SOIL: Notes Towards the Theory and Practice of Nurture Capital

Woody Tasch


It is about billions and trillions of dollars in the global economy, and billions and trillions of microbes in healthy, fertile soil. Nurture capital is a vision of finance that starts where investing and philanthropy leave off, giving us a new way to reconnect to one another and places where we live, all the way down to local food systems and the soil.

About Woody Tasch

Woody Tasch is the author of Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered (Chelsea Green), SOIL: Notes Towards the Theory and Practice of Nurture Capital (Slow Money Institute), and AHA!: Fake Trillions, Real Billions, Beetcoin and the Great American Do-Over (Slow Money Institute). Tasch is former chairman of Investors’ Circle, a nonprofit angel network that has facilitated more than $200 million of investments in over 300 early-stage, sustainability-promoting companies. As treasurer of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation in the 1990s, he was a pioneer of mission-related investing. He was founding chairman of the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance. Utne Reader named him “One Of 25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.”


Chuck Collins

Chuck Collins, Program Director, Institute for Policy Studies

Tasch has penned a spectacularly original and entertaining book that connects the dots, keeps you smiling, and lifts up the best of regenerative agriculture, nurture capital, and community resilience. From this imaginative platform springs the new story, the new mythology required to sustain our beings.

Daniel Boese

Daniel Boese, Journalist (Hamburg, Germany)

Hands-on-hope, immensely uplifting, full of provocative poetry and enlightening prose. The more we start walking this path, the more we start solving the crises of climate, agriculture and finance—crises that seemed mindbogglingly unsolvable before you read this book.