Tasch is the chairman of the Slow Money Alliance and inspired the Slow Money
movement by writing Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food,
Farms, and Fertility Mattered.
The Slow Money Alliance is bringing people together around a conversation about
money that is too fast, about finance that is disconnected from people and place,
and about how people can begin fixing the economy from the ground up, starting
So far, $4.5 million has been invested in 16 small food enterprises through Slow Money’s national gatherings. In the
last year, $5 million more has been invested through Slow Money chapters, with membership growing and local
investor groups continuing to emerge.
For 10 years, Tasch was chairman of Investors’ Circle, which has invested $133 million in 200 early stage sustainability
businesses since 1992. Tasch also served as treasurer of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation where, as part of an
innovative mission-related venture capital program, a substantial investment was made in Stonyfield Farm, now the
world’s largest maker of organic yogurt.
Kimbrell is one of the country’s leading environmental attorneys
and the founder and executive director of the Center for Food
Safety (CFS) and the International Center for Technology
Assessment (CTA). The Center for Food Safety pursues public
education, policy advocacy, and legal actions to curtail industrial
agricultural production methods that harm human health and
the environment, including genetic engineering.
Kimbrell is author of 101 Ways to Help Save the Earth, The Human Body Shop: The Engineering and Marketing of Life,
Your Right to Know: Genetic Engineering and the Secret Changes in Your Food and general editor of Fatal Harvest: The
Tragedy of Industrial Agriculture. His articles have appeared in numerous law reviews, technology journals, magazines,
and newspapers across the country, and he has been featured in documentary films, including “The Future of Food.”
In 1994, Utne Reader named Kimbrell one of the world’s leading 100 visionaries. In 2007, he was named one of the 50
people most likely to save the planet by The Guardian (UK).
Jeff Moyer - As the director of farm operations at the Rodale Institute, Moyer is an expert in organic crop production systems including weed management, cover crops, crop rotations, equipment modification and use, and facilities design. Moyer has helped countless farmers make the transition from conventional, chemical-based farming to organic or sustainable methods. Moyer’s workshops will cover no-till organic farming, utilizing cover crops to enhance soil fertility, and effectively managing compost applications as a means of waste management.
Gary Zimmer - As a farmer, author, educator, and president of Midwestern Bio-Ag, Zimmer is recognized around the world for his commitment to improving farming through building healthy soils, and has spoken to farmers and agribusiness professionals all across the U.S. and in Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. In his workshop, Zimmer will cover nutritional considerations for pasture-based systems which includes details on how to use Brix on dairy operations.
Dan Ravicher - As a patent law professor and executive director of the Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT), Ravicher represents OEFFA and other plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Monsanto which seeks preemptive court protection for farmers who may be accused of patent infringement if they become contaminated by Monsanto's genetically engineered seed. Ravicher will provide an update on the lawsuit during his workshop.