NORWAY, Maine — Slow Money Maine (SMM) continues to tour the state of Maine with the next regional “On The Road” event, Tuesday, April 23, in Norway, Maine from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The “On The Road” event is free of charge and open to all that are interested.
This gathering, the first in the 2019 “On The Road” series, will include engaging food system presenters, lively discussions, a locally sourced and prepared breakfast and lunch, and extended networking opportunities.
Located at the Norway UU Church, the “On The Road” event will feature presentations from:
Also included, brief network updates from:
Richard Hodges, Retree US
After the event, participants will also have an opportunity to tour the Alan Day Community Garden.
While the event and both breakfast and lunch are free of charge, Slow Money Maine encourages those to register for the event at https://bit.ly/2WkdsQU
Slow Money Maine has three primary intentions related to the the new event format:
- Learn how to improve SMM’s support in helping network participants meet their needs;
- Strengthen community relationships among those involved in the SMM network; and
- Bring in new people, businesses, and organizations, to enhance SMM’s creative collaborations.
“We will continue our regular gatherings in Gardiner,” said Slow Money Maine’s Coordinator, Bonnie Rukin. “But, we also wanted to take our SMM show ‘on the road,’ to reach those regions farther afield, that we have been serving for years.”
Learn about business growth through presentations and how Slow Money Maine, as a network, participates in the emergence and shaping of a new food economy. There is a place for everyone in this thriving network and this event will offer exciting opportunities for connections, engagement, and education.
Slow Money Maine is a statewide network coordinated by Bonnie Rukin, and guided by a 10-person Steering Committee. It encourages anyone interested in building local sustainable food systems to participate. In its 9 years of existence, the network now has over 1700 participants and has helped to catalyze the flow of more than $15 million dollars to Maine’s food economy, focused on infrastructure businesses and food producers at varied stages of development.
These funds have been in the form of loans, equity and grants. SMM has developed numerous personal and professional connections through regular gatherings, and cross-sector collaborations have been creative and effective.
In addition, the SMM network includes two investment clubs, No Small Potatoes and Maine Organic Lenders, where members pool funds to make microloans to local farmers, fishers, and producers. These investments, now totaling $350,000, have helped meet needs for inventory, equipment and working capital, and have served over 40 farms directly and indirectly.
To learn more about Slow Money Maine, check our web site, www.slowmoneymaine.org
–Slow Money Maine
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