| ||2Forks Club ||Investment Club ||Aspen, CO ||2Forks is the first local Slow Money club to form as a nonprofit with its own 501(c)(3). Members have contributed from $250 to $15,000, providing the club with its initial capitalization of $100,000 in April 2015. The club will make zero percent loans to small food producers in the Roaring Fork and North Fork valleys.
As a community-based nonprofit, 2Forks considers education a vital part of its mission and will explore ways to promote Slow Money's vision and increase public awareness about connections to food, money and the soil.|
| ||Austin Foodshed Investors ||Investment Club ||Austin, TX ||We soft launched in Q1 2015. We've built an initial group of accredited investors, ran a successful pitchfest, closed one deal, and are on the way to several more. We're interested in talking to accredited investors, sustainable food entrepreneurs, and complementary organizations to create a new way to support a robust regional food system. |
| ||Gateway Harvest LLC ||Investment Club ||St. Louis, MO ||Gateway HarVest, LLC is a food and farm focused investment club. We make direct, low interest loans to local enterprises that need a small sum to make a big impact on the growth of the St. Louis’ sustainable food system and local economy. |
| ||Iowa Pollinators ||Investment Club ||Iowa City, IA ||Iowa Pollinators LLC is a Slow Money investment club that supports local food and farm enterprises in Johnson County IA and surrounding counties. Please contact us if you’re interested in a flexible low-interest micro-loan or in becoming a member.|
| ||Let's Eat Investment Group ||Investment Club ||Omaha, NE, United States ||Let’s Eat Investment Group, llc is about local food and local community. We support entrepreneur growers and purveyors in Nebraska and Iowa through loans of up to $10,000. Our member investors follow the Slow Money principles of investing and seek to "bring money back down to earth." Let’s Eat connects local investors and capital to small food enterprises. We believe that in supporting local food systems, we support the health of our community. For more information, email us at email@example.com or give us a ring on 402 630 5492.|
| ||Living Soil Investments ||Investment Club ||Fort Collins, CO ||Started in 2013, this community-based group offers microloans to local farm/food enterprises. To date, we've supported equipment repair for a pie shop, build out for a new bakery and a walk-in cooler for a CSA farm. We've only just begun.
| ||Local Loans for Local Food ||Investment Club ||Cincinatti, OH ||Local Loans for Local Foods is a network that holds quarterly gatherings for introductions, sharing, presentations and networking with refreshments. Results are about 80-90% peer-to-peer loans, with the remainder payable in goods or equity investments.|
| ||Local Matters Investments ||Investment Club ||Denver, CO ||We are a group of persons passionate about investing in and supporting local food and economy (local matters). We presently have 17 members with many others attending our meetings. We meet on the 4th Thursday of each month and celebrate local foods by having fun and everyone bringing locally produced foods and beverages to our meetings. Since forming in the fall of 2013, Local Matters has made loans totaling $103,000 to local food producers, two of which have already repaid in full.|
| ||Maine Organic Lenders ||Investment Club ||Maine ||In Maine Organic Lenders (MOL), loan applications are reviewed by the group, but members decide individually at what level each person wants to participate in a loan, if at all. Maine Organic Lenders members will lend up to a total of $25,000 per borrower. In its first year and a half of operation, Maine Organic Lenders members have loaned $87,500 to six borrowers.
| ||No Small Potatoes ||Investment Club ||Maine ||No Small Potatoes (NSP), which pioneered the Slow Money investment club model in 2011, pools members’ investment capital, and members decide collectively how to loan club funds. No Small Potatoes Investment Club now has 19 members who each have invested $5,000 in the club. NSP makes microloans of up to $10,000 to farms and small food businesses that source predominantly from local farmers (no chocolate companies in our portfolio!). To date we have made 30 loans totaling more than $150,000 to 24 farms and small food businesses.|
| ||Slow Money Austin ||Network ||Austin, TX ||Slow Money Austin is working hard to bring together organizations and members of the community around the discussion of strengthening our local food system. To ensure our current and continued success, we are building relationships with key service provider and filling gaps as they are exposed.
| ||Slow Money Boston ||Network ||Boston, MA ||In 2014, Slow Money Boston hosted six events for our community, including workshops, speakers and showcases. We coached and featured twelve entrepreneurs at our showcases. Over 300 members of our community attended at least one event. We are looking forward to 2015 as another year of growth and learning, and are particularly excited about hosting the Slow Money Regional Gathering for the northeast this coming May.
| ||Slow Money Francophone ||Network ||Paris, Geneve, and Brussels ||Slow Money Francophone has developed partnerships with actors of the social and food economy such as Terre de Liens and Intelligence Verte. SMF is also close to an investors group to promote Impact Investing. The first task was to establish new investment tools to bring financing to the local food system and it was done with a 100k€ investment in an organic seed company. Other investments based on royalties should follow for food companies and farmland.|
| ||Slow Money Hawaii ||Network ||Hawaii, United States ||Slow Money Hawaii aims help small Hawaii farmers who use sustainable growing methods to grow their businesses, thereby preserving ag land and increasing Hawaii's locally grown food supply. We do this by connecting Hawaii's food lovers who have a little money to spare, with Hawaii farmers, and small food businesses that use locally grown ingredients. The result is small low-interest loans that help the food producers with equipment purchases and other necessities for growing their businesses.|
| ||Slow Money Kentucky ||Network ||Louisville, KY ||In 2014, we catalyzed over $70,000 to 9 small food enterprises. Five of the loans were peer-to-peer, and 4 were via Kiva Zip. Funds supported hoop houses in Louisville and Southern Indiana, extending growing seasons, and the first-ever winter CSA in Louisville.
| ||Slow Money Maine ||Network ||Maine ||Slow Money Maine is a vibrant network of farmers and fishermen, philanthropists and investors, new farmers and ninth generation farmers, business novices and seasoned executives, for profits and non-profits. We hold gatherings six times a year. In our first five years we have catalyzed the flow of more than $10 million in 277 transactions to 76 businesses in the form of loans, grants and equity investments.|
| ||Slow Money Middle Tennessee ||Network ||Tennessee ||Slow Money Middle Tennessee is dedicated to catalyzing the flow of capital to enterprises that support soil fertility and local food communities in and around Middle Tennessee.|
| ||Slow Money Minnesota ||Network ||Minneapolis, MN |
| ||Slow Money NE Kansas ||Network ||Lawrence, KS ||Slow Money Northeast Kansas is rapidly outgrowing its name, now representing a network that spans the Kansas-Missouri state line including urban agriculturists in metropolitan Kansas City, as well as small family farms, specialty crop producers, and grazing operations dotting the countryside of rural Kansas and Missouri.|
| ||Slow Money New Mexico ||Network ||Santa Fe, NM ||Slow Money NM is a network of people and organizations dedicated to growing the local economy, fostering the triple bottom line, and making local investments. There are a number of local initiatives that advance this agenda, including Investment Network Santa Fe, UpSpring, and Innovate ABQ.|
| ||Slow Money North Carolina ||Network ||Pittsboro, NC ||To date about 100 folks in North Carolina who want to build resilience in their local food economy have made loans or investments to local, sustainable food and farming businesses. Since 2010 they have made more than 135 low-interest loans – totaling over $1.2 – supporting 68 sustainable farmers and local food enterprises throughout the state!|
| ||Slow Money Northern California ||Network ||San Francisco, CA ||Covering the larger food shed of the San Francisco Bay Area, Slow Money Northern California is a network of investors and entrepreneurs who seek to seed, nurture, and grow a local economy based on principles of collaborative knowledge sharing, mutually reinforcing relationships, community participation, fairness, diversity and sustainability.|
| ||Slow Money NYC ||Network ||New York, New York ||Slow Money NYC aims to spark dialogue and action addressing the nexus of where our food comes from and where our money goes. We hope to reshape roles for investors and extend the definition of “investment,” providing alternatives to Wall Street.|
| ||Slow Money Ohio ||Network ||Columbus, OH ||Through workshops, networking gatherings, and other outreach events aimed at bringing together investors, philanthropists, “good food” entrepreneurs, and farmers, we have catalyzed over $500,000 in investment capital since our inception in 2012. Slow Money Central Ohio has made a difference for Lucky Penny Farm, Rock Dove Farm, Storehouse Tea, Acre Food-to-Table Restaurant, Snowville Creamery, and the Commissary.|
| ||Slow Money Pioneer Valley ||Network ||Pioneer Valley, MA ||Slow Money Pioneer Valley (SMPV) catalyzes community-based investment in the local food system by connecting investors, farmers and entrepreneurs in order to strengthen our local and regional food economy.|
| ||Slow Money SLO ||Network ||San Luis Obispo, CA ||The San Luis Obispo County network was founded in the summer of 2012 following a local presentation by Woody Tasch and the gathering of a group who wanted to support the local Co-op grocer. SLO Natural Foods needed to expand and move into a new location to survive after 25 years providing healthy, local food to the community.
Almost three years later, and having assembled peer to peer loans to assist 11 food entrepreneurs, as well as business planning and development advice to five others, the network is proud to continue helping local food and farm businesses where traditional lending is not an option.|
| ||Slow Money Southern California ||Network ||Orange County, CA ||Slow Money SoCal attracts thousands of sustainably-minded food entrepreneurs, agri-preneurs, farmers, investors, thought-leaders, and everyday food folk throughout Southern California. Each month, in one of our four metro regions, Slow Money SoCal hosts a community gathering, a food forward evening of networking and connecting on behalf of our local food system.
| ||Slow Money SWV ||Network ||Eugene, OR ||Inspired by a visit from Woody Tasch to Eugene, OR in March 2013, a small group of people began meeting to see how we could help build resilience in our local food and farming economy. We are working with the Willamette Farm and Food Coalition as our fiscal sponsor, we are operating as a non-profit (as in ALL volunteer) and started out helping make low-interest, short-term loans|
| ||Slow Money Vermont ||Network ||Montpelier, VT ||Slow Money Vermont is an emerging network that aims to inform, inspire and connect individuals, businesses, philanthropists, and investors interested in building a sustainable local and regional food system and to catalyze new investment opportunities in the people, businesses and communities that contribute to a sustainable food economy.|
| ||Slow Money Wisconsin ||Network ||Madison, WI ||Slow Money Wisconsin is a regional network within the national Slow Money brand. We have recently established our own 501(c)3 and are bringing people interested in investing in local food enterprises and sustainable farms here in Wisconsin together with the sustainable farms and local food entrepreneurs seeking investment. |
| ||Sustainable Texas Investment Club ||Investment Club ||Austin, TX ||We are a group of Central Texas individuals that believe in the importance of local sustainable agriculture. Club members have each contributed to a common fund so that we can loan money out to local sustainable agricultural enterprises that we believe will make for a better community.|