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Woody Tasch has had “aha” moments big and small. In years working in venture capital and angel investing, he grew frustrated with the inability to direct money to the places he truly cared about. That led to the “aha” he described as:“What happens when you step outside of what you’ve been taught about how investing or philanthropy is supposed to work?” Tasch said. “What if we were putting our money to work in a way that was really designed to help the end user, not minimize risks for the funder?”
In Tasch’s case, the end users are small farmers and organic food startups. That “aha” describes the philosophy behind the Slow Money Institute and SOIL — or Slow Opportunities for Investing Locally — the investment vehicles Tasch has created to help fund small organic farms and keep the money within the community.
The Boulder-based Tasch founded the Slow Money Institute in 2012, and since then it has given small farmers and small food startups more than $75 million in low-interest loans.
Tasch launched SOIL in 2017 as what he calls a hybrid of investing and philosophy. Local investors can form or join a SOIL group in their community, pool their money, and …
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