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|6:00||Slow Start - Greetings|
|6:15||What is Slow Money? Community intros|
|Saint Benoît Creamery, Benoit de Korsak
Pastoral Plate, Jonathan Lewis
|What makes a good farming or ranching business? Joel Salatin and Joe Morris call themselves grass farmers. Others focus on the soil. Many focus on diversity. Farms and ranches which are diverse and which pay attention to the land tend to be resilient in the face of change; should be resilient in the face of future climate change. They also tend to be good businesses. We have two guest speakers who have a lot of experience in studying and measuring land management practices:
Peter Donovan founded the Soil Carbon Coalition to advance the practice, and engage people in the opportunity, of turning atmospheric carbon into soil organic matter. Their Soil Carbon Challenge is a competition to see how fast land managers can turn atmospheric carbon into soil organic matter. In the process, land managers often find efficiencies which make their operations more profitable in many ways.
John Wick directs the Marin Carbon Project which seeks to enhance carbon sequestration in rangeland, agricultural, and forest soils through applied research, demonstration and implementation. John ranches in Nicasio in Marin County, where he measures land management practices on his own property.
Peter and John will tell us about land projects that they're working on, results of current measurements, ideas for creating resilient farming and ranching businesses. We have talked about how to perform due diligence on businesses - expect to leave with a better knowledge of how to do so regarding farms and ranches.
|7:55||Wrap up and additional opportunity for networking|
If you like, bring snackables and drinkables to share.
Street Parking available.
From Embarcadero BART take Light Rail towards Visitation Valley, 20th St stop is in front of the building.
From Mission/16th ST BART, take Bus 22 to 3rd/20th
From the Peninsula, take Caltrain to 22nd St station, 3 blocks to walk
When & Where
Slow Money Northern California
Slow Money is a movement and national nonprofit organization that catalyzes investments in local food systems. In over 20 local networks across the North America, entrepreneurs, investors, foodies, and localization activists have joined forces to rebuild the economics of local food and agriculture.