Kentucky Well Represented In Colorado Gathering - Investor Dollars For Slow Food!

Mary Berry, daughter of famed author Wendell Berry, Chad Arnold, Chief Executive of Door to Door Organics, an online grocery store in Louisville, were among the participants and speakers at the fourth Slow Money National Gathering.

Five hundred people showed up to mix and mingle not only with one another in the slow food movement but also with investors who are increasingly turning to funding food start ups that trumpet the virtues of small farming and "slow" cooking.  

Slow Money was established in 2008 on the heels of a book by founder Woody Tasch entitled:  "Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money:  Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered" and is envisioned as an antidote to big agriculture.  "It really is not just about building a better financial base but ultimately about community building," said Gary Paul Nabhan who is interested in expanding the slow food movement beyond the glamour towns of Santa Fe and Boulder.  (Note however that the conference is being held in Boulder.)

Bumbling from the bottom up, this new take on venture capital holds promise for states like Kentucky where the food movement is taking root amidst the entrepreneurial seeds that has always been Kentucky's strong suit … if only Kentucky would take hold of it.  

Call it local, call it slow, call it community … it is what we can do best if we put our minds to it.  As the article puts it, this was  "A gathering in Colorado aimed at 'planting the seeds of nurture capital."