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Access to Capital for Young Farmers and Local Farms Fund Launch
October 9, 2014
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dollar in field-410pxJoin us to discuss the on-going challenges faced by young farmers trying to access capital.  Hosted by Impact Hub!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
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Impact Hub New York
394 Broadway, New York, NY (edit map)  Note: Posters in Lobby will direct you to the correct floor and location. 
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The average age of Farmers in the United States is about 58 years old.

Many young people want to farm but face serious challenges to raise capital.  Unless we resolve this capital crisis, we face uncertainty whether our Country can feed itself in the future.  No Finance, No Farms, No Food.

To help frame this important issue, we have drawn upon a wide group of experts in the “field,” including:

• Kevin Egolf – Working Farms Capital, Eastern Region Business Manager + Local Farms Fund, Co-Founder
Steve Rosenberg – Scenic Hudson• , Senior Vice President; Executive Director of the Scenic Hudson Land Trust, Inc.
• Jim Oldham – Hudson Valley Farm Affordability Program – Equity Trust, Executive Director –
• Tim Slavin – Farm Credit East – Consultant –
• Holly Rippon-Butler, Land Access Campaign Manager, National Young Farmers Coalition
• Derek Denckla, Foodshed Investors NYModerator

Local Farms Local FoodSlow Money NYC is delighted to host this dialogue and announce the launch of its latest solution to this serious problem facing our agricultural future: Local Farms Fund, a joint venture with Working Farms Capital.

Local Farms Fund will launch later this Fall and purchase small farms, making them available to  starting farmers with a lease-to-own relationship. We hope to create a model for increasing capital to local farms and young farmers.

Food + Enterprise – February 27- March 1 – Planning for Slow Money NYC’s amazing annual event is heating up! Slow Money NYC will give a brief update on our community-building work along with a heartfelt solicitation for panelists, volunteers, mentors, coaches and SPONSORS!

Local Entrepreneur Pitches (To Be Announced) will make presentations about their Business Models at the end of the Meetup.  We also provide plenty of networking time before and after the formal program.

Louisville_logoNational Gathering is rapidly approaching on November 11-12, 2014.  Register now!

Get inspired byof Woody Tasch, Executive Director of Slow Money, in his latest take on the intersection of money, finance, and healthy soil.  http://slowmoney.org/commons_nth_pamphlet.pdf.

beetcoin_image_0824BeetCoin! As part of the gathering Slow Money has created the ‘beet coin’ as a way of funding a couple of the local food presenters at the Gathering in an immediate way.  Go to http://beetcoin.org to learn more.

About our Monthly Slow Gatherings:

Every month, we get together to network and share information about a topic, issue or idea that furthers the growth of investment in the local food system. Suggest an idea! Enterprises at all stages of growth can apply to present their business ideas at the Gathering seeking consultants, mentors and investors.

Hosted by Impact Hub!