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We must bring money back down to earth.

Fast money and fast food are destroying our communities, our health, and our soil.

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Fixing the economy from the ground up

Starting with food

Building local food systems is one of the most direct, powerful ways to begin addressing critical challenges of our time—climate change, health, community resilience. Since 2010, over $66 million has been invested in 697 organic farms and food enterprises, via dozens of local Slow Money groups around the country (and a few abroad).

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  • Two Roots Farm

    In Carbondale, Colorado, Harper and Christian received a $7,500 loan to help them purchase materials for a mobile walk-in cooler and drip-irrigation system.

  • Central Grazing Company

    In Lawrence, Kansas, a $45,000 low-interest loan enabled Jackie to expand her Animal Welfare Approved lamb products into 15 states.

  • Re:Vision

    In Denver, Re:Vision received a $65,000 grant to develop the Westwood Food Cooperative, one of the first cooperatives in the country owned and operated by a low-income community.

  • Bahner Farm

    In Maine, a $7,000 low-interest loan enabled Bahner Farm to purchase a box truck so they could expand sales at farmers markets.

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SOIL by Woody Tasch

This is a call to farms”

Poetry, essays, photos and more

Since 2009, Slow Money founder Woody Tasch has been at the forefront of a new economic story—a story about bringing our money back down to earth. His first book sparked a movement. His second book carries his thought leadership forward.

"A must read—fun, provocative, inspiring—for all who care about food, finance, culture and soil."

—Leslie Christian, Northstar Asset Management

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Through public meetings large and small, and peer-to-peer relationships, Slow Money local groups catalyze the direct flow of capital to organic farmers and food entrepreneurs. See if there's a local group near you!

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Slow Money North Carolina leader Carol Hewitt and Boulted Bread cofounder Fulton Forde.

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Maui Breadfruit Company Receives Slow Money

I am convinced that breadfruit has more potential to address food security than does any other crop in Hawaii, where we import about 90% of what we eat. Developing our local small-chain food supply is truly essential in overcoming this staggering figure.

A Figure Without a Ground Cannot Stand

A few years ago, I got a call from New York Times reporter Ron Lieber, who writes for the Your Money column. “My next column,” he told me, “is going to be called ‘Investing For The Truly Fed Up’. I can’t tell you how many folks I hear from who don’t want to invest in the military or sweatshops or tobacco or gambling or nuclear power, and now there’s a whole new wave of folks who are adding fossil fuel to the list.

Celebrating the Real “Angels” in a New Food Economy

Many people relate to angels and have their own definitions of them. In the food system world, “angels” are investors, often known as venture capitalists (VC), typically focused on startups that hold promise of fast growth and exits to allow for large financial returns. VC investors understand that only 1 out of 10 investments will likely succeed, and often choose to invest in the technology sector.

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