We’re talking food. We’re talking farms.

We’re looking behind the scenes, at the people supporting our nation’s true “farmpreneurs”. We’re talking hard work and heart.

This isn’t a new wave, it’s a new comprehension comcap16_ErinEly_quoteand focus on how and who are growing and creating our food.

With that, we’ll take another look at one of ComCap16’s most anticipated panel discussions, “Patient Capital for Food, Brew, and Farms,” with an interview with Eugene’s Erin Ely of Slow Money’s South Willamette Valley branch. Through her passionate outreach, Erin has helped catalyze $98K in local peer to peer loans for food and farm projects in Oregon. 

This session will be held Thursday, April 28th, during our full-day focus on Statewide Implementation and explores funding the nation’s local artisan food, brewers, and family farmers, organically; and how new state-based crowdfunding laws can provide better capital. 


What is YOUR definition of this “local” “artisan” food/brews/farm movement?


Erin has a huge advocate for Eugene’s Agrarian Ales, the second fully funded Oregon CPO Image source: eugenecascadescoast.org

Erin Ely: To me this means local farms growing crops that can be used in local restaurants and locally based food businesses and brew houses. I feel there is a focus on the part of the restaurant and/or business to buy their raw materials from farms in their area and there is an emphasis on using locally grown crops/produce in their business. It’s a win win situation to increase local food supply due to the focus on using locally raised produce, beans, and grains in the production of their food, brew, food items.

How did YOU get involved?

Erin Ely: I got involved through Slow Money. I had been following the Slow Money movement from afar through the internet and then Woody came to Eugene and gave a talk… that was the impetus to get something started here in our area.

Slow Money SWVWhy does it matter?

Erin Ely: It’s all about keeping the people in business that you want to have in your community. I have a vested interest in keeping these businesses and farms here for the long term.

How can the new intrastate securities crowdfunding laws contribute to this movement?

Erin Ely: I think this give more exposure and validity to what we are doing… it’s just one more place for people to learn about local investing and how it benefits their local community.

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