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Woody Tasch is the Founder and Chairman of the Slow Money Institute and author of “Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered” (Chelsea Green). Since 2010, dozens of local Slow Money networks and investment clubs have catalyzed the flow of $46 million into 450 local and/or organic food enterprises in the U.S., Canada and France.

Woody is widely renowned as a thought leader in patient capital, mission-related investing and community development venture capital. He is former Chairman and CEO of Investor’s Circle (IC), one of the oldest angel networks in the country and the only one dedicated to sustainability; since 1992, IC members have invested more than $200 million in early stage ventures. Woody was founding chairman of the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance and Treasurer of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation during the 1990s, where he spearheaded the integration of asset management and grant making, including a substantial investment in Stonyfield Farm, now the world’s largest organic yogurt producer.

This event is free and open to the public. You’ll have a chance to hear from each speaker, listen to a panel discussion, and then ask questions from the audience. It’s our first truly ambitious introduction of Slow Money to the region so we want a big, welcoming crowd for these very special speakers. Please mark your calendars now and help spread the word!

These are incredible contemporary thought leaders for those who care about the state of our planet beginning, literally, from the ground up: local farming, local food, local economy. Investors and farm/food entrepreneurs alike will want to hear the latest ideas from these three national leaders in the social economy and sustainable agriculture.

WOODY TASCH is chairman and founder of Slow Money. As Treasurer of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, founding Chairman of the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance, and Chairman and CEO of Investors’ Circle, Woody Tasch has provided leadership at the nexus of venture capital, social investment and philanthropy for decades. In 2011, Utne named Tasch “one of 25 visionaries who are changing your world.”

MARY DEE BERRY has spent her adult life farming for a living in Henry County starting out in dairy farming, growing Burley tobacco, and later diversifying to organic vegetables, pastured poultry and grass-fed beef. Mary, is the daughter of Wendell Berry, currently serves on the Board of Directors of United Citizens Bank, in New Castle, Kentucky. She is on the Board of Directors of the Schumacher Center for a New Economics in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. In 2011 Mary established The Berry Center, in New Castle, Kentucky.

BRYAN WELCH is a rancher, author and entrepreneur. He is CEO of B The Change Media, a multi-platform media company focused on business as a force for good in the world. He and his wife, Carolyn, raise organic, grass-fed landrace cattle, sheep and goats at Rancho Cappuccino near Lawrence, Kansas. For 19 years he ran Ogden Publications, Inc., the owners of Mother Earth News, Mother Earth Living, Utne Reader, GRIT and several other category-leading media brands focused on sustainability, natural health and rural lifestyles.