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Investing in Small Farms With Slow Money

David will discuss the developing realm of community capital and the diversity of access to capital for farmers and other small independent businesses in our food system. He will also touch on the principles of Slow Money. There will be a short presentation, followed by lots of question and answer and discussion.

David Boynton grew up on a farm in NH in an entrepreneurial family. He is currently the ED at Seacoast Local, a local business led non-profit building a local living economy through community collaboration. He's owned a small business and run others. In the past two years, he's transitioned his focus with an MBA in Sustainability from Antioch New England, working in the local food movement and learning about the local policy world. He knows that we can make a real impact with our choices surrounding money, the environment, and our communities, and is excited to be helping to move this work forward.

The Slow Money Principles
In order to enhance food security, food safety and food access; improve nutrition and health; promote cultural, ecological and economic diversity; and accelerate the transition from an economy based on extraction and consumption to an economy based on preservation and restoration, we do hereby affirm the following Slow Money Principles:

I. We must bring money back down to earth.

II. There is such a thing as money that is too fast, companies that are too big, finance that is too complex. Therefore, we must slow our money down -- not all of it, but enough to matter.

III. The 20th Century was the era of Buy Low/Sell High and Wealth Now/Philanthropy Later—what one venture capitalist called “the largest legal accumulation of wealth in history.” The 21st Century will be the era of nurture capital, built around principles of carrying capacity, care of the commons, sense of place and non-violence.

IV. We must learn to invest as if food, farms and fertility mattered. We must connect investors to the places where they live, creating vital relationships and new sources of capital for small food enterprises.

V. Let us celebrate the new generation of entrepreneurs, consumers and investors who are showing the way from Making A Killing to Making a Living.

VI. Paul Newman said, "I just happen to think that in life we need to be a little like the farmer who puts back into the soil what he takes out." Recognizing the wisdom of these words, let us begin rebuilding our economy from the ground up, asking:

* What would the world be like if we invested 50% of our assets within 50 miles of where we live?
* What if there were a new generation of companies that gave away 50% of their profits?
* What if there were 50% more organic matter in our soil 50 years from now?

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  • Jessica

    Thought provoking.

    March 6, 2013

  • Amy A

    Thanks to David for the great program and to all who came out in the rain! There were so many great groups represented along with ours - Seacoast Local, Creating a Peaceful World by Sustaining Our Future, Great Bay Time Bank, Slow Food Seacoast, Seacoast Eat Local... there is much work to be done, and the framework is coming together it seems! So exciting.
    This program was recorded for Exeter Cable Access (thanks, Herb!) so watch for it there or ask your local cable access to play it!!

    March 6, 2013

  • Melissa P.

    Sorry! Car work needing to happen which will put me behind on homework. Have a wonderful time!

    March 6, 2013

  • Cassandra C.

    I just got free passes to the NESEA's Building Energy13 Conference and Trade Show in Boston. Sorry that I have to miss this!

    March 6, 2013

  • Amy A

    Hey all,
    Looks like we are getting lucky with the weather, but just a day! Phew... see you all there!

    1 · March 5, 2013

  • Dan P.

    It sounds like he read the Woody Tasch book which I have here,if any one would like to borrow it.

    February 11, 2013

  • Dan P.

    Slow money stays in the community not on it's way to Bentonville ,Arkansas.

    1 · February 11, 2013

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