Funding the Hands that Feed Us: Investing in Local Farmers

Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This event is cosponsored by CUESA and Slow Money Northern California.

Our nourishment depends on farmers sowing, growing, and harvesting the food we eat. We’re all in this together, and these challenging times call for stronger connections between urban eaters and the farms that feed us.

In addition to farmers markets and CSAs, direct financial investment is another way urban residents can support the economic livelihoods of farmers and have a stake in the future of the food system.

This gathering will explore how community members can invest in local farms, learn about a successful farmer-investor relationship, and hear from farmers about current opportunities for investment.

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Agenda Overview

Introductions and welcome by CUESA and Slow Money

Marcy Coburn

Beyond the market: strengthening the connection between eater and farmers.
Marcy Coburn, Executive Director, CUESA

Alexis Koefoed, Arno Hesse

Soul Food Farm: learning from group investment in a small farm
Alexis Koefoed, Owner of Soul Food Farm
Arno Hesse, SOIL Investor Network

Entrepreneur Spotlights on Local Farmers


Lonely Mountain Farm

Lonely Mountain Farm, Corralitos. Molly & Kenny Baker
Organic family farm growing a great diversity of fruit, flowers and vegetables


Casa Rosa Farms

Casa Rosa Farms, Capay Valley. Rachel & Anthony da Rosa
Small family farm offering pasture-raised meats, organic olive oil, fruit, wool, and body products made from farm ingredients

How to get involved as a community funder

Community announcements



Tractor slow

Farmers market snacks will be served. You’re welcome to bring snackables and non-alcoholic drinkables to share.

If you’d like to volunteer (free ticket), please write us a note via “contact the organizer”.