Slow Money Maine is a network of Mainers who are part of pioneering partnerships to bring local healthy food to communities.

Bonnie Rukin, Maine coordinator for Slow Money Maine, will talk about the goals and successes of Slow Money Maine Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. at the Camden Public Library.

“Attention local food producers, eaters and investors!” said Rukin in a news release. “Slow Money Maine needs all of you to join us in making change and building a vibrant local food economy. We’re doing it in many ways that you may not know about and we welcome you to find your own form of involvement.

“We connect food producers to funding and technical assistance. They have helped some of your favorite farmers and producers throughout the state! Jeff Wolovitz, of Heiwa Tofu in Rockport, received support for purchasing soybeans, getting MOFGA certification, and learning what a promissory note is so he could grow from 40 to 200 commercial accounts, including Hannaford’s, in the six years since his first business presentation at a SMM gathering. Maine Organic Lenders, an investment club made up Midcoast Maine residents, has made nine low-interest loans, totaling $135K, to farms from Scarborough to Aroostook County.

“Since 2010, we’ve expanded our network to over 1600 people, and regularly host gatherings that offer networking opportunities and presentations from both for-profit and nonprofit food enterprises. We value ongoing collaborations that have helped us catalyze over $12mm in loans, grants, and equity investments from individuals and foundations. We’re excited to now have economic development groups partnering with us in every county of the state and many technical assistance mentors that serve an array of food ventures, large and small, with a focus on infrastructure businesses. Join our conversation to learn more!”

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