Santa Fe Farmer’s Market
“SLOW MONEY” movement
Back in August of 2009 I was visiting Santa Fe, New Mexico with a friend and we stopped by the new Farmer’s Market at the old Railyard. They have a special train that comes up from Albequerque every Saturday.
The Santa Fe farmer’s market is one of the top 10 farmer’s markets in the US. It was quite impressive to visit. Plenty of variety of foods, fruits, veggies, herbs, crafts, bakery goods.
There’s also an adjoining Artist’s Market next to the park – hey, this is Santa Fe – home of more artists per capita than any place I’ve been – and I should add, not just run of the mill art or south western art but stuff that comes from California to New York, Europe, Asia and beyond.
Inside one of the buildings I noticed these posters on the wall talking about this Slow Money concept. You can click on the gallery pictures to read the gist of it. I also wrote out the main parts below.
Slow Money . . . From the Ground Up
Santa Fe Farmers Market in the Railyard – sept 9-11, 2009
Since late 2008, thousands of Americans in dozens of cities and towns have participated in the launch of the slow money movement. Is it the beginning of the nurture capital industry? A new vision of seed capital?
Join thought leaders, entrepreneurs, investors,donors, farmers and activists for Slow Money’s inaugural national gathering, bringing together people from across the country, and also featuring a focus on New Mexico’s regional food system.
Let’s fix America’s economy ‘from the ground up’ . . . starting with local food.
Slow Money Principles
- We must bring money back down to earth.
- There is such a thing as money that is too fast, companies that are too big, finance that is too complex. Therefore, we must slow our money down – not all of it, of course, but enough to matter.
- The 20th Century economy was an economy of Buy Low / Sell High and Wealth Now / Philanthropy Later — what one venture capitalist called “the largest legal accumulation of wealth in history.” The 21st Century economy will usher in the era of nurture capital, built around principles of carrying capacity, care of the commons, sense of place and non-violence.
- We must learn to invest as if food, farms, and fertility mattered. We must steer major new sources of capital to small food enterprises.
- Let us celebrate the new generation of entrepreneurs, consumers and investors who are showing the way from Making A Killing to Making a Living.
- Paul Newman said, “I just happen to think that in life we need to be a little like the farmer who puts back into the soil what he takes out.” Recognizing the wisdom of these words, let us begin rebuilding our economy from the ground up, asking:
- What would the world be like if we invested 50% of our assets within 50 miles of where we live?
- What if there were a new generation of companies tha gave away 50% of their profits?
- What if there were 50% more organic matter in our soil 50 years from now?