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Articles by Tilde Herrera

Tilde Herrera is a San Francisco-based journalist covering food and sustainability. Her work has appeared at a number of publications, including GreenBiz, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Oakland Tribune and The Bradenton (Fla.) Herald.

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Buying local, artisanal, and organic is one way to help change the way our food is made — but getting a real alternative production system off the ground will also take cold, hard cash.

We’ve written about the Slow Money Alliance on Grist before — it sprang up as an alternative to “fast money” and what founder Woody Tasch calls our “out-of-control capital markets.” Slow Money steers investment dollars to small food and farm businesses. And it’s no coincidence that it sounds an awful lot like Slow Food, the movement that came to life in the late 1980s in response to the rise of fast food and the breakdown of local food traditions.

But, until recently, Slow Money has been aimed at people who can write a check for $5,000 or $50,000 to finance a food or farm startup. Now the organization has made it easier for people like you and me — people who want to see big changes in the food system but don’t have big dollars — to get involved through a new fund called the Soil Trust.

Now, the regular Joes can chip in as little as $50 online to help organic farmers... Read more

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