Photo (CC BY 2.0) by Caroline Davis

The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health

We can’t help but see the world differently after unearthing the parallels in the essential roles that microbes play in both soil health and human health.
Buttercup Farms, Howard, Colorado

Buttercup Farms Receives Loan From Slow Money Investment Club

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by Tom Abood
Bonnie Yarbrough, owner of Buttercup Farms, was referred to Local Matters Investments, our Denver-based Slow Money investment club, by Tamara Campfield, one of our founding members and treasurer.
Photo: Oregon Department of Agriculture, Creative Commons

A Slow Money Reader

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by Odessa Piper
The difference between a sun-ripened strawberry and a blast-chilled one is an inconvenient detail most recipe editors prefer to take out. “But,” I plead to the editor, “your rendition won’t taste anything like the berry salad you had at my restaurant.”
Deb Melanson and Annabelle Singleton, owners of The Port Grocer

A How-To Manual For Growing A Community

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by Linda Best
In the small township of Port Medway on Nova Scotia’s South Shore, Annabelle Singleton and Debra Melanson, their husbands, and their staff have made The Port Grocer into the heart of the community.
Don Lareau and Daphne Yannakakis, Zephyros Farm and Garden

How a Zero-Percent Loan is Helping This Colorado Farm

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by Don Lareau
Zephyros Farm and Garden has always sought diversity and quality in its organic production. When Daphne and I started this farm 13 years ago, like many young couples starting out, we wanted it all.
Bluebird Hill Farm

This Picturesque 13-Acre Organic Farm Could Be Yours

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by Kyle Bahr
Norma Burns, an architect-turned-farmer, has owned and operated Bluebird Hill Farm for nearly 18 years, growing herbs, specialty vegetables, flowers, and native plants.
Fred Kirschenmann on his family's 1,800-acre certified organic farm in south central North Dakota.

From Soil to Sustainability

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by Frederick Kirschenmann
Defining Sustainability. As most everyone interested in sustainability knows by now, the concept has been appropriated by numerous entities and used in various ways, often to achieve different objectives.
Land cleared of rain forest for establishment of oil palm plantation in Sabah, Malaysia. Photo by T. R. Shankar Raman.

Life After Conventional Finance

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by Marco Vangelisti
I am a refugee from conventional finance. It all started in the most innocent and promising way: a graduate student in math and economics.
Boulted Bread

Investment: Boulted Bread

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by Carol Peppe Hewitt
When Sam Kirkpatrick and Fulton Forde got together to open their bakery, Boulted Bread, in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, they had an ambitious goal. They wanted to use fresh-milled, locally sourced grain.