Grayson Highlands in southwest Virginia, and walking the Appalachian Trail northward, until I reach upstate New York. Through writing, public speaking and performance opportunities along the way, I will be promoting my non profit organization, Project Local. The hike covers a total of twelve hundred miles, and instead of thru-hiking the AT in entirety, I am simply using the trail as a footpath highway, in order to get to my temporary home in New York, while experiencing as much of the eastern United States as possible.
I am a writer, actor and farmer. I’ve spent the last ten years running a farm, working for a small family owned business in Kings Mountain, and acting in various local theatrical productions, as well as the professional theater company Liberty Mountain: The Revolutionary Drama. I have hiked well over three hundred miles in separate fifty and sixty mile sections of the Appalachian Trail. I will even be taking a group of cast and crew members from Liberty Mountain on a hike this April, which retraces the steps of some of the Revolutionary War characters we portray in the show. My primary goals are to complete at least two books along the way, meet other like-minded, outward bound individuals, introduce an audience to my groundbreaking form of experiential writing,
and to get my nonprofit project off the ground and running.
Project Local is committed to recognizing true local quality, and building community infrastructure around vital resources of food, water and shelter. Whether you’re a true food producer working several acres and filling tables at the local farmer’s market, or a hobby gardener with just a few over productive tomato vines, the value in food sources close by increases every day. The reality is, whenever we depend on global or national economies to both sell to and provide us back our food, we ship out soil, rain, effort. We outsource our very selves. It keeps us dependent on global networks for the value of our own dollar. Which is fine, except the dollar, for almost all of us, is our only source for sustenance.
At first, Project Local will work with burgeoning entrepreneurs and food-producers and artisans to create a network for free exchange of ideas, information, and foster bartering relationships between artists, neighbors and friends. We will encourage people to produce as much as they can, no matter how little, in the immediate spaces surrounding their homes and work environments. Project Local members will be graded by the percentage of daily resource they are able to produce within their direct locality, be it food, entertainment, clean water, or artistry of any kind. They will gain increased benefits and organization support by actively trading goods with other members,
exchanging anything from spare produce, to scavenged medicinal plants and ideas,
farming techniques and the equipment to go along with it.
Along this walk I will have countless opportunities to experience unique landowners who have organized their properties into functioning farms and hostels. Often offering monetarily free room and board, purchased at the price of small amounts of labor, mostly daily chores. A working piece of land should not only offer fresh, homegrown food, but also shelter, temporary employment, learning opportunities and much more. Each one could function as its own miniature economy.
I own one hundred and thirty acres of untouched woodland in Cherryville, NC, and instead of learning by trial and error, a large part of this walk will be experiencing how many of my peers are already managing their land assets. While at the same time generating contacts and networking, so that eventually we can work together to form a map for anyone who desires to live and work their way along a thousand mile journey.
An endeavor I believe will increase in value as security and financial risks make us rethink our modern forms of more immediate travel.
Project Local is established on the principle that a closer source is a better source. Even for the sole sake of proximity. Times are changing. And it is almost too late to reorganize our lives from the ground up. But that is the exact aim of Project Local. If a person, or family, or group of tenants, can generate even ten to fifteen percent of their yearly dietary and medicinal needs without leaving their property, that is a percentage they can lean on when all other outsources wane, or prices fluctuate due to global factors.
I farm: chickens for eggs and dairy goats for milk, gardens, sometimes several, every season. I write: poetry and fiction, about characters who dig their way through realism to find mythology buried like roots within every little moment, and stories that make you question the existence of little moments. I act: from British officer antagonists to Adam from the Garden of Eden to Robin Hood his very self and common-man martyrs of the American Revolution. In essence, I am the first employee of Project Local. And through this walk, and my time up north, eventually landing and working in New York City, I aim to meet more people like me. People who develop apps, are legal consultants, political science majors, activists, naturalists, cooped up church leaders and flat footed philosophers. Ultimately, within a matter of just a couple years, I will be back in this area, building my farm,
with a network of friends and resources that stretches from Piedmont North Carolina to upstate New York and beyond.
I believe your company will benefit from being a part of this journey from the very beginning. Something as small as a contribution of gear, equipment, or even a monetary investment, will go much further than twelve hundred miles. Nothing fits the theme of Project Local better than a local business helping outfit an individual so they can travel far beyond their homes. Carrying the name and brand of your business far out into the ether of forests and landscapes that surround our towns and cities.
They may meet me halfway across the country, but they will know that
a local business such as yours helped exponentially in getting me there.
I run this website and blog that I update daily, and maintain an active social media presence, which I intend to use to record and share my trip with everyone back home, and whoever I meet along the way. With a contribution worth five hundred dollars or more, any media you provide me, logos, contact info, links to a website, can be included on my site, permanently on the homepage as well as on any specifically related articles or social media posts. I can also offer to attach a small patch, or logo to my pack, and hand out any stickers or other compact merchandise you may have available. Beyond that, your investment goes one hundred percent toward maintaining the farm I leave behind, supporting my needs throughout my journey to upstate New York, gaining valuable contacts and connections along the way, and educating people to produce as many life resources as possible when, where, however they can. To not just make local a project, but to project local outward in every direction. You don’t lay down roots so that you can stay in one place forever. You do it so that no matter how far you go, you know what it means to have a home. A full bodied habitat.
Food, water, shelter. As much as possible, as close to as local as possible.
I want to thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to working with you in whatever capacity best serves your business.
Let me know what I can do to help make that possible.
Any contribution whatsoever goes beyond helpful.