Slow food inspired an entire generation of eaters and food businesses, but about 10 years ago, influencers in the financial world started picking up on the locavore ethos.

Woody Tasch is the founder of the “Slow Money” movement, which aims to bring the ideals of the local food movement into investing. Contributed by Slow Money.

One of them, Woody Tasch, coined the term “Slow Money” in his 2008 book on a more organic way of funding food startups, and since then, more than two dozen investment clubs and networking groups have started across the country.

With two events in Austin this weekend, Tasch will be sharing about ideas and concepts from his newest book, “ Soil: Notes Towards the Theory and Practice of Nurture Capital.”

The first is a free book signing at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, at the Central Library downtown, and the second is a dinner at Eden East and Springdale Farm on Monday, May 21.


?Austin Foodshed Investors is hosting the dinner, which will bring together food entrepreneurs and investors to learn about the personal impact investing and the Slow Money ideals, as well as the local community that has sprouted up around them. According to AFI, which has grown significantly in recent years, local companies that have benefited from Slow Money investments include Richardson Farms, Cat Spring Yaupon, Eden’s Organic Nursery and Bola Pizza.

Tickets to the Slow Money/AFI dinner on Monday night cost $150, and you can find them at