Good news for fans of warmer weather… we’ve moved the date for our spring event – co-sponsored by Austin Foodshed Investors – to the last weekend of April.
Sorry for the change, but we had a wonderful opportunity present itself that we couldn’t pass up. We have been able to partner with the Sustainable Food Center to host the Saturday portion of our event, which we are very excited about. We have been supporters of and partners with SFC for some time now and it just felt like a perfect fit when their space became available.
So, we are still working on the overall program, list of speakers and such, but we can start to tease some info already.
The Saturday Slow Money & AFI Masters Class
- To be held at the Sustainable Food Center
- We will cover a variety of food system related topics, in panel and round-table formats
- the state of the current local food system
- gaps that experts, entrepreneurs and investors see in our food system
- identify opportunities and those working to fill those gaps
- discuss ways community members can get involved with and help finance these initiatives
- And of course, it wouldn’t be an AFI event without a reception and drinks!
On Sunday, we will be at Springdale Farm to celebrate local farms, producers and food
- We will be showcasing and hearing from some local food heroes
- We will have hands-on sessions covering a variety of topics
- Organic Farming
- Forming and Operating Cooperatives
- Grant and other funding oportunites for local food entrepreneurs
- Local sourcing – from both the producer and buyer perspective
- Recent happenings with farm to school and farm to work programs
- We even plan to showcase a few small businesses looking to raise money
- There will be food trucks on-site for lunch
- To top it all off, we’ll have local vendors with products to share/try/enjoy
So, as you can see, we have a lot planned for those two days, but we are confident that it will end up being a wonderful event, supported by our community and highlighting the food system players that make our area such an amazing place to live.
***We are looking for volunteers to help with various aspects of the event – from planning, logistics, outreach and day of – so if you’d like to get involved, please let us know.
Keep an eye out in the coming weeks. We will be releasing information about speakers, hands-on session leaders and general details as they are confirmed.
Slow Money Regional Gathering and Urban Farm Showcase
We are happy to announce that we will be working with the Slow Money Institute this fall and winter in preparation to host a regional gathering event right here in Austin, Tx. The event is still in the early stages of the planning process, but we are hoping to lock in a date and location soon.
The event will have a format and feel similar to the event put on in Aspen, Co a few weeks ago, but with a decidedly Austin and Southwest vibe. You can find out more about the Colorado event here.
At this early stage we are looking for volunteers to help us with the planning and preparation, as well as logistics the day of the event. As you can imagine, we are hoping to out do our friends in Colorado (I mean, it is a matter of pride here!) but to get there we will need a lot of help from folks like you.
So, if you would like to find out more about our plans and possibly throw your name in the hat for helping us pull off one of the premier food and finance events of 2016, please let us know. We have plenty of ways to get your name on the list:
- You can join us at our monthly Hoppy Hour at Hopfields this coming Monday, October 5th. Meet the team, see how you can help and grab some food or a pint.
- Send me a message – firstname.lastname@example.org – and I will make sure I get you information on volunteer opportunities as they arise over the coming months.
- Keep an eye on our website, as we will be posting and maintaining a list of specific things we will need as we move through the planning process – Sponsors, PR, Event Space, Day of Setup/Teardown, Speaker Coordinator, etc…
This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase our local food community here in Austin, around the state and throughout the Southwest. So, we hope you can help us ensure that we have a wonderful event and keep the conversation going about how we can “bring our money back down to earth.”
The Slow Money Austin Team
We are so proud to be partnering with Kiva Zip. Take a look at their latest numbers from across the US. We’re looking forward to sponsoring our first company here in Texas. If you, or someone you know, would like to know more about the program, please contact us to find out.
Austin Foodshed Investors helps Bola Pizza conquer the state.
Folks all over the state will be seeing more of those white pizza boxes with the big, red “B” on them. Bola Pizza will be adding 15 HEB stores in Austin, San Antonio and Houston to their current line up of Central Market stores in April.
Husband and wife team, Christian and Jamie Bowers, have been making delicious wood fired pizzas for years now. After getting their start at local farmer’s markets and catering, folks just couldn’t get enough of their amazing pies. So, they decided to start making frozen pizzas and were quickly selling in Royal Blue Grocery, Wheatsville, Thom’s Market, Fresh Plus and through delivery services like Farmhouse and Greenling. Their growth has been steady and impressive with focus on maintaining quality. When HEB came calling they decided it was time to see if they could get the oven on their wish list.
Our monthly Hoppy Hour at Hopfields is coming up this Monday, the 2nd from 5:30-7:00
Come join us for a pint and learn about all the exciting things we’ve been working on over the last year or so. We did not host our monthly get together over the holidays or in January, so we’re excited to get back to Hopfields and enjoy a drink and some great food with friends and colegues. See you there.
Watch every keynote, every town hall of the 2014 National Gathering – It’s all here
Did you miss this year’s National Gathering in Louisville, KY? Maybe you were there and you were really inspired by one speaker or wish you could remember exactly how Wendell Berry said that amazing one-liner. Well, either way, we’ve got you covered. Go on, let Vandana Shiva give you goosebumps again, let Joel Salatin make you want to strangle Monsanto Execs and cheer for Jim Richardson as he presents. It’s all here.
We have a YouTube Channel here: 2015 National Gathering Videos
Stay Tuned for details about our Spring 2015 Austin event
We are still working on details, but hope to have a date nailed down soon. We have been working on some great things over here and we can’t wait to share them with our supporters, entrepreneurs, investors and the general public. We are hoping to get Woody in to speak with us and we are cultivating a list of great partnerships that we hope to announce over the coming months. Stay tuned.
Volunteers needed for event planning
We have some pretty lofty goals for this spring event, but we are going to need some help getting there. If you would like to help, please just contact us here: email@example.com and let us know that you would like to help. We will be looking for help of all kinds, so if you have some energy, ideas or time to lend us it will for sure go to helping our local economy and food system. So contact us today.