We’d like to invite you to join us in pioneering a new way to support local food systems and sustainable agriculture on Colorado’s Front Range. It’s called Slow Opportunities for Investing Locally—SOIL.
You 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 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 $240,000 from 83 individuals. Also, two businesses and an NGO have joined. Our goal is $250,000 per annum of contributions from 150 or so members. We made our first loan in April and two others in August. We’re off to a great start!
On October 28th at Lone Hawk Farm in Longmont, we invite you to come spend time with a growing community of farmers, food entrepreneurs, investors, donors and just plain regular folks who want to know where their food comes from and where their money goes—all exploring together how we can take a little of our money out of Wall Street and put it to work building local food systems here in Boulder County and surroundings.
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.