Gatheround Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. MST (6 p.m. PST, 9 p.m. EST) and help fund local food systems.
Boulder, Colo. (Nov. 19, 2013) | On Dec. 10, the Slow Money Gatheround live-event crowdfunding platform offers an affordable way for every person—not just accredited investors—to contribute to the funding of local food systems. Gatheround catalyzes the flow of capital into small businesses vital to healthy local economies and a more resilient food system.
“Gatheround is a great first step for people interested in sustainable food and local investing,” says Gatheround’s producer and senior associate, Jake Bornstein. “We hope the rotating themes and speakers will keep experienced investors and repeat users coming back for more.”
Each online Gatheround offers a deep dive into a different topic—such as live foods, heirloom seeds and grass-fed beef. After hearing from a thought leader in the field and listening to pitches from entrepreneurs putting the ideas into action, participants decide which business to fund.
The focus of our Dec. 10 Gatheround is how to nurture the soil, featuring Eliot Coleman, a 40-year veteran of organic farming, author of “The New Organic Grower” and former executive director of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements.
For those new to Gatheround, here’s how it works: Sign up through the Gatheround.org website with a tax-deductible donation of $25 or more. Check out details on the website—you’ll find information about guest speakers and presenting entrepreneurs. Then log on to the live webinar-based show just before 7 p.m. MST on Dec. 10 to view, engage and decide where you’d like your contribution to go. Gatherounds take place every other month and soon will be monthly.
Slow Money, the host of Slow Money Gatheround, is an NGO formed in 2009 by Woody Tasch, author of the book “Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered” (Chelsea Green, 2008). Slow Money catalyzes the flow of capital to small food enterprises, organic farms and local food systems.
Slow Money investors around the country have moved $30 million into small food businesses, including farms, creameries, grain mills, niche organic brands,local processing, distribution and seed companies, and restaurants. Trend spotters cite Slow Money as a solution to manage the interrelated issues ofeconomic crisis, sustainability, food sourcing and cultural renewal.
Slow Money builds networks, hosts in-person and online events, publishes, and incubates strategies and structures for funding. To date in the United States, there are 18 local chapters and seven active local investment clubs, with one chapter in France and more in formation, including in Australia and South America.
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