On May 21, Austin Foodshed Investors had the pleasure of hosting Slow Money’s progenitor, Woody Tasch, right here in Austin. Woody had just released his book – SOIL: Notes Towards the Theory and Practice of Nature Capital. This book is a think-piece on what it means to do the right thing with capital - how to create systems around finance, people, and nature that creates positive outcomes and externalities. Part of the answer is slowing down capital to a pace that we, as people, can better comprehend – one of the key tenants of Slow Money.
Woody spoke at the new Austin Central Library downtown where we had the chance to engage with folks interested in sustainability, local food, and good business. This was a free event, and it was great to see such an array of individuals interested in engaging with Slow Money theory and practice.
This was followed by an incredible locally sourced, on-farm dinner at Springdale Farm catered by Eden East. Attendees were treated to an array of seasonal goods, including beverages provided by AFI Portfolio companies Still Austin Whiskey, Rambler, and Hops and Grain. Tea was provided by a new startup beverage company, Texana Tea.
There is real, tangible value to convening groups of passionate people oriented towards a common goal. During Woody and Slow Money’s time in town we met investors, farmers, restaurateurs, entrepreneurs, lawyers, good food advocates, extension agents… It’s comforting to know there are so many smart, mission driven people in Central Texas dedicated to sustainable, local foods
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