Woody Tasch, Founder of Slow Money speaks to an audience at Pathways 2 Sustainability 2011 conference in Red Deer, Alberta about the importance of investing in local food systems.
This video shows the local leader of Slow Money SLO, Jeff Wade, making an introduction to the guest speaker at Gather in the Grove. On August 12, 2013, about 100 people came together at the SLO Grange in San Luis Obispo to celebrate the one year anniversary of Slow Money SLO. Seven food entrepreneurs who had been funded by Slow Money SLO investors were there to offer samples and a guest speaker, Marco Vangelisti, spoke about Money, the Financial system and investing locally in small food and farm businesses – the mission of Slow Money.
Guest speaker at Gather in the Grove, the one year celebration of Slow Money SLO. Marco provided great insight on the need for Slow Money in a world where Banking and Finance are broken, beginning his talk with an appropriate quote from “Slow Money, Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered”, a Book by the founder of Slow Money, Woody Tasch. The Slow Money movement is based on the concept that “there is such a thing as money that is too fast, companies that are too big, finance that i too complex.” The idea is that by diverting some money away from traditional assets such as stocks and bonds and toward financing for local food and farm businesses, everyday investors can make a big difference in fostering a healthy and environmentally sound food ecosystem. See more about Marco at www.ek4t.com, Essential Knowledge for Transition.
Benefit Foods offers a solution for those in need of a healthy, whole ingredient based snack, the V-Bar, using locally sourced ingredients wherever possible, biodegradable packaging, and carbon neutral shipping. Slow Money has helped Benefit Foods to expand production and buy equipment. www.benefitfoods.com
Doc Burnstein’s is an old fashioned ice cream parlour serving their own original super premium ice cream. Their products are offered by many other local businesses in SLO County and they are getting ready to open their third location in downtown San Luis Obispo. Slow Money SLO investors supported Doc’s Direct Public Offering. www.docburnsteins.com
Functional Gourmet designs custom recipes, menus and coaching programs in synergy and coordination with clients’ personal preferences and their health care professional’s specific recommendations. Uta focuses specifically on creating delicious solutions for people with food allergies, food sensitivities or other medical conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, autism, ADD/ADHD, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s obesity, depression – just to name a few. Slow Money has helped Functional Gourmet to build content for their website and to prepare for an upcoming trade event. See more at: http://www.functionalgourmet.com
Mama Ganache Artisan Chocolates use all Organic and Fair Trade chocolate. They have a retail store in San Luis Obispo and sell chocolate products wholesale and retail through other outlets as well. Slow Money SLO helped Mama Ganache to expand their production area, buy new equipment and make their operations more efficient. www.mama-ganache-shop.com
Short description of SLO Natural Foods by Gwen, the store manager. They are now in a new location on Victoria Avenue, San Luis Obispo. They were the first recipient of loan assistance from Slow Money SLO, enabling their move and expansion to the new location.
SLO Veg and Farm2Fork provide a delivered CSA box with online management of your selections and deliveries. Slow Money SLO has helped Dan expand his business. www.sloveg.com
Vert Foods cooks healthy and nutritionally dense prepared foods for pickup or delivery. Virginia provides kitchen seminars and teaches how to prepare your own healthy meals. Slow Money helped Virginia get started in the SLO Grange kitchen. www.VertFoods.com