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Join us the fourth Sunday of most months.

Sunday, July 23, 2017, 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Raynor Park
1565 Quail Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94087 [Map]
as a part of
Slow Food South Bay’s 20th Anniversary Celebration
1:00 – 8:30 PM in Raynor Park


Slow Money South Bay will dedicate its session to cooperatives.   We’ll talk a little bit about what they are, why we like them, and how we’ve worked with them to date.

Bob Gulino, President of Umunhum Brewing Cooperative  – will talk about the 1st beer co-op in California!

Hank Herrera, President of New Hope Farms  – will talk about the worker cooperative farm in the East Bay and borrowing money from Slow Money friends.

November Slow News from the South Bay and Beyond

  • Slow Money held its 5th National Gathering in Louisville November 10-12. Approximately 800 people convened for 2 1/2 days of inspiring talks, entrepreneur presentations and great networking. If you would like to watch for yourself, the entire event is available on You Tube: Day 1 included a keynote by Joel Salatin; Day 2 included a panel with Wendell Berry and Louisville mayor Greg Fisher, that told us in part why Louisville is such a great farm-to-table city, and a keynote by Vandana Shiva; Day 3 included the Entrepreneur Showcases. Watch and be inspired yourself.
  • Rajnish Khanna of Global Food Scholar (October 2014) told us that one of the three legs of the company he is building will work on supporting the soil micro-biome. You can read more about the soil micro-biome in the article,Is This Fungus the Future of Farming? at Mother Jones.
  • Herb Moore, who with his band Elm Street entertained us at Farm Fest at Pie Ranch (2012) and at Farm Fest at Full Circle Farm (2014), is running a Kickstarter campaign to fund production of his new album, “River Time”. Support Herb and you can make sure that you’ll get your copy of the album.

January meeting

We had a great January meeting, hearing about Mercey Hot Springs and CropMobster. And talking with Full Circle Farm about a spring Farm Fest – we’re working toward verifying a date for this and will certainly announce something by next month.

We’re going to try something different in February: a themed meeting built around AB 551, the Urban Incentives Zone Act. We’ll hear from an urban agriculture business that has been involved in implementing the act in San Jose and wants to farm more land designated in new incentive zones. And we’ll talk about getting zones implemented in other South Bay jurisdictions. Should be interesting.

Starting 2014

Lots of good things happened in 2013 in the world of Slow Money. We met many great companies and organizations and started to build a local sustainable network. Some of our members made personal loans to some local businesses. We are no longer just a talk shop. We’re getting things done.

We’re looking forward to an exciting 2014 – and we’re starting to see a new path forward. I’ve talked about creating a “Sustainable Food (and Green Energy) Rotary Club”, whereby our members get to know each other, make connections and partnerships, find customers, suppliers, contractors, venues, supplies and more – including occasionally investing in each other. This is mostly a change of focus, where the possibility of an investment is just one of many outcomes. This is in part a response to the reality that there are only so many loans our members can make, but there are other things that they can do with their energy to foster more sustainable businesses. I wonder what people think of such a change. We hope that you’ll join us and tell us what you think – and help us evolve.