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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).

In 2018, SOIL—Slow Opportunities for Investing Locally—was launched in Boulder, CO to make 0% loans.

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  • Native Hill Farm

    In Fort Collins, CO, Nic Koontz and Katie Slota of Native Hill Farm received a $30,000 loan.

  • Two Roots Farm

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

  • Narendra Varma

    Narendra Varma founded and operates Our Table Cooperative (Portland, OR), an organic farm and co-op, with his own capital and funding from seven slow money investors, totaling $800,000.

  • Richardson Farms

    In Austin, TX, Jim Richardson receieved a $97,000 loan to purchase a low-temperature pasteurizer for their dairy.

  • Central Grazing Company

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

  • 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.

  • Aspen Moon Farm

    Aspen Moon Farm (Longmont, CO) recently received a $30,000 0% loan from SOIL.

  • Rocky Mountain Micro Ranch

    Wendy Lu McGill, founder of Rocky Mountain Micro Ranch, an insect farm in Denver, received a 0% loan from SOIL.

SOIL—Slow Opportunities for Investing Locally

A new way to fund local and organic food

We invite you to join us in pioneering a new way to support local food systems on Colorado’s Front Range. You become a member of SOIL with a tax deductible donation of $250 or more. Then, members make 0% loans to local farmers and food entrepreneurs, by majority vote—one member, one vote, no matter what the size of your donation.

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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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Real Billions and Real Trillions

While I was searching for images of life in the soil, I came upon the following on Sweet Bay Farm’s website (see above). They’re working to restore soils depleted by decades of monoculture—the continual cultivation of a single crop, in this case tobacco—so this picture of several earthworm tunnels in a clod does not yet suggest anything teeming.

A Conversation With Jeff Moyer

Jeff, before we begin, I want to thank you for the images of the jars of water, one with soil rich in organic matter and one with the dissolved murkiness of soil that is deficient in carbon. Ever since you showed those images during a public talk a decade or so ago, the comparison has stuck with me.

Colorado Soil Systems Receives 0% Loan

In 2016, Colorado Soil Systems received a $15,000 zero-percent loan from the 2Forks Club. This loan allowed us to establish a fruit-tree rootstock nursery to preserve indigenous trees that grow in the valley; purchase irrigation supplies, fencing, and soil amendments; and embark on a vegetable- and flower- production operation.

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