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Slow Money founder Woody Tasch's new book is now available! It uses poetry, essays and photography to explore a new vision of food, money and the soil. His first book, Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money, sparked a movement. Now we have the next strong dose of vision to impel us forward. Learn more about the book here: slowmoney.org/soil2017
If anyone has an interest in bringing Woody to Hawaii for a book reading and a talk, please contact me! Aloha, Mary
Woody Tasch's new book: SOIL 2017 Of Earthworms, Billionaires, AHA! Moments, Mythic Implications and the Considerable Virtues of Bringing Our Money Back Down to Earth (Not All of It, of Course, but Enough to Matter) Notes Towards the
Yes, all that is in the title.
I was recently on a Slow Money leaders conference call and "met" Woody for the first time. He explained that the book was being self-published, at least in part, so he could be more creative - like writing his very long title!
The paragraph that follows spoke to me. My tolerance for politicized (and generally not well-informed) opinions has been exhausted in the current climate. My capacity for maintaining hope and optimism under a daily barrage of deeply disturbing news about the state of the world is diminishing rapidly. My answer to this chaos that surrounds me is to hunker down and focus on the things which I can influence and make an impact, however small it may seem in the larger scheme of things. This is why I have committed myself to family, friendship, a yoga practice that renews me, a bit of gardening and my work on Slow Money Hawaii.
Woody says it nicely in the following excerpt reprinted from SOIL: Notes Towards the Theory and Practice of Nurture Capital by Slow Money founder Woody Tasch.
We need to rediscover imagination.
Imagination that enables us to reckon our whereabouts in a world that is heating up and speeding up. Imagination that enables us to find our way past shallow punditry, tribal vitriol, global this and cyber that, past the hyper and the ultra and the mega. Imagination that leads us back to one another, to the places where we live, and to the land—not just the land of “this land is your land, this land is my land,” but also the soil itself, upon which all life depends.
I hope you can spend this Christmas season with the people you treasure most and doing some of things that make you feel whole.
Slow Money Hawaii has partnered with Hawaii Ulu Co-op to garner capital for their rapidly growing business. They are bursting at the seams and need to at least double their freezer space, or triple it if possible. That's right - they have created a market for Ulu with restaurants and grocers, and a cooperative for farmers to process and distribute their ulu crop! This is one giant step forward for bringing ulu to the forefront as a food crop for Hawaii once again.
With a Slow Money Hawaii endorsement Hawaii Ulu has killed it on Kiva!! Fully funding their $10,000 loan in under 24 hours!!!! Now they're working on their Slow Money loan.
Wow! I think we must have set a record of some kind!
Slow Money Hawaii recently endorsed Haleiwa's newest farm, Chris and Matt Holloway's Offshore Organics, for a $10,000 Kiva loan that was fully funded in barely more than 24 hours!!
Now we're working with them on a Slow Money loan through our networks. Watch for this up and coming high tech aeroponics farm - they have a very unique and promising model. Learn more about them here: www.kiva.org/lend/1407915
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.
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