Tasch talks up slow money in Portland
By Christina Williams
Editor, Sustainable Business Oregon
Portlanders love their locally sourced, food so it's no surprise that Woody Tasch, the author of "Slow Money" and an advocate for investing in local food systems was well received when he took the stage at the ReVisioning Value conference Monday at the Gerding Theater.
Tasch, whose audacious goal is to convince 1 million Americans to invest 1 percent of their assets in the local food system, late last year launched The Soil Trust, a fundraising mechanism for pooling small contributions.
Tasch is also pursuing grants to help cover the expansion of his Berkeley, Calif.-based nonprofit organization to keep up with interest in the Slow Money movement from places such as Austin, Texas; Boston, Madison, Wis., Seattle, the Bay Area, Raleigh and Durham, N.C.; Santa Fe, N.M.; and Burlington, Vt.
But while these other regions have rallied to support their own, informal Slow Money chapters, nothing has popped up in Oregon so far.
This from the state whose land-use policies have fiercely guarded agricultural land, from the state whose young-farmer movement was profiled this week in the New York Times, and from a state where eating local is a form of religion.
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