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Eric and Jill Skokan

Eric and Jill Skokan, owners of Black Cat Farm and Black Cat Farm Table Bistro in Boulder, received the first 0% loan made by SOIL.

A new way to fund local and organic food

Using charitable donations and 0% loans

Together, we’re building a permanent, member-driven, revolving fund. It begins with your contribution.

Slow Opportunities for Investing Locally

By donating $250 or more, you become a voting member of SOIL for 12 months. Your membership donation is tax-deductible. Thank you for joining SOIL!

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Donation Total: $250 Yearly

 

Love lending money to our neighbors growing healthy sustainable soil and food for you but not interested in membership?

Slow Opportunities for Investing Locally Non-Voting Donation

Non-Voting Donations

Interested in donating to SOIL and supporting our 0% loans to Boulder County (and surrounding areas) farmers but not wanting to join as a member? Donate any amount using the buttons below and help us invest in a diversified, healthy, and accessible local food system.

(Please see Community Memberships if you are a farmer or nonprofit whose work relates to our mission for reduced membership rate opportunities)
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Donation Total: $10 Yearly

Aspen Moon Farm

Aspen Moon Farm (Longmont, CO) recently received a $30,000 0% loan from SOIL.

Here’s how it works

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.

Ollin Farms

Ollin Farms (Longmont, CO) has received a 0% loan from SOIL.

Investing that leaves the returns in

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 download our simple loan application or email our SOIL Director at soil@slowmoney.org to answer any questions you may have.

SOIL Members

In April 2018, 42 members gathered for the first SOIL Business Meeting.

Our Progress

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 $335,000 from 123 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.

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Amy Divine

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?

Amy Divine
Private investor, Boulder, CO

Local food is all about relationships. As is soil fertility. We need a new kind of funding source that supports both. It’s SOIL.

Brian Coppom
Executive Director, Boulder County Farmers’ Market

Become a member today

We offer several voting membership options so everyone in our community can help support local farmers and food entrepreneurs on the Front Range.

 

Voting Member, Farmer, or 0% for SOIL Business Membership:

Voting members receive discounted or free admission to events and gather several times per year to hear “pitches” from farm loan applicants. To become a voting member of SOIL for 12 months, donate $250 or more (if you are a farmer $25 annually) per person. Your donation provides funds for 0% loans to area farmers. To join as a voting member, click the button below.

Slow Opportunities for Investing Locally

By donating $250 or more, you become a voting member of SOIL for 12 months. Your membership donation is tax-deductible. Thank you for joining SOIL!

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Donation Total: $250 Yearly

 

Equity and Community Partner Membership:

SOIL is committed to ensuring our voting membership reflects the diverse communities that call Boulder County and surrounding areas home. Are you a BIPOC or LGBTNB serving organization or individual working in the fields of racial justice, food chain worker rights, food security & sovereignty, environmental or Indigenous cultural conservation or similar areas? You can adjust pricing based on what is meaningful to your budget, starting at $25 per year.

 

Not ready for Membership yet? Consider a one time or recurring general donation at any amount:

Slow Opportunities for Investing Locally Non-Voting Donation

Non-Voting Donations

Interested in donating to SOIL and supporting our 0% loans to Boulder County (and surrounding areas) farmers but not wanting to join as a member? Donate any amount using the buttons below and help us invest in a diversified, healthy, and accessible local food system.

(Please see Community Memberships if you are a farmer or nonprofit whose work relates to our mission for reduced membership rate opportunities)
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Personal Info

Donation Total: $10 Yearly

Pioneering a new model

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.

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