Community investing efforts are growing across the Pacific Northwest! There are various LION networks in the region, different crowdsourcing efforts, and two formal networks in Oregon that have organized around Slow Money.
South Willamette Valley
Inspired by a visit from Woody Tasch to the University of Oregon in early 2013, a few attendees set out to help build resilience in their local food and farming economy. They went on to form Slow Money South Willamette Valley with a mission to catalyze low-interest loans to local, sustainable food and farming businesses in their region.
Slow Money SWV had their first public gathering in December 2013 where they catalyzed 3 loans to local food and farming entrepreneurs. In just over a year, they’ve catalyzed 10 loans totaling over $98K through a peer to peer lending format.
For more info about SMSWV contact Erin Ely at email@example.com.
Farther south in the Rogue Valley, Southern Oregon has its own network appropriately named SO Slow Money.
SO Slow Money had their 2nd annual Home Grown Finance event on August 5th with several local emerging farm successes. They brought in $47,500 in private Slow Money seed investments last year and 4 of the 8 companies currently in their summer accelerator came through SO Slow Money.
We are incredibly excited for the future of local sustainable farming in Oregon thanks to these sustainable food champions. These fellow Cascadians are “bringing people together around a shared vision. It starts with the soil, entrepreneurs are the seeds and Investors are the water.”
For more info about SO SLow Money contact Rosetta Shaw at firstname.lastname@example.org.