Putting money where your food is

Listen to this edition of Field Notes

Tim Lloyd here, filling in for Field Notes host Jessica Naudziunas.

On this episode,  it’s all about investing in tangible things at the local level. 

Around three months ago, I started working on a story for Harvest and The Kansas City Star about venture capital investing in agriculture.  I talked to a lot of people about market opportunity, multimillion dollar investment funds and fast-moving technology, that sort of stuff.

Along the way I came across a book that had a whole different take on the topic.

Slow Money was crafted by former venture capitalist Woody Tasch. In the book, which reads equal parts economic declaration and poetic appeal, Tasch lays out a new idea for investing that seeks balance between capital markets of uber proportion and local food systems and businesses, placing the health of soil as an ultimate dividend.

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Music by The Columbia Academy of Music, check out their website HERE.

Learn more about the next Slow Money national gathering, how you can start slow money investing now and where to buy Tasch’s book by clicking HERE.

To this end, Tasch has been traveling around the U.S. for the past few years on behalf of his nonprofit, also called Slow Money, trying to connect investors with local food upstarts.  Tasch is also chairman emeritus of Investors' Circle, a nonprofit network of investors that has facilitated the flow of $134 million to 200 sustainability minded, early stage companies and venture funds.

And, since this episode is all about local, I asked some musicians from a new local business in Columbia, Mo., called the Columbia Academy of Music, to help me illustrate what Tasch’s investment vision might sound like.

So, listen, think and maybe even tap your foot to the rhythm of slow money.