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Get invested in your local food system

Invest in building an economy based on principles of soil fertility, sense of place, care of the commons, and economic, cultural and biological diversity.

Slow Money is an International movement with non-profit headquarters in Boulder, Colorado. Slow Money SLO is an independent, local network of Slow Money. Slow Money provides a meaningful alternative to our current financial system that has run amok – trillions of dollars a day flowing through capital markets in securities that no one fully understands, contributing to systemic problems of our time.

Slow Money SLO is active and growing. Founding members who wanted to support local, small food and farm enterprises were inspired by Woody Tasch, author of the book Slow Money, during his presentation at the CAFES (Cal Poly College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences) event held at Hearst Ranch in Spring 2012. The Slow Money SLO network connects local, small food and farm enterprises in need of support to individuals who are interested in providing financial and business development support. These entrepreneurs in the food industry typically cannot obtain traditional funding, but are nonetheless very important to increasing the availability of quality food to local consumers.

Investors and other entrepreneurs who attend Slow Money meetings have an opportunity to learn about interesting food businesses and perhaps decide to loan money or provide other support in the form of consulting or connections that may help the business. All financial arrangements are between the business owner and the individuals who choose to support them. The group held its first meeting in July 2012 and is fiscally sponsored by Slow Money, the national non-profit driving the movement and leading the way.

Complete the Entrepreneur or Investor form on this website to get connected and learn more. Or, send an email to jeff@SlowMoneySLO.org.
What does Slow Money mean?
  • Investing in real places, in people and enterprises close to home.
  • Investing patiently, over time, with a goal of building healthy enterprises, communities and ecosystems, not just extracting financial wealth.
  • Measuring Return on Investment by the tangible world we create around us and the health of our soil, not just the profit we make.
  • Providing balance to the Fast Money we’ve been investing to maximize profit at all costs.
How we work: Inspire. Connect. Invest.

Inspire. Local network individuals support and promote the Slow Money Principles and encourage others to become a part of the national movement by showing their support within SLO County.
Connect. We offer a forum to small food and farm businesses that is compatible with the Slow Money Principles and we make introductions to potential investors and experienced individuals who may offer expertise and support in other ways.
Invest. Slow Money aims to spark a range of investment conversations, helping develop unique funding relationships for sustainable food and farming businesses.

You can show your support and interest by Signing the Principles as stated by the National Slow Money team. This will also keep you in touch with information coming from the Boulder offices of this non-profit group.
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