Woody Tasch will give a talk about the Slow Money movement, local investing and what he calls "nurture capital" at the Jesup Memorial Library on Sunday, Aug. 5, at 1 p.m. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE JESUP

Slow money and “nurture capital”



BAR HARBOR — Woody Tasch will give a talk about his book “SOIL: Notes Towards the Theory and Practice of Nurture Capital” at the Jesup Memorial Library on Sunday, Aug. 5, at 1 p.m.

Nurture capital, Tasch writes, is a vision of finance that begins where investing and philanthropy end, “giving us a new way to reconnect to one another and places where we live, all the way down to local food systems and the soil.”

Tasch’s work addresses the question, “How can we fix what’s broken in our economy and our country through the entry point of local food systems?”

One way, he suggests, is for people to invest locally in a small enterprises or small farms near where they live.

“I love fertile soil, and, as much, I love fertile minds,” said Eliot Coleman, author and owner of Four Seasons Farm, who will be introducing Tasch at the Jesup.

“Woody Tasch has one. His heart ain’t bad, either. He puts both to marvelous, and very important, effect in this book. It is a vital next step for all of us who care about food, farms, slow money and what lies ahead.”

Tasch is the founder of the Slow Money movement which was based on a vision presented in his book “Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered.”

The movement works to bring a flow of capital to local food systems, connecting investors to the places where they live and promoting new principles of fiduciary responsibility that “bring money back down to earth.” To date, more than $66 million has flowed, via dozens of local Slow Money groups, to 697 organic farms and small food enterprises. Slow Money events have attracted thousands of people from 46 states and seven countries.

Books will be on sale that night courtesy of co-sponsor Sherman’s Books. Contact the Jesup at 288-4245 or [email protected].

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