Clean Yield is excited about the long-anticipated launch of the Slow Money Vermont network this fall. The inaugural event will take place September 16 at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier. Slow Money founder and author Woody Tasch and Green Mountain Organic Creamery’s Cheryl DeVos will be guest speakers.
The launch of Slow Money Vermont was several years in the making. Clean Yield’s Chief Investment Officer Eric Becker recalls, “I discussed the idea with Janice St. Onge, deputy director of the Vermont Sustainable Job Funds as far back as 2009. I was then helping to launch Slow Money Boston, which got off the ground in June 2010, but Janice and I continued to talk off and on about a Vermont chapter. It wasn’t until last year’s national Slow Money gathering in Boulder that we felt there was enough momentum and interest to catalyze the development of a Vermont network.”
While there is already strong support for Vermont food entrepreneurs from non-profit, business, and government institutions in the state, including the Farm to Plate Network, there hasn’t been a way for individual investors to participate. Vermont’s new securities regulations open doors both for businesses to raise capital and for individual Vermonters to invest it. Slow Money Vermont aims to connect these two groups to foster investment in the local and regional food system.
We hope to see you at the Slow Money Vermont launch event in September and look forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas. If you would like to be added to the Slow Money Vermont distribution list please contact me at Karin[at]cleanyield.com.
Clean Yield’s Chief Investment Officer Eric Becker and I will also be attending the Slow Money Annual Gathering in Louisville, KY this November 10-12. The gathering will feature a fantastic array of speakers, including Wendell Berry, Vandana Shiva, Judy Wicks, Joel Salatin, and Gary Nabhan. This will be my first gathering and I am looking forward to sharing experiences and learning from others in this field. We strongly encourage you to attend as well!
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