There are a growing number of terms to describe investment opportunities and investors that seek more than just financial return. They are all deeply connected by core values and intentions for positive change.
While the terms have distinctions (especially depending on who you ask), they exist to hold investing and investors to a higher standard to create a better world for all.
Slow Money Hawaii is YOUR opportunity to invest - a little or a lot - in Hawaii's local food and agriculture scene.
We've been sowing a lot of seeds here at Slow Money Hawaii and now the harvest is coming in. We need additional food-lover power to help reap the fruits of our labor! If you can spare a few hours a month to help with any of the following:
Mary, and the
Slow Money Hawaii Team
USDA will award grants to help farmers and small businesses with value-added products - January 31 deadline
The USDA Rural Development (RD) is accepting applications for grants to help farmers, ranchers and producer-based businesses nationwide develop new product lines.
The funding is being provided through the Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program. VAPG grants can be used to develop new products from raw agricultural products or promote new markets for established products. Veterans, socially-disadvantaged groups, beginning farmers and ranchers, operators of small and medium-sized family farms and ranches and farmer and rancher cooperatives are given special priority.
The deadline to submit paper applications is Jan. 31, 2018. Electronic applications submitted through grants.gov are due Jan. 24, 2018. For more information on this grant program, visit USDA Rural Development. For assistance in your region please click here for our office locator website.
Today's email from the Hawaii Department of Agriculture:
HDOA launched the new and improved Hawaii Agriculture & New Products Database in late August – https://hawaiiagrproducts.ha waii.gov/s/
Thank you to the vendors that have registered and thank you to all that have provided feedback! Today, the website has 47 vendors and 46 products registered! We have a ways to go --- need your help to populate the database with vendor/product information. We have made it as easy as possible to register – and have tutorials posted on the HDOA website: http://hdoa.hawaii.go v/add/main/joininghap/
A Business Registration (BREGS) number is not required because we learned that foreign/domestic entities can register for a BREGS number, so it was a poor filter to allow only Hawaii companies through.
Please note your GET License number is needed to ensure the companies that register benefit HAWAII. Once the GET number is verified, it is not referred to again.
HDOA has a booth at the 2017 Fresh Summit – the Produce Marketing Association trade show – and we will be promoting the website to the grocery/supermarket buyers that attend.
Yesterday was World Food Day and the anniversary of the founding of the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization. To celebrate, Slow Food International had a brilliant idea - to bring awareness to our increasingly endangered global climate and food system by challenging us all to help address the problem on a level where we can have real impact... our own habits!
For the next three weeks -Oct 16th to Nov 2nd-, over 2000 people across the world are participating in the Eat Local Challenge, meaning they’re committing to:
Eat two meals a week sourced with local, traditional ingredients
"Menu For Change, the Slow Food campaign puts the relationship between food and climate change under the spotlight: our food system makes a massive contribution to our total greenhouse gas emissions, and yet, at the same time, agriculture is also among the first victims." They're partnering with Slow Food communities around the world to find solutions to these problems, starting with where food is grown and consumed -- this is where we come in!
The challenge is a call to action to do your part to decrease the effects of food consumption on global climate change, and the easiest way to do that is to EAT LOCAL! Are you with us?? Find out more by visiting Slow Food International's website and signing up for the challenge today!... Choose your pledge, get active and post online, show us the local, seasonal foods from your area, share your local recipes and get others involved! Facebook event page.
And, as long as we're on the subject of we as individuals can do... browse our Slow Money Hawaii website site too! Maybe becoming a Slow Money Hawaii lender is another thing that you can do to support local food?
Naked Cow Dairy's loan on Kiva was funded in just 5 days after going public!! Slow Money Hawaii , a Kiva Trustee, endorsed their loan. If you'd like to learn more about how Hawaii farmers can work with Slow Money to crowd-fund a loan on Kiva, inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here's a great article from Land.com about the increasing popularity of wine that is completely natural - organic/biodynamic from dry fields (no irrigation), no added yeast or sulfites. I wonder if someone in Hawaii might consider this approach to make a uniquely Hawaiian terre or "aina wine"??? www.land.com/lifestyle/the-rise-of-the-natural-wine-movement/?utm_campaign=LAF-National-100717&utm_medium=email&utm_source=landsofamerica&utm_content=landnews2
Slow Money Hawaii is proud to affiliate with Monique and Naked Cow Dairy, endorsing her loan on Kiva where we are a Kiva Trustee. After completing the private fundraising period by bringing in the first 20 lenders, a Kiva requirement, Naked Cow's campaign is now viewable all around the world. It will be a race for our Hawaii lenders to participate in this loan and show our sense of community, before it gets completely funded. So come on Hawaii food-lovers, go to Kiva's website www.kiva.org/lend/1376583 and check it out!
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