Slow Money Alliance

Local investing for local sustainable food production and food safety

Location: Corvallis site
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Latest Activity: Jan 22, 2013

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Comment by James Paul Rodell on October 28, 2010 at 6:27pm
Thank you, William and Jason. I look forward to meeting you, perhaps during the leadup to the Angel Conference.
Comment by William Ray Ford on October 28, 2010 at 8:50pm
Looking forward to it.
Comment by William Ray Ford on November 13, 2010 at 6:57pm
Saw that Will Carey is looking for his Slow Money book that he loaned John Sechrest. Anyone know Will and if so invite him to the group. It was great seeing quite a few of you over at WIN on 11/11 and outstanding event. Jessica curled my toes with her Cougar comments. I am way too old and slow to be pounced on by a Cougar. Can we apply innovation and creativity to reach some of our Slow Money goals and increase use of the Slow Money principals? Bruce Hecht is starting to work on his Food Boot Camp. I saw the first card on it at WIN, thanks for taking some leadership in this Bruce. Jef and Jason better get involved with him for sure. Congratulations Biff, your election to city council of Corvallis is going to help out the business community's position! Bye to John Sechrest from the area but I predict he will stay connected to us at least electronically.
Comment by William Ray Ford on November 13, 2010 at 6:59pm
Oh, I forgot, I saw Jerry Savarino, Sanda Communications at WIN and he had the pleasure of driving the new all electric Nissan Leaf and gave it high marks. He also produced an update to the History of Innovation. Once again, an outstanding job Jerry.
Comment by William Ray Ford on November 26, 2010 at 8:25am
Happy Thanksgiving and Black Friday everyone. Bruce Hecht is working hard on the USDA Grant for the Food Boot Camp. I passed on the SlowMoney principals and newsletter to him and a lot of other folks in the Region who are working toward a more local and sustainable food network. I am hopeful that real progress can be made in the valley this year. Please join in the efforts of the COG, CB-Coalition, BEC, Natural Step, SBDC at LBCC as they take a serious look at food processing, food entrepreneurship and other food related issues. Post your thoughts and ideas on here and get the word out that we can improve our food security locally if we all work together!
Comment by Biff Traber on November 26, 2010 at 9:56am
Bill, can you tell me more about how to join these activities. I agree that next year ought to be a year of progress on food processing in the area. And I want to see where I can help and where the city could add value. Please point me at any info from these organizations or meetings to discuss the topic.
Comment by Wendy Kincade on November 26, 2010 at 11:55am
Biff - Congrats on your election. Bill - Good seeing you at WIN. There is a lot of work being done around the community regarding food security. Sometimes I wonder, however, if any of them are actually aware of what the others are doing. Some type of consortium where ideas and resources could be shared might be useful.
Comment by Jason Bradford on November 26, 2010 at 12:16pm
I'd like to point out there there are many different lenses through which to view food security. The USDA, for example, sees it completely as an economic issues, as in ability to pay for food. Homeland Security worries about terrorist acts disrupting distribution or food safety, or a quarantine for disease reasons impeding transportation. FEMA is concerned about localized or regional natural disasters and the 3 day supplies on grocery shelves and loss of power to homes and ability to keep and cook food. Long-term thinkers consider the depletion of resources, such as oil, water and topsoil, and what this means for the industrial food system.

In some cases you can do things that tackle all levels of food security at once and in other cases policies may work against each other. For example, the commodity subsidies of the US lock us into unsustainable farm practices while simultaneously making calorie dense foods very cheap. This has a short term benefit for the very poor, perhaps, but long-term is bad for their health and the viability of agriculture.
Comment by William Ray Ford on November 26, 2010 at 12:43pm
Biff, Thanks for the post and your willingness to be a champion. Pam Silbernagel over at COG is the fiscal agent for the regional grant. Bruce has leadership for the food boot camp. Kathleen Hutchenson the ED of the BEC has a survey prepared to go out or it might already have been sent out. Barbara Bessy at SDBC/LBCC has the training portion. I think John Pascone over in Albany/Millersburg has a piece of it as well. I was not involved in writing the grant but have seen bits and pieces of it. I will forward the stuff I have collected on it so far.
Comment by William Ray Ford on November 26, 2010 at 12:47pm
You make some very good points Jason but then you do have your PhD! smile I do think this Slow Money group and following the principals for it can help coordinate the overall effort. I have leadership for the Willamette Angel Conference III this year and would love to have Farmland LP compete for the cash prize which we anticipate will be over $150,000. Business plans are due March 15th and the conference and competition will be May 12th. Snooze you Looze Jason. Keep those good thoughts coming. If you know any Qualified Investors who may be interested in local investing via the WAC please let me know.


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