By John Mesko • SFA Executive Director
The modern sustainable agriculture movement has established successful production models. We’ve developed and advocated for successful small and mid-sized marketing models. One of the next areas on which we are working is overcoming financing issues and developing a sustainable financing model for our brand of agriculture.
This is not an easy task, but our friends at Renewing the Countryside have been working on this for many years and have made progress. A number of years ago, at the SFA Annual Conference, we hosted Woody Tasch, founder of Slow Money, as he discussed alternatives to funding and financing the kind of agriculture which accounts for all costs, including environmental costs. Slow Money has continued to develop, and now Renewing the Countryside is taking the next big step in bringing Slow Money to Minnesota in a big way!
If you are a farmer, or someone interested in the long-term viability of sustainable agriculture, I would invite you to attend RTC’s Slow Money Event, Wed., June 17, in St. Paul. We need to advance solutions in all facets of agriculture, and this event is the gateway to exploring and moving forward those financial solutions.
You won’t be disappointed. Here are five reasons you’ll want to be there:
- If you are passionate about local foods and farmers, this event will lay the groundwork for opening up new channels for supporting these businesses.
- This will not be boring. Those who come will learn things, and will have fun doing it.
- This will be a who’s who of local foods. See old friends and make new.
- The venue, Como Dockside has been remodeled and their chef is Ella Wesenberg, formerly of the Modern Cafe, so the food will be great!
- After the event, you can head downstairs where there is a free concert by the Big Band Zuhrah Flames.