Slow Money event in Davis
When: 4 – 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 20
Where: Rominger West Winery
4602 Second St., Suite 4, in Davis
Registration: Tickets are $10. Seating will be limited, so please reserve your space online athttp://ucanr.org/slowmoney.
"Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Matter," will be the topic of a talk given by Woody Tasch, founder of Slow Money. The event will also include a brief introduction to related research, a Q&A session and networking.
Light refreshments will be provided, and wine will be available for purchase. Doors will open at 3:45 p.m., and the event will begin at 4:15 p.m.
More about Slow Money and related research
Slow Money is a national network dedicated to investing in local food and agricultural enterprises.
One local venture which has sought funding through Slow Money is the Capay Valley Farm Shop, a collaborative of 30 farms and ranches who together offer a CSA to institutions and corporations.
"Through Slow Money, we’re reaching investors who share our values, who believe that community food systems are a great investment for the health of communities and for the planet," said Thomas Nelson, president of Capay Valley Farm Shop.
After presenting at an entrepreneur showcase this summer, the Capay Valley Farm Shop is working with a group of interested investors through Slow Money.
Another agricultural venture, Soul Food Farm in Vacaville, has also worked with Slow Money investors, receiving approximately $40,000 in loans.
"This model is another way that entrepreneurs in sustainable agriculture and community food systems can seek funding — especially when conventional sources such as venture capital, the Farm Credit System or commercial banks may not be an option," said Shermain Hardesty, director of the UC Small Farm Program.
The event will include a brief introduction to current UC Davis research on values-based food systems by Hardesty and Gail Feenstra, of the Agricultural Sustainability Institute. Values-based food systems create relationships between growers, funders, distributors, consumers and others based on shared values. Their project is working to identify bottlenecks — including access to capital — in the development of these values-based food supply chains, with an eye toward the enhancing the prosperity of smaller producers through networks that support environmental and social sustainability.
Looking for more info?
Registration for this event is available at http://ucanr.org/slowmoney.
If you have any questions, please contact Brenda Dawson, firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-752-7779.