Join us the fourth Sunday of most months.
Sunday, April 23, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Los Altos Hills Town Council Chambers
26379 W Fremont Rd, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022. [map]
- 6:00 — Socializing. Bring snacks if you feel inspired.
- 6:15 — Start: Introductions; What is Slow Money? and What is a LION? for new members.
- 6:30 — Louise Derrick, Founder and CEO will introduce us to Love A Bee
Love a Bee has set itself the mission of securing the American food supply one hive at a time. Love a Bee began life as a MBA Design Project. It became a collaboration between the founders, beekeepers, and its customers – those who care deeply about where their food comes from and how it’s made. They have big dreams of a land of plenty, where healthy bees pollinate the natural world, and where farmers who love and care for their bees. Love a Bee supports beekeepers the best way they know, by curating their honey and making it available to the public.
- 6:55 — George Hubert, Architect, Manager, will introduce us to Community Farm Development Service
The Community Farm Development Service (CFDS) facilitates affordable ownership of small farms (<100 ac.) by resident farmers. First, CFDS options agricultural land near the urban edge in those communities with a strong interest in local food and support for farmers’ markets. Next, CFDS establishes agricultural cooperatives which are owned by farmers who qualify for the USDA Farm Service Agency Guaranteed Loan Program. CFDS maintains a client relationship to the cooperatives it has organized. CFDS services include farm planning and design; construction management of farm infrastructure, including self-help housing for the resident farm families; and, oversight of the FSA financing process. CFDS projects may offset the cost of land and improvements with the construction and sale of two market rate homes. Eligibility for agricultural conservation easements (ACE) and low-income housing tax credits (LIHTC) offer additional opportunities for cost offsets. CFDS projects are entitled by-right throughout the state of California under the Employee Housing Act and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). CFDS intends to incorporate as a benefit corporation (B-type) with agricultural land conservation, sustainable agriculture, affordable housing, and fair trade as the core social benefits of the mission.
- 7:20– Conversation – topic TBD
- 7:45– Slow Announcements – what other kind would we have?
- 7:55 — clean-up and networking
Occasionally we discuss the particulars of investment opportunities in the last part of the meeting To participate in this you must have signed the LION agreement. If you have not signed yet, you can do so in the first part of the meeting and stay for the rest. Have you signed the Slow Money Principles yet? Make sure you’re name is down as supporting our values. The bigger the list of supporters, the bigger our reach.