Local food entrepreneurs and investors in Vermont will have a new way to connect starting September 16, 2014. National Slow Money movement founder Woody Tasch, Cheryl Devos of Kimball Brook Farm Organic Milk, and leaders of the Slow Money Vermont movement will trumpet the launch of the first Slow Money Network in Vermont.

Slow Money Vermont is an emerging network that aims to inform, inspire and connect investors, philanthropists, individuals, and businesses interested in building a sustainable local and regional food system and to catalyze new investment opportunities in the people, businesses and communities that contribute to a sustainable food economy. Slow Money Vermont is being incubated by a task force within the Vermont Farm to Plate Network — Vermont’s statewide collaboration to strengthen the food system.

Vermont is a hotbed of local food enterprises, and Slow Money Vermont is forming to complement the financing options available statewide to food entrepreneurs. Slow Money catalyzes the ability of individual investors to engage directly in their communities. Through events, network development and outreach, Slow Money Vermont seeks to increase the flow of knowledge and capital in support of Vermont food system enterprises.

The September 16 launch event will provide an opportunity for entrepreneurs, investors, and service providers to learn, network and help shape the future of Slow Money Vermont. The free event will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel at College Hall on the Vermont College of Fine Arts campus in Montpelier. The event will feature presentations by Woody Tasch, Cheryl Devos and Slow Money Vermont, and ample time for networking. Light refreshments will be served by a local food business, Sugarsnap Catering, and a cash bar will be available.

RSVPs are requested to inform food planning and parking for the event. Please contact Caitlin Jenness, co-chair of Slow Money Vermont, at ckjenness@gmail.com or 603-620-3713.

More information is available at the Slow Money Vermont Facebook page: www.facebook.com/slowmoneyvermont.