Together, we’re building a permanent, member-driven, revolving fund.
Become a member of SOIL with a tax deductible donation of $250 or more. Then, members make 0% loans to local farmers and food entrepreneurs, by majority vote—one member, one vote, no matter what the size of your donation. When loans are repaid, funds are recycled into new loans. Over the years, SOIL will slowly grow into a substantial funding resource for the community.
We’re using charitable donations and 0% loans to fund the next generation of diversified, organic farms and the small food enterprises that bring their produce to the local market. This is investing that leaves the returns in, for the benefit of future generations. If you are a farmer or food entrepreneur looking for funding, click here.
To date, SOIL members have made donations ranging from $250 to $50,000—except for farmers, who can join for $25. We have gathered a total of $303,000 from 107 individuals. Also, five businesses and an NGO have joined our O% FOR SOIL campaign. Our goal is $250,000 per annum of contributions from 150 members.
I am excited to be a founding member of SOIL. What holds more promise, on so many levels, than putting carbon back into the soil, improving access to healthy food and joyfully collaborating to rebuild community?
Local food is all about relationships. As is soil fertility. We need a new kind of funding source that supports both. It’s SOIL.
Help support local farmers and food entrepreneurs on the Front Range.
The SOIL model has been pioneered since 2014 by the 2 Forks Club (Carbondale, CO), which was co-founded by the Slow Money Institute and Roaring Fork Valley resident Susan Brady.
2 Forks Clubs has made more than a dozen loans totaling more than $200,000.