New England Regional Gathering

September 9-10, 2016
Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, VT

About the event

Across New England, Slow Money networks are innovating in bringing together investors and entrepreneurs. Join us at Shelburne Farms to be a part of the conversation with local food entrepreneurs, Main St investors, and all the folks that are helping food systems to develop.

Exciting and unique things are happening across New England in local food system development. This Gathering brings together entrepreneurs and network leaders from four Slow Money networks: Slow Money Maine, Slow Money Greater Boston, and Slow Money Pioneer Valley (Western MA), and is convened by Slow Money Vermont.

Learn how Maine brings together individuals to fund food businesses collaboratively; how Boston connects foodies with increasingly direct and impactful ways of supporting food system development; and how the Pioneer Valley enables investors of all kinds to support flourishing enterprises across the value chain. Vermont reveals the “special sauce” behind its powerful food system network.

In addition to ample networking opportunities, the Gathering will feature deep-dive information sharing on:

        • Investing for the World We Want
        • Raising the Right Capital at the Right Time (for entrepreneurs)
        • Creating Technical Assistance Linkages to Unlock Capital and Maximize Return on Investment
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Slow Money Vermont Gathering
Eli Moulton

“I am excited for Vermont to host this year’s Slow Money New England Regional Gathering – Vermont has always been a leader in this movement and it will be great to learn how Slow Money is affecting the rest of New England.”

Eli MoultonThe Moulton Law Group
H. Kenneth Merritt, Jr.

“As a Founding Member of Slow Money, Merritt & Merritt is proud to be a sponsor of the Slow Money New England Regional Gathering, which reflects the rapid expansion of Slow Money and its critical role in creating a sustainable future. We welcome old and new Slow Money advocates and entrepreneurs back to Shelburne Farms, site of the 2010 National Gathering.”

H. Kenneth Merritt, Jr.Managing Director, Merritt & Merritt


Eric Deluca

Eric DeLuca

Slow Money VT

Michael Bartner

Michael Bartner

Vice President, Slow Money Institute

Chuck Ross

VT Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

Chris Bailey

Chris Bailey

VT Smoke & Cure

Marco Vangelisti

Marco Vangelisti

Essential Knowledge for Transition

Janice St. Onge

Flexible Capital Fund

Ela Chapin

Ela Chapin

VT Farm & Forest Viability Program

John Hamilton

John Hamilton

NH Community Loan Fund

Eric DeLuca

“Entrepreneur showcases are at the heart of Slow Money’s mission to catalyze the flow of capital to local food systems and bring money back down to earth. Combining that exciting tradition with in-depth networking and learning specifically designed for investors, entrepreneurs, and system leaders makes this Regional Gathering uniquely worth the trip.”

Eric DeLucaChair, Slow Money VT


Friday, September 9

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Coffee & registration
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Networking & light refreshments
11:00 – 12:00 p.m.
Welcome and Opening Keynotes
Eric DeLuca, Chair, Slow Money Vermont
Michael Bartner, Vice President, Slow Money
Chuck Ross, Secretary, VT Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets
Chris Bailey, CEO, VT Smoke & Cure
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Plenary Introducing Deep-Dive Tracks
Marco Vangelisti, Founder, Essential Knowledge for Transition
Janice St. Onge, President, VSJF Flexible Capital Fund, L3C
Ela Chapin, Program Director, Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Networking lunch
2:00 – 5:00 p.m. (includes 15 min. break)
Concurrent Deep-Dive Sessions
A. Investing for the World We Want: Marco Vangelisti
B. Raising the Right Capital at the Right Time—for Entrepreneurs: Janice St. Onge and John Hamilton
C. Access to Capital Ecosystem: Chelsea Lewis, Business Development Section Chief, VT Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Local Food Reception featuring fare from Shelburne Farms
6:00-7:30 p.m.
Farm-to-Table Dinner

Saturday, September 10

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Coffee & Breakfast
9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Reflection & Follow-up from Day 1: Cross-pollination & hot topics
11:00 – 12:00 p.m.
Entrepreneur Showcase I
Featuring Entrepreneurs from New England Slow Money Networks
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Networking lunch, featuring tables to get to know presenting entrepreneurs
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Entrepreneur Showcase II
Featuring Entrepreneurs from New England Slow Money Networks
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Venue Partner: Shelburne Farms

The Gathering takes place 7 miles south of Burlington, VT at Shelburne Farms, a 1,400-acre working farm and forest, and a nonprofit organization educating for a sustainable future.

Shelburne Farms


Soil Builder Sponsor

Marquee Event Sponsors

Core Partner Sponsors

Ally Sponsor

Flexible Capital Fund

Event Sponsors

Friends of Slow Money VT

Community Capital of Vermont

Slow Money Vermont is a 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 Vermont is organized through a task force connected to Vermont Farm to Plate—the statewide initiative to strengthen the food system. Slow Money Vermont aligns with the state’s Farm to Plate goals to increase investments and financial partnerships in food system enterprises. Individuals, businesses, philanthropists, and investors interested in getting involved in Slow Money Vermont can learn more at: