Boulder County Farmers Markets, SOIL Boulder and Slow Food Boulder County rethink book club

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November 01, 2019

Boulder, CO (Oct. 28, 2019) - Boulder County Farmers Markets, Slow Opportunities For Investing Locally (SOIL Boulder) and Slow Food Boulder County are teaming up to bring you a book club that encapsulates a year-in-the-life on a farm. Starting November 1st  the three organizations will read week by week a chapter (average 9 to 10 pages) of The Seasons on Henry’s Farm by Terra Brockman. From seed planning to changing climates and farm labor pitfalls, book club participants will  get an inside look at the trials, tribulations and triumphs of farming through the seasons. The club will discuss weekly over Facebook, and gather 4 times for a potluck during the season in the months of the winter/summer solstice and spring/fall equinox.


Interested participants can join through this link - https://www.facebook.com/groups/slowbookclub/. The Facebook group discussion will be monitored by a rotating representative of each organization tying in the parallels of Colorado farming along the way.  Books are available to purchase at Boulder Bookstore. In addition to the winter, spring, summer, fall meetups a to-be-announced documentary screening of a farm-life biopic is scheduled for Saturday, February 29th 2020 (Leap Day) at the Boulder Patagonia store.

About Boulder County Farmers Markets

Boulder County Farmers Markets is a nonprofit organization operating producer-only farmers markets in Colorado since 1987. Named one of America’s “Top 10 Farmers Markets” by USA TODAY (2015 & 2019), BCFM’s mission is to support, promote and expand local agriculture, to make fresh products accessible to the community and to strengthen relationships between local food producers and food consumers. It is the oldest continually running ‘growers-only’ farmers’ market organization in Colorado. BCFM has four market locations in Boulder, Longmont, Denver, and Lafayette.


About Slow Opportunities for Investing Locally

Slow Opportunities for Investing Locally—SOIL, founded in 2017, is a Boulder-based initiative that provides 0% loans to organic farms and the food enterprises that bring their produce to the local market.  SOIL raises money from its members, who make tax-deductible permanent contributions and then vote on loans--one member, one vote, no matter the size of a member's donation. Donations have ranged to date from $25 to $50,000.   Nine loans totaling $144,000 have been made as of October, 2019, funding everything from walk-in coolers to carrot diggers and renovation of farmworker housing. SOIL is a project of Boulder-based Slow Money Institute, which since 2010 has catalyzed the flow of  $75 million to some 750 small farms and food enterprises in dozens of communities across the country. In the words of Slow Money founder Woody Tasch: "This is investing that leaves the returns in, for the benefit of future generations."


About Slow Food Boulder County

Slow Food Boulder County is a chapter of Slow Food USA, we believe in Good, Clean, Fair food for ALL. Founded in Italy, in 1986, Slow Food works with local communities, educators, farmers and producers. In Boulder County, we are not a gourmet food club. We are a non-profit organization for people with a passion for safeguarding local farms, food traditions and artisan foods to gather, build culture and community. we support the Colorado Grain Chain, school gardens in St Vrain School District and we teach classes focused on food traditions. We invite anyone who wants to get involved, be educated and rediscover the pleasure in everyday life by slowing down and learning to appreciate the conventional traditions of the table. 

Kim Werst, Director

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