is the story of how one small southern US town found actual solutions
to actual problems. Unwilling to rely on the government and wary
of large corporations, these residents discovered it is possible
for a community to feed itself, fuel itself, heal itself, and
This book is filled with newspaper columns, blog entries, letters,
and essays that have appeared on the margins of small-town economies.
Tough subjects are handled with humor and finesse. Compelling
stories of successful small businesses, from the grocery co-op
to the biodiesel co-op, describe a town and its people on a genuine
quest for sustainability.
Everyone interested in sustainability, local economy, small business,
and whole foods will be inspired by the success stories in this
In Small is Possible, Estill chronicles the failures and
victories of an ongoing movement for sustainability and local
resiliency in Chatham County, located in the piedmont region of
North Carolina. Estill is a legitimate source on the subject:
he co-founded Piedmont Biofuels, a biodiesel co-op that went from
backyard operation into an industrial plant in a few short years.
The characters in Estill's world are both entertaining and endearing.
Many of them show a flinty defiance, positioning themselves as
courageous Daniels against the Goliaths of corporate greed and
globalization. Readers interested in academic arguments for local
economies can find other books on the subject, but if they want
a compelling story about noble atempts to walk the talk, Small
is Possible delivers. - Brian Baughan, Sustainablog
pages, 2008, 6" x 9", paperbound