Following the publication of Woody Tasch’s eponymous book in 2008, Slow Money was incorporated in 2009 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit for the purposes of:
- Steering significant new sources of capital to small food enterprises, appropriate-scale organic farming and local food systems; and
- Catalyzing the emergence of the “nurture capital” industry – entrepreneurial finance supporting soil fertility, carrying capacity, sense of place, cultural and ecological diversity and nonviolence.
The mission is now often referenced in its abridged version (catalyzing investment in local food systems), but each of the elements above are essential to the Slow Money idea.
Slow Money brings up Investment (from its seeds, Savings, to its many fruits, economic, social and environmental) in a conversation otherwise too narrowly focused on Consumption and Production. It also strives to democratize and improve more conventional financial tools, from philanthropic endeavors to local banks, from socially responsible investment to other lending institutions, including agricultural lenders.
We hope you will join us!