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From Bitcoin to Beets

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.

Reader Interactions


  1. Alvin says

    Beets, 100%grass-fed BEEF, and the real American economic solution. Invest in your food source today! Happy Easter, or Happy Spring! Either allows you to honor creation! Be well, Alvin

    • Isabel Cohen says

      We must rid the world of genetically modified crops and glyphosate. Then we can go back to the natural way of doing things on our land. Only with the glyphosate gone can we continue to have life on this planet! All of the other dangerous pesticides must also go!

      • Jan Hoadley says

        We must have enough demand to pay for it. From nonGMO to pesticides as long as we’re begging for a market and have food options unsold, it underscores all have food choices and most are not with us. If all were, we couldn’t keep up. Having a balance is needed – and enough of the right help creating a demand without fear factor.

  2. John B says

    Dear Woody,

    I support your call for a shift of ‘where’ our investments are directed but we’ll need the systems to do this too; the JOBS Act didn’t really help, in my view; it ultimately limited unaccredited investors (those of use who have less than $500k for married couple or $1M per person) ability to invest. For instance, if you make under $100k, then you can only invest 5% of your annual income – so $5k for someone who makes $100k. If you make more than $100k, then you can put in at least 10%. But we are limited… I wrote about this a little here, along the same themes of going local on money:

    I also think your idea of supporting food enterprises in on point, and of course I should, I started a small business that focuses on doing just that: I think the biggest lesson learned for me is how significant understanding the financial mechanisms that can support new businesses – but its not just this. There is a lot of misunderstanding between being really good at say cooking up pies and then actually running the business behind that. Not insurmountable, just a place for a steep learning curve and an opportunity for folks to jump into.

    Keep up the good work and let’s talk more about this!

    With every good wish,
    John B

  3. Dylan Oliver says

    you seem to have a very limited understanding of bitcoin. this is apparent in your repeated conflation of bitcoin with the very global banking networks it threatens to render obsolete. please do your readers a favor and refrain from writing on the subject until you have taken the time to understand that bitcoin is the single most effective extant mechanism for transferring wealth to date. bitcoin transfers are direct and practically immediate with global reconciliation every ten minutes. this is indeed fast but in no way an excuse to frivolously label it the polar opposite of slow money. bitcoin transfers are free and do not rely on or directly enrich the global banking structures you decry.

    regarding mt gox, a more responsible author might read enough to understand that the hack was not against bitcoin itself but how mt gox failed to verify transactions in its own software. my wallet provider, coinbase, suffered no such difficulties.

    finally, regarding the apparent complexity of bitcoin as an algorithm which just seems sooo very confusing to you, please also consider that the entirety of the natural universe is efficiently and more and more accurately described by algorithms. your beets are the products of algorithms on many levels. you do not need to concern yourself with these in order to grow them, but some attention to what’s actually going on at a deeper level may improve your yields. not in an exploitive way but in nature’s “oh hey thanks for listening and being aware” kind of way.

    • Erik Carson says

      I echo Mr. Oliver sentiments.

      As an organic farmer and a bitcoin enthusiast, it saddens me when people see bitcoin deduced to ‘crazy digital money’ that is just a get-rich-quick scheme, and not a viable alternative to this monetary model.

      If you take the time to understand bitcoin on a deeper level you will see that it is not ‘slow money’ but sustainable money. Inflation has ate away 96% of the value of the dollar over the last century, encouraging debt monetization and an economic model based upon borrowing and crony capitalism.

      If we are to create a real economy based upon these concepts of slow money, there must be an understanding that it cannot be done with an unsound money like the U.S. Dollar. Please try to see that bitcoin is an alternative to this current financial system that has created the greatest disparity in wealth the the world has ever seen.

      • Chad Lott says

        I completely agree with Dylan Oliver and Erik Carson.

        This article demonstrates a complete misunderstanding of the potential of Bitcoin to help the community Slow Money supports.

        Imagine cashless transactions with very little fees. Imagine money staying out of the hands of crop speculators. Imagine money going into the hands of hard working undocumented workers and being sent home to their families without massive fees. Imagine people in control of the economy. Imagine crowdfunded loans on scale that organizations like Credibles only dream about.

        Bitcoin isn’t magic. It is simply a useful technology that has major utility for small businesses.

          • Mickey McLaughlin says

            I have the same problem with bitcoin, that I do with any type of money. It is only worth what someone will give you for it. In other words, it really has no real worth. You can eat beets. You can keep your bit coins. They are just another form of the same ol story.

  4. Maggi says

    I’m with Mickey…I surely enjoy the veggies, flowers, eggs, pork, beef, chicken and many other delights that come from my local organic farms. I enjoy the conversations with the farmers at the market. Yes, dollars and cents are only worth what we obtain in exchange. There is so much more to investing than a cyber screen with numbers on it. We don’t even get paper certificates anymore – nothing tangible when we invest in banks and bonds. Fortunately, I live in organic farm country.

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