As an early investor in Stonyfield, and a long-time friend and admirer of the intrepid Gary Hirshberg, it’s with the greatest enthusiasm that I reach out to invite all friends of Stonyfield to Slow Money’s 4th national gathering, April 29-30 in Boulder, CO.
Slow Money? you ask. In only our 4th year, we’ve just passed the $23 million mark–but those aren’t company revenues, rather they are the total of the investment capital we have steered through our nonprofit network into 185 small food enterprises around the country. We’ve got 16 chapters and six investment clubs in the U.S. and another new chapter in France. We hope this is only the beginning.
While Stonyfield continues its groundbreaking work bringing organic yogurt to increasing numbers of consumers, and while Chairman Gary is leading the charge nationally with respect to GMOs and Right To Know, Slow Money is working to connect a next generation of small investors to the next generation of small sustainable food enterprises. Is there a next Stonyfield in the bunch? Well, of course, you all know that there can never be another Stonyfield. But that’s the fun of it and the importance of it: there’s a whole bunch of “nexts” out there, sprouting, and we want to nurture them, in the name of diversity, carrying capacity, care of the commons, sense of place and nonviolence.
If you want to be part of this process, JOIN US in April in Boulder. Carlo Petrini, the founder of Slow Food, and Mary Berry, Wendell’s daughter and E.D. of the newly formed Berry Center, along with too many other thought leaders and entrepreneurs to name here, will be with us.
And thanks to Stonyfield for helping us get the word out.
Chairman, Slow Money