Eat, Drink and Make Money at Slow Money Gathering in San Francisco

National Movement Pairs Savvy Investors with Family Farms and Small Food Businesses

Sep 21, 2011, 12:12 ET from Slow Money

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Slow Money movement, cited by as "one of the top five trends in finance in 2011" is coming to San Francisco October 12- 14; bringing together small food business entrepreneurs, conscious investors, stars from food, finance and the green living worlds, and a diverse constituency who want to know where their food comes from and where their money goes.

The Third Annual Slow Money National Gathering ( is part venture fair, part farm to table celebration, part forum on the future of the economy. 100 speakers are scheduled over three days including award winning journalist David Suzuki; internationally acclaimed environmentalist Vandana Shiva; Wes Jackson of The Land Institute; scientist turned economist and best selling author Chris Martenson;  and Thomas Steyer, founder of Farallon Capital Management, Managing Director at San Francisco based Hellman & Friedman and a signatory to the Buffet-Gates Giving Pledge.

"In the 21st century, investing is not only about market sectors and asset allocation," states Slow Money Founder and former venture capitalist Woody Tasch, "In a world that is speeding up and heating up, losing its soil and its sense of common purpose, investing is also about healing broken relationships. What makes more sense than taking a small amount of money and putting it to work where we live, in things that we understand, starting with food?"

The three day event is the third for the Slow Money Alliance, a growing network with 11 chapters across the U.S. At 2010's conference over $4 million was invested and since then an additional $5 million has flowed to dozens of enterprises. This year's "Entrepreneur Showcase" will spotlight 24 companies seeking funding;  while break out sessions- both practical and inspiring-  will cover topics ranging from farmland preservation to investment clubs. Each day includes music, films, local foods vendors, and opportunities for networking.  

"The National Gathering provides a wonderful environment that catalyzes the flow of money and creates social change," said Ari Derfel, whose award winning Berkeley restaurant Gather was a recipient of Slow Money capital.

Cost is $595 for individuals, non profits and startups; $895 for professional investors and philanthropists.  Farmer and student discounts available. For more information or to register online visit

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