Slow Money Letter: January 2013

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The Slow Money Letter January 2013
Woody TaschWoody Tasch Dear Slow Money friends, The Chinese New Year is rolling around in February, ushering in the Year of the Snake. It seems only right for us, then, to call 2013, the year in which we push forward with the Soil Trust, the Year of the Earthworm. Here’s how a bunch of us earthworms are getting the year off to a great start.  Read letter.

Relocalize: Tim Dyer started West Georgia Processing, a local slaughterhouse in Carrollton, Ga., to reintroduce a once-vanished craft into his community. He now provides Olivia Sargeant with locally sourced meat for her two restaurants and offers a meat CSA in nearby Athens. Information artwork by Douglas Gayeton for the Lexicon of Sustainability.

Funding Local Food Businesses with Credibles, by Arno Hesse

How often do we hear “We need Slow Money, fast”? Investing money in small food businesses can be a lengthy process, in many cases open to accredited investors only. The new crowdfunding service Credibles, homegrown in the Slow Money family, makes it easy to fund local food businesses by paying for your food ahead of time, in exchange for edible creditsRead story.

Hillside Supper Club: A Story of Credibles in Action

Click to learn more about the compost royalty dealBy Tony Ferrari and Jonathan Sutton

Hillside Supper Club is a neighborhood restaurant in San Francisco embedded in the community of Bernal Heights. Our place is a social, casual gathering of people who enjoy eating and drinking, love good food and like to meet new friends. After meeting Slow Food’s Carlo Petrini and Alice Waters earlier this year, we are even more inspired and committed to producing simple, locally sourced, market-driven, seasonal food. Read story.

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As we begin a new year, word from our three newest chapters.
San Luis Obispo County
As reported by Jeff Wade.
Formation meetings; chapter recognition; first loan; 2013 promotion; building website.

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So Cal
As reported by Kyle Scrimgeour.
Chapter formed; four meetings held; fundraising launch and entrepreneur connect at NPEW in Anaheim; sustainable entrepreneur showcase.

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As reported by Raphael Souchier.
Task force formed; researching new legal and financial tools; first investment project in sight.

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From the Library

“It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. … This is the way our universe is structured, this is its interrelated quality. We aren’t going to have peace on Earth until we recognize this basic fact of the interrelated structure of all reality.” See more.

— Martin Luther King Jr., first delivered as a sermon at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he served as co-pastor. On Christmas Eve 1967, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation aired this sermon as part of the seventh annual Massey Lectures.

Excerpt selected by Michelle Long, Executive Director, Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE).

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Select the video to see this month’s Slow Money Minute by corporate finance and business consultant Scott Collier, managing director at Pasadera Capital in Northern California. Then tell us what “bringing money back down to earth” means to you. Please send us your own Slow Money Minute, a video approximately one minute in length, sharing how what you do in the world dovetails with the Slow Money principles and vision.

Localist photography by Douglas Gayeton


Illustrations by Jere Dean / Urban Octopus

Slow Money Index

Modern Dairy, China, 2012 revenues: $270m

Modern Dairy, China, 2012 net income: $63m

Modern Dairy, China, number of farms: 20

Modern Dairy, China, number of cows: 159,000

Average number of cows per farm: 7,950

Organic Valley, US 2012 revenues: $860m

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