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The Year of the Earthworm

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. Norm Baxter says

    This is my second attempt to secure this information about Slow Money and the Soil Trust.
    I could find no information on your site that assures me that the Soil Trust will be transparent and that an acceptable amount of money donated will actually go to the worthy projects that the fund undertakes. Specifically 1) How often will the fund be audited? 2) Where and when will fiscal information be posted or made available? 3) What operating expenses will the trust incur? 4) What are the salaries of officers and how do those salaries compare to similar 501c(3) organizations? 5) What percentage of income will be used to meet the stated goals of the trust? Waiting for your response.

    • Jake says

      Thank you for your interest. I’m Jake Bornstein. I’ve just joined the Slow Money staff and my primary responsibility is launching the Soil Trust. My main reply to your questions is: we are still very much in early launch mode. You could even say pre-launch mode, as our goal is for the official national launch to occur at Slow Money’s upcoming national gathering April 29-30 in Boulder, CO. The two sets of emails we sent out about the Soil Trust were early efforts to test demand and messaging. As for the mechanics of the Trust’s operations–including its management fees and other expenses–we are working out the specifics as we speak. We’ll unveil these specifics at the national gathering in April. All of the money raised online for the Soil Trust prior to April will be reserved for funding small food enterprises, with no fees or administrative expenses. We hope to begin deploying these moneys at our National Gathering. In summation: Be patient. Review our team. And recognize that we are in the very early stages of creating something that we hope will have lasting value.

      Thank you for your interest,

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