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Slow Opportunities for Investing Locally (SOIL)

Investing that leaves returns in…

… for the benefit of future generations.

SOIL making 0% loans to local sustainable farmers and food enterprises in Boulder and surrounding areas.

Slow Opportunities for Investing Locally

By donating $250 or more, you become a voting member of SOIL for 12 months.

You can also join as a voting member for $22 each month with a minimum 12 month commitment. Please choose “Make this donation every month” to enroll.

Your membership donation is tax-deductible. Thank you for joining SOIL!

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Donation Total: $250 Monthly

Want to chip in but not interested in membership? 

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Non-Voting Donations

If you are not interested in joining as a voting member ($250 or more), but would like to chip in whatever you can afford, do so using the buttons below. Thank you!

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Donation Total: $25 Yearly

 

Slow Money Founder Woody Tasch presents the concept for SOIL.

Here’s how it works

Join for an annual total donation of $250 or more ($25 per year for farmers).

Vote three times per year at member meetings. One member, one vote – no matter the size of the donation.

Repaid loans mix with memberships, corporate sponsorship funds, grants and other donations to grow SOIL’s impact over time.

SOIL Members

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

Our progress

Over 155 individuals and businesses have donated more than $435,000, and approved nine 0% loans. 

As a program of the Slow Money Institute, SOIL is registered with 1% For The Planet.

Five businesses and an NGO have joined our O% FOR SOIL campaign and many others donate in-kind product or services.

Please email soil@slowmoney.org if you are interested in corporate membership.

SOIL's geographic lending area includes Boulder, the Denver metro area and Fort Collins.

Applying for a loan

1: Download and fill out the application below.

2: Upload your application to our Loan Review Committee using the submission form below. 

3: Approved applicants are invited to make an in-person presentation to our membership at the next business meeting.

We will answer any questions, assist with application, loan presentation, and other preparation as needed. Email our Director at soil@slowmoney.org.

Our members get together regularly to hear from leaders of our local food system, to celebrate regenerative farming, and to explore opportunities for improving the health of our community. Join us.

Slow Opportunities for Investing Locally

By donating $250 or more, you become a voting member of SOIL for 12 months.

You can also join as a voting member for $22 each month with a minimum 12 month commitment. Please choose “Make this donation every month” to enroll.

Your membership donation is tax-deductible. Thank you for joining SOIL!

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Personal Info

Donation Total: $250 Monthly

We hope to see you at any of our SOIL & Partner Upcoming Events:

 

  • December 16th: Slow Book Club Potluck & Discussion at Growing Gardens
    • Join in reading Seasons On Henry’s Farm anytime until October 2020 – Details Here.
  • December 19th: Catch SOIL as a Sponsor of the Soil Revolution Conference
  • January 29th, 2020: Member Meeting & Loan Voting
  • February 21st, 2020: SOIL Monthly Mingle and Green Drinks Crossover (location TBD)
  • February 29th, 2020: Leap Day Farming and Climate Change Film Shorts at Patagonia Boulder

 

You can see these and more events on our SOIL Events Google Calendar 

A woman with curly hair hods a hand drawn earth sign while at a climate protest

I’m a member of SOIL for many reasons! To name the top two: the premise and mission give me great hope, and it brings together a fascinatingly diverse and inspiringly dedicated group of people who I always learn from and enjoy spending time with

Becky O'Brien
Director of Food & Climate, Hazon

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

Brian Coppom
Executive Director, Boulder County Farmers’ Market

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 Club has made more than a dozen loans totaling more than $200,000.

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