Silence can be deafening can’t it…

It has been quite some time since we last posted to the blog or updated the site. For that we apologize.

However, we have not been sitting back, drinking craft beer and being lazy. *Not that there’s anything wrong with that! We have been hard at work spinning up a new entity to function as the action arm of what was started here as Slow Money Austin.

See, we think of Slow Money Austin as a bell cow, a conversation starter, a place to connect and have discussions around what it means to invest locally, in our food system, in small scale enterprises and generally invest in the 21st century. In this sense, the Slow Money Austin group exists to lead the conversation and connect us to what is happening in other parts of the country and around the world, with respect to investing in our soil.

Over the years, Slow Money Austin has struggled to activate our community. We were great at hosting potlucks, convening people but we fell short when it came time to actually move funds into the small businesses that feed us and call Central Texas home. This caused a great deal of frustration on our part, as we felt ourselves becoming “all talk and no action”. So, AFI was born.

Austin Foodshed Investors was started out of the Slow Money Austin group at the start of 2015. The goal was to find, organize and educate an investor base that wanted to put their money to work in our community, with the folks that comprise, grow and strengthen our food shed. So, that’s just what we’ve done.

You can find out more on AFI’s website. Check it out and let us know what you think. We’re always looking to innovate and continue to engage more members of our community with the goal of actualizing some of the things Slow Money stands for.

The down side of all of this is that there hasn’t been much in the way of bandwidth or energy to put into the Slow Money Austin website or towards planning more events. But, we wanted you to know that we are still here, we are still working with the other networks around the country, we are still going to national gatherings and keeping a pulse on what is happening. We just haven’t been able to relay most of that on a consistent basis.

Keep an eye out for some events, co-sponsored with Austin Foodshed Investors, in the future. In the mean time, let us know what you’re thinking, if you want to learn more about Slow Money or if you’re just crazy enough to volunteer to help bring some energy and spunk back into the group!


The Slow Money Austin Team

Spring Event with AFI set for April 30th & May 1st

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.

Keep the first of April 2016 open!

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 – – 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

AFI Presents: Raising Capital for Local Sustainable Food Companies, May 29 @ SFC

Are you a local Austin-area for-profit sustainable food company considering raising capital?  Have you built the “triple bottom line” of people, planet, and profits into the DNA of your business, and now see opportunities to expand your impact in each of those areas?

Are you wondering how to raise money, and who to talk to?  Are you concerned that only high-tech companies with super fast growth and plans for exit can raise capital?

This seminar will present an overview of the fundraising process, in understandable language and with real life examples, from both a traditional investment and “impact investment” standpoint.  While traditional investment requires “home-run” strategies, dramatic growth, and all efforts focused on eventually selling the business, in impact investing, “values” investors seek to fund sustainable companies with reasonable growth plans, the desire to reach attainable milestones and be profitable and cash-positive while doing good in the world, and maybe no desire to ever sell or “exit”.


Presenter Kevin Castello is the former Executive Director of the Baylor Angel Network, where he closed over 250 private investment deals and ran several funds.  He is a Venture Fellow and on the Adjunct Faculty at Baylor University.  Kevin now runs Best Fit Capital, at  He will help you understand the fundraising process, the different kinds – and implications – of investor money available, how to align your venture’s funding structure with your personal and company goals, pitching & presenting, NDAs and confidentiality, and the “cost of capital” of the various financial vehicles.

This workshop is brought to you by Austin Foodshed Investors, a new Angel Network in Austin that connects accredited “values” investors with local sustainable food companies seeking capital.  Austin Foodshed Investors’ Co-Founder Curt Nelson will give a brief overview of how AFI works, and will invite qualified companies to apply to be part of the AFI process.

There will be ample time for question and answer.

$99 per person, lunch included.  Please register at

Congratulations to Bola Pizza on their new oven.

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.

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Hoppy Hour – Monday 2/1

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.