SOIL 2017

Bringing Our Money Back Down To Earth

October 16-17, 2017 / Boulder, CO

Slow Money 2013
Slow Money 2011
Beverly Grant

People are waking up to the importance of the soil. Soil fertility is vital for human health, resilient communities and strategies for combating climate change.

But most people don’t talk about soil and money in the same breath.

Since 2010, tens of thousands of us in dozens of communities have begun supporting local food enterprises that are building healthy soil. Through public meetings large and small, local networks, and lots of peer-to-peer learning, we’ve steered more than $57 million into 632 soil-building food enterprises.

Joel Salatin

Day One

Bringing together a group of renowned speakers to explore the relationship between the actual soil and the soil of a restorative economy. Join us for a full day of presentations, discussions, and productive collaboration, followed by a special evening program.

Decelerator

Day Two

This is an opportunity for up to 125 people to focus on SOIL—Slow Opportunities for Investing Locally—our new Colorado initiative. We’ll explore the state of the local food system and what success would look like for this new program.

Day One

October 16, 2017

Boulder Theater, Boulder, CO

Meet the thought leaders, activists, farmers, food entrepreneurs, and investors who are leading the charge around the country. We’ll be exploring everything from soil biology to human health to investing in local food systems. A full day of speaker presentations and discussions, followed by a special evening program: a talk by Winona LaDuke, and a showing of the new documentary on Wendell Berry’s life.

Bill McKibben

“What a pleasure to be part of a gathering that wasn’t just talking about the future but bending it! Slow Money is one of the keys to a healthy future.”

Bill McKibbenFounder, 350.org
Nancy Thellman

“The two Slow Money gatherings I attended were so compelling, so inspiring, so empowering, and yet so down-to-earth that it was impossible to walk away unchanged.”

Nancy ThellmanCounty Commissioner, Douglas County, KS
Slow Money 2014
Slow Money 2010
Douglas Gayeton

Speakers

Daphne Miller

Daphne Miller, MD

Physician, Author of Farmacology

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David Montgomery

David Montgomery

Author, MacArthur Fellow

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Winona Laduke

Winona LaDuke

Environmentalist, political activist

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Mary Berry

Mary Berry

Executive Director
The Berry Center

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Beverly Grant

Beverly Grant

Founder
Mo’ Betta Green MarketPlace

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Frederick Kirschenmann

Frederick L. Kirschenmann

President
Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture

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Esther Park

Esther Park

Chief Executive Officer
Cienega Capital

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Jacob Isrealow

Jacob Isrealow

Founder and Managing Director
Dirt Capital Partners

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Lindsey Shute

Lindsey Lusher Shute

Executive Director and Co-Founder
National Young Farmers Coalition

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Daniela Howell

Daniela Howell

Chief Executive Officer
Savory Institute

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Woody Tasch

Woody Tasch

Founder and Chairman
Slow Money Institute

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Leslie Christian

Leslie Christian

‎Investment Advisor
Northstar Asset Management

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Eric Becker

Eric Becker

Chief Investment Officer
Clean Yield Asset Management

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Jackie Smith

Jacqueline Smith

Founder
Central Grazing Company

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Mark Lewis

Mark Lewis

Vice President
Lewis Family Farm

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Brian Coppom

Brian Coppom

Executive Director
Boulder County Farmers’ Market

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Anne Cure

Anne Cure

Owner and Farmer
Cure Organic Farm

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Molly Haviland

Molly Haviland

Soil Building Expert
Haviland Earth Regeneration

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Nick Forster

Nick Forster

Founder and Host
eTown

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Drew Smith

Research Director for Vegetable Systems Trial
Rodale Institute

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John-Paul Maxfield

John-Paul Maxfield

Founder and CEO
Waste Farmers

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John-Paul Maxfield
John-Paul Maxfield

John-Paul Maxfield is the founder and CEO of Waste Farmers, an award-winning sustainable agriculture company cultivating solutions empowering the world to eat and grow sustainably. He started the company in 2009 with his massive savings ($9,000), insatiable curiosity, and a belief that idealism and capitalism could coexist. So far that belief still holds water and he remains as idealistic and curious as ever. Prior to starting Waste Farmers, John-Paul was an associate at a boutique private equity group specializing in small to mid-cap service companies. In 2011, for his work with Waste Farmers, he was named one of Colorado Statesman’s “Fifty for the Future” as well as Denver Business Journals’ “40 Under 40”. In 2013, John-Paul was named 5280’s “Top of the Town Environmentalist.” John-Paul is also a founding member of the Colorado-based Americana band, Coal Town Reunion.

Andrew Smith

Dr. Andrew Smith is the Research Director for Vegetable Systems Trial at Rodale Institute. Rodale Institute is committed to groundbreaking research in organic agriculture, advocating for policies that support farmers, and educating people about how organic is the safest, healthiest option for people and the planet. Dr. Smith oversees the project, measuring soil quality, economic profit, insect damage and weed tolerance, and nutritional quality – quantity of nutrients and other components – in organic and conventional vegetables. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Agronomy and Crop Science from Cornell University, Master’s Degree in Entomology from University of Maryland, and recently, Ph.D in Molecular Ecology from Drexel University. Dr. Smith has also studied Integrated Pest Management in Guatemala with the Peace Corp as well as managed a fruit and vegetable farm for 9-10 years.

Nick Forster
Nick Forster

Musician, songwriter and producer Nick Forster has performed worldwide with his awardwinning bluegrass band, Hot Rize. He’s been on countless radio and television programs, including “A Prairie Home Companion,” “The Grand Ole Opry” and “Austin City Limits.” Rolling Stone magazine calls Nick “an exceptional songwriter . . . unquestionably a virtuoso.” As the founder and host of eTown, his quick warm wit, stellar musicianship and strong vocals are hallmarks of the show. eTown is heard weekly on 300 radio stations across the U.S. and podcast worldwide and Nick continues to perform and record with various artists, including Hot Rize.

Mary Berry
Mary Berry

The Berry Center Executive Director Mary Berry and her brother, Den Berry, were raised by their parents, Wendell and Tanya Berry, at Lanes Landing Farm in Henry County, Kentucky from the time she was six years old. She attended Henry County public schools and graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1981. She farmed for a living in Henry County starting out in dairy farming, growing Burley tobacco, and later diversifying to organic vegetables, pastured poultry and grassfed beef. Mary is married to Trimble County, Kentucky farmer, Steve Smith, who started the first Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farming endeavor in the state of Kentucky.

The Berry Center was started in 2011 to continue the agricultural work of John Berry, Sr. and his sons Wendell Berry and John Berry, Jr. John Berry, Sr. was a staunch advocate for small farmers and land conserving economies. His sons took up his work and have continued it. The Berry Center has now taken it up, and is focused on issues confronting small farming families in Kentucky and around the country. Our focus may shift because of need, but it will not move from what we believe to be the central issue of our time: the need for a healthy and sustainable agriculture in this country.

Molly Haviland
Molly Haviland

The Great Sand Dunes National Park, in Southern Colorado, was home to Molly’s family for many years. She and her sisters enjoyed a backyard of pinion pine tree covered mountains and clean streams to play in. They didn’t know how lucky they were. Years later, she would pursue a B.S. in Sustainable Living in one of the most land-altered regions in the U.S., the Midwest. Iowa is notorious for being the most man-manipulated state in the U.S. and it was while living there that she witnessed soil loss, food, land and water degradation that would be the catalyst for a paradigm shift in her life. Under the direction of her mentor, Dr. Elaine Ingham and the support of the Maharishi University of Management, she started The Living Soil Compost Lab. She and her team made the highest quality compost with diverse microbial life. They did applications throughout the community and trained others to do it for themselves. Molly is now the director of Haviland Earth Regeneration (HER). She has had the pleasure and honor of working with farmers, composting operations, universities, and government organizations throughout the world in education for soil building techniques.

Anne Cure
Anne Cure

Anne Cure is Farm Manager at Cure Organic Farm. Anne has farmed in the pacific northwest at Full Circle Farm, and in Colorado at Short Grass Farm, and Hedgerow Farm. She is thrilled to call Cure Organic Farm home. Anne makes the crop plans and leads us through the seasons in the fields. She is active in working to keep agriculture land in the hands of farmers, and is passionate about bringing more young farmers into the fields. She believes that community involvement is instrumental in the revival of small family farms. Anne is dedicated to using sustainable methods that help to maintain a healthy farm ecosystem, and is often introducing new crops as well as animals into the mix.

Daniela Howell
Daniela Howell

A native Argentinean, Daniela is an agronomist by profession specialized in natural resource management and economics. With over 25 years of international experience in the field of regenerative resource management and policy, coupled with her hands-on land management experience in a variety of ecological and cultural environments, Daniela co founded with Allan Savory and other colleagues the Savory Institute in 2009, and became its CEO in 2011. Since then she has led the design and implementation of a revolutionary entrepreneurial, grassroots, network based strategy to reverse desertification and tackle systemic food, water and climate change issues. She has served as advisor to sustainability initiatives such as UN Global Compact, UN Rio+20, Solidaridad Farmers Support Program, Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, Sustainable Agriculture Network, HRH Prince of Wales Campaign for Wool, 4×1000 French initiative, COPs, and TNC’s sustainable grazing initiative among others.

Mark Lewis
Mark Lewis

Mark is Managing Partner at TheBigWonderful and Vice President at Lewis Family Farm. TheBigWonderful creates and produces festivals and marketplaces that weave local music, food, craft, and beverage with the hope of building community and local businesses in a fun environment. Lewis Family Farm is a certified organic operation near Hoyt, CO in the Kiowa-Bijou closed aquifer basin. Over the past few seasons the farm has produced organic alfalfa, corn, wheat, sudangrass, oats, peas, and small-batch alfalfa honey. Previously, Mark worked and invested with GSSG Solar Partners, a private equity firm dedicated to financing and owning utility-scale photovoltaic solar power projects, mostly located on abandoned golf courses in the Fukushima prefecture of Japan. He has also previously served on the Board of Directors for Revision and e-town, two environmental/social nonprofits. Regenerative agriculture, renewable energy, and a little live music and outdoor recreation make up the future Mark is interested in.

Lindsey Shute
Lindsey Lusher Shute

With a background in organizing and state policy, Lindsey co-founded NYFC as a platform for young, progressive farmers to have a meaningful influence on the structural obstacles in the way of their success. Lindsey is a respected speaker and an expert on the structural issues facing family farms. In 2014, she was named a “Champion of Change” by the White House. She and her husband own and operate Hearty Roots farm in the Hudson Valley.

Jackie Smith
Jacqueline Smith

In 2000, Jacqueline Smith received a degree in Studio Art and Design from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. After graduating, Jacqueline joined the Peace Corps, where she learned the valuable link between local food systems and the health of the economy and the environment. After her return, Jacqueline pursued her passion for sustainable and environmental agricultural.

In 2006, she co-founded a small sheep dairy and creamery in Missouri. She managed her flock using regenerative grazing methods along with high animal welfare standards. Her creamery was awarded multiple national awards by the American Cheese Society for outstanding quality and flavor.

Jacqueline founded Central Grazing Company in 2015 to create a market for Animal Welfare Approved (AWA) lamb products. Central Grazing Company sells AWA lamb products to the natural food wholesale, retail and foodservice markets through direct distribution. Today, Central Grazing Company, produces 21 different lamb meat, leather and wool products from lambs raised on eight small, family-owned AWA farms. Jacqueline also raises lamb for Central Grazing Company on her farm in Kansas.

David Montgomery
David Montgomery

David R. Montgomery is a MacArthur Fellow and professor of geomorphology at the University of Washington. He is an internationally recognized geologist who studies landscape evolution and the effects of geological processes on ecological systems and human societies. An author of award-winning popular-science books (King of Fish, Dirt, The Rocks Don’t Lie and The Hidden Half of Nature), he has been featured in documentary films, network and cable news, and on a wide variety of TV and radio programs, including NOVA, PBS NewsHour, Fox and Friends, and All Things Considered. When not writing or doing geology, he plays guitar and piano in the band Big Dirt. He lives in Seattle, with his wife Anne Biklé and their black lab guide-dog dropout Loki. Connect with him at www.dig2grow.com or follow him on Twitter (@dig2grow).

Daphne Miller
Daphne Miller, MD

Daphne Miller, MD, is a practicing family physician, author and Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California San Francisco. For the past fifteen years, her leadership, advocacy and writing have focused on aligning all aspects of food production and agriculture with human health. Daphne is the author of two acclaimed books: The Jungle Effect, The Science and Wisdom of Traditional Diets (HarperCollins 2008) and Farmacology: Total Health from the Ground Up (HarperCollins 2013). In 2000, Miller founded WholefamilyMD, the first integrative primary care practice in San Francisco. She is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Medical School and completed her family medicine residency and an NIH-funded primary care research fellowship at UCSF. She has served as a senior advisor for the Prevention Institute, is a past Fellow at the Berkeley Food Institute and a past Bravewell Fellow at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine.

Frederick Kirschenmann
Frederick L. Kirschenmann

Frederick Kirschenmann shares an appointment as Distinguished Fellow for the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University and as President of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, New York. He served as the Leopold Center’s second director from July 2000 to November 2005 and has been recognized widely for his work. He also continues to manage his family’s 1,800-acre certified organic farm in south central North Dakota, where he developed a diverse crop rotation that has enabled him to farm productively without synthetic inputs (fertilizers or pesticides) while simultaneously improving the health of the soil. His farm has been featured in numerous publications including National Geographic, Business Week, Audubon, the LA Times and Gourmet magazine.

Beverly Grant
Beverly Grant

Beverly Grant is a proud Denver native and has been an entrepreneur for more than 25 years. She is dedicated to shaping food policy and broadening not only food access, but also food and nutrition literacy. Beverly founded the urban farmer’s market, Mo’ Betta Green Marketplace in June 2011 in Denver’s historic Five Points neighborhood on three principles: Food literacy, environmental stewardship and social responsibility. In October of 2015, Beverly founded Seeds of Power Unity Farm to provide a community learning platform for urban agriculture and design, and it is also a small production site for heirloom vegetables sourced directly to Mo’ Betta Green. Since it’s opening, Seeds of Power Unity Farm and Mo’ Betta Green Marketplace have improved community connectedness, increased awareness between food consumption and overall wellness, and helped to link disconnected populations to local food and pathways to active living.

Jacob Isrealow
Jacob Isrealow

Jacob founded Dirt Capital Partners in 2013 as a platform to channel private investment in support of farmland access, conservation and long-term land security for sustainable farmers in the Northeast.

Previously, Jacob was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs in Asia, where he spent five years acquiring and developing real estate and infrastructure on behalf of the firm. He is also a co-founder of Empire Cider Company and a Board Director at The Farm Bridge, a for-profit food hub in Kingston, NY.

Jacob presently serves on the Board of the National Young Farmers Coalition and on the New York Advisory Council of the American Farmland Trust. He has an MBA from Columbia Business School, an MA from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a BA from Williams College, where as an alumnus he helped initiate the College’s sustainable food and agriculture program on campus.

Woody Tasch
Woody Tasch

Woody Tasch is the Founder and Chairman of the Slow Money Institute and author of Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered (Chelsea Green). Woody is widely renowned as a thought leader in patient capital, mission-related investing and community development venture capital. He is former Chairman and CEO of Investor’s Circle (IC), one of the oldest angel networks in the country, and former treasurer of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation.

Leslie Christian
Leslie Christian

Leslie is a financial advisor who has been a leader in social and environmental investing for decades. She is a senior advisor at RSF Social Finance and NorthStar Asset Management and past board member and treasurer of the Business Alliance For Local Living Economies (BALLE). She was previously president and CEO of Portfolio 21 Investments.

Esther Park
Esther Park

Esther Park is the CEO of Cienega Capital, a single family investment firm utilizing an integrated capital approach to systemic change in the areas of soil health, regenerative agriculture, and local food systems. Esther also serves as a Board member at New Resource Bank, Nutiva, City Fresh Foods, Custom Foods Holdings, and Carman Ranch Provisions, and is an Advisor to Kitchen Table Advisors. Esther previously served as the Director of Lending and Vice President for Strategy and Business Development at RSF Social Finance, and Senior Consultant at ShoreBank Advisory Services.

Brian Coppom
Brian Coppom

Brian, his wife, and their three children are residents of Longmont, Colorado – a small and formerly-ag community outside of Boulder. His work history is primarily made up of working in small or entrepreneurial organizations in various roles. Prior to joining the Boulder County Farmers’ Markets, he managed teams of five to 30 for technology innovation companies including CEO of a provider of telecommunications program management and engineering solutions and Vice President of an air-filtration technology company with national distribution. Brian’s time in business allowed him to gain 20 years in business leadership, business operations, business development and product development experience.

Eric Becker
Eric Becker

Eric Becker is chief investment officer at Clean Yield Asset Management. He has been engaged in social and environmental investing since 1993. Eric co-founded Slow Money Boston and Slow Money Vermont, as well as the Vermont Food Investors Network. He is a founding board member of Soil4Climate. Eric serves as a Trustee of Sterling College in Craftsbury Common, Vermont. He was also a founding board member of The Carrot Project.

Winona Laduke
Winona LaDuke

Winona LaDuke is an internationally renowned activist working on issues of sustainable development renewable energy and food systems. She lives and works on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota, and is a two time vice presidential candidate with Ralph Nader for the Green Party.

As Program Director of the Honor the Earth, she works nationally and internationally on the issues of climate change, renewable energy, and environmental justice with Indigenous communities. And in her own community, she is the founder of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, one of the largest reservation based non profit organizations in the country, and a leader in the issues of culturally based sustainable development strategies, renewable energy and food systems. In this work, she also continues national and international work to protect Indigenous plants and heritage foods from patenting and genetic engineering.

Bill McKibben
Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben is a founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org and the Schumann Distinguished Professor in Residence at Middlebury College in Vermont. He is a 2014 recipient of the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes called the ‘alternative Nobel’ and is a founding fellow of the Sanders Institute. He has written a dozen books about the environment, including his first, The End of Nature, published 25 years ago, and his most recent, Oil and Honey.

Vandana Shiva
Slow Money 2014
Slow Money 2014

Program

8:00AM – 9:00AM

Registration and Check-in

9:00AM – 9:05AM

Musical Invocation, Nick Forster

9:05AM – 9:45AM

Welcome and Opening Keynote Address, Woody Tasch

9:45AM – 10:30AM

Keynote Address, Daphne Miller

10:30AM – 11:00AM

Break

11:00AM – 12:00PM

12:00PM – 2:00PM

Lunch

2:00PM – 2:45PM

Keynote Address, David Montgomery

2:45PM – 3:45PM

3:45PM – 4:15PM

Break and Book Signing

4:15PM – 5:15PM

Conversation: Money, Mark Lewis, Esther Park, Jacob Israelow, Leslie Christian, Eric Becker (moderator)

5:15PM – 7:00PM

SoilFest Block Party, with Food, Music and Beer

7:00PM – 7:10PM

Video Conference, Bill McKibben

7:10PM – 7:40PM

Keynote Address, Winona LaDuke

7:40PM – 9:00PM

9:00PM – 9:15PM

Film Q&A with Mary Berry

SoilFest

An Oktoberfest-themed block party that will highlight some of Boulder’s great local food, drink and music! SoilFest will be free and open to the public and will be a great opportunity to network with fellow local food supporters!

Look and See
Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry (free and open to the public)

This cinematic portrait of the changing landscapes and shifting values of rural America in the era of industrial agriculture is seen through the mind’s eye of farmer and writer Wendell Berry.

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Sponsors

Boulder County Farmers' Market
Mamma Chia
Trillium
Cienega Capital
University of Colorado Boulder
RSF Social Finance
Boulder Brands
Cloudview
Vegfund
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Fresh Pond Capital
King Arthur
Lucky's Market
New Resource Bank
Northstar
Organic Valley
Sustainability Group
Boulder Food Group
Castanea Foundation
Iroquois Valley
Rocky Mountain Farmers Union
Environmental Communications Associates
Moye White
Pax World
Waste Farmers
Boulder Theater
Big Wonderful

Our Venue: Boulder Theater

Boulder Theater