The slow money movement had their first national conference a couple of weeks ago. 450 people from around the country showed up to discuss the concepts around slow money, slow food and small, local farms.
For those new to slow money, the event website describes the movement as:
"Slow Money. It's a new economic vision. It's an emerging network of investors, donors, farmers, and activists committed to building local food economies. It's about the soil of the economy. It's the beginning of the "nurture capital" industry."
The slow money movement has its roots in local, organic and sustainable farming. But it is part of a broader trend towards creating and supporting local economies and businesses. We've posted in the past on the coalition of consumers interested in buying local products. We've also posted on the the growing locavore trend - buying locally grown food. And we have a category on small farms.
Emergent Research is pleased to report that we're joining this movement and adding farming to our corporate portfolio.
Well, not really. What we are doing is working with a local non-profit that is focused on urban farming. We are providing them a section of our backyard to use to grow crops. The crops will be sold at local markets to support the effort.
In exchange for our land, water and a bit of financial support (I guess we are now nurture capitalists), we get some of the produce. The non-profit's staff does the actual farming, but this former Kansas farm boy plans on helping. To prepare, I bought the Green Acres DVD set.
It should be a lot of fun and we will report on our progress.
The image is from Your Backyard Farmer, an excellent site on community supported agriculture.