We have now confirmed the dates for our 3rd annual Eat Local Week: March 22-29, 2013.
Our keynote speaker will be Woody Tasch, founder of the national Slow Money movement and author of the book of the same name. Slow Money is about investing in local food systems and will be a major theme of Eat Local Week this year. Woody will kick-off the week with a public talk on Friday night and facilitate a meeting for those interested in forming a Slow Money investment club on Saturday.
More details to come...
Thousands of Americans have begun affirming a new direction for the economy. It’s called Slow Money.
Inspired by the vision of Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing As If Food, Farm..., published in 2009, the Slow Money Alliance is bringing people together around a new conversation about money that is too fast, about finance that is disconnected from people and place, about how we can begin fixing our economy from the ground up... starting with food.
Through Slow Money national gatherings, regional events and local activities, more than $20 million has been invested in 170 small food enterprises around the United States over the past two years. Seventeen local Slow Money chapters and six investment clubs have formed. Slow Money events have attracted thousands of people from 36 states and 9 countries. Almost 24,000 people have signed the Slow Money Principles. The first international Slow Money investment—a $20,000 loan to a solar dairy in Switzerland—has been made. Slow Money France is in the early stages of organizing, and inquiries about chapter formation have been received from Canada, Australia and Japan.
In October 2012, the Soil Trust was launched, making it possible for individuals to put their money to work in small food enterprises via small donations.
Woody Tasch, Founder and Chairman, pioneered the integration of asset management and philanthropic purpose in the 1990s as treasurer of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation and founding chairman of the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance. For ten years, through 2008, Tasch was chairman of Investors' Circle, a network of angel investors, family offices, and social purpose funds and foundations that has invested $150 million in 230 early stage sustainability-promoting ventures and venture funds, since 1992. Woody is the author of Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered (Chelsea Green).