Rebuilding the economy
Slow Money catalyzes the flow of capital to local food enterprises and organic farms, connecting investors to the places where they live and “bringing money back down to earth.” SLOW Money is an emerging network of investors, donors, and farmers rebuilding the economy from the ground up. $40,413,594 was invested since 2010 to 402 small food enterprises and 37 Slow Money networks and clubs. Slow Money is bringing people together around a shared vision about what it means to be an investor in the 21st Century: It starts with the soil. The soil teaches us that we must put back as much as we take out to ensure long term health and a strong, secure, restorative economy. Life in the soil is all about diversity and regeneration, a large number of small organisms working together in a healthy system. When we erode our soil, we erode our social capital, we erode community.
A new generation of entrepreneurs is starting to rebuild local food systems and the capital available to them is insufficient. If we want this capital to start flowing today, this year, this decade, if we share the belief that we don’t have another generation to wait for “them” to figure it out or be pushed in this direction by disruption or collapse, then we have to roll up our sleeves, sink our hands into the soil of the economy and start planting.