SOIL: Notes Towards the Theory and Practice of Nurture Capital


We can’t all be Noam Chomsky or Ayn Rand or Wendell Berry or Bingo Pajama,¹ but that doesn’t mean each and every one of us can’t get the hint. We need a new story. Maybe even a new myth. We need to rediscover imagination.
From left, Nataka Crayton-Walker, Greg Bodine, and Bobby Walker at a City Growers microfarm in Dorchester. | Photo by Leise Jones/City Growers

The Future of Urban Farming

Some sights in the neighborhood were so common that I had stopped noticing them; but then one day they came into view. While driving down Harold Street on the way to my cousin’s house, I noticed a vacant lot on my left and then, just a block down, I saw two large vacant lots on my right.
SOIL 2017 Day 2

SOIL 2017 – Day 2 Recap

It is our pleasure to share with you a few photos from Day 2 of SOIL 2017 at Lone Hawk Farm in Longmont, Colorado. These photos capture a beautiful day of launching Slow Opportunities for Investing Locally—our new Colorado initiative.
SOIL 2017

SOIL 2017 - Day 1 Recap

It is our pleasure to share with you a few photos from SOIL 2017 in Boulder, Colorado. These photos capture a beautiful day of sharing and learning and vital public conversation about the relationship between the actual soil and the soil of a restorative economy.
White nationalists rally on the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville, Va. (left) | The Skokans, Black Cat Farm & Black Cat Farm Table Bistro (right)

Roots of Violence, Seeds of Peace

Too often, violence is in our face. Charlottesville. Las Vegas. North Korea nuclear saber rattling. And too often, it’s as quiet as an algorithm. As innocuous as a drive to the supermarket. As shelf-stable as a Twinkie.
Marie Curie, a very prudent woman, theorizing with Henri Poincaré at the first Solvay Conference in 1911.

The Prudent Woman

The world of investing abides by various rules. Some are defined and articulated in formal legislation and regulations, while others are based on customs, common practices, and opinions expressed by jurists in court cases. The expectation of “prudence” in financial management is one such case.
Daphne Miller, MD

A Conversation With Dr. Daphne Miller

People are getting so sick because they aren’t connected to a healthy food system. Medicine is putting out fires, it gets to people way too late. We need to work upstream, outside the medical model.
Jarred Maxwell (left) and Tandem Farm Co. owner Jordan Bednar (right)

The Right Shirt

One of the most difficult things I’ve experienced
 about working within the Slow Money community is
 the uncertainty that comes with trying to move in a
 fundamentally new direction.
Ayers Brook Goat Dairy

A Slow Money Journey

The idea was simple at the beginning, back in 2006: find a fund in which my clients could invest their money that would finance farms and businesses involved in sustainable agriculture.