It is about billions and trillions of dollars in the global economy, and billions and trillions of microbes in healthy, fertile soil. It is also about Slow Opportunities for Investing Locally, SOIL, community groups making 0% loans to organic farms and local food systems in Colorado.
Tasch has penned a spectacularly original and entertaining book that connects the dots, keeps you smiling, and lifts up the best of regenerative agriculture, nurture capital, and community resilience. From this imaginative platform springs the new story, the new mythology required to sustain our beings.
Hands-on-hope, immensely uplifting, full of provocative poetry and enlightening prose. The more we start walking this path, the more we start solving the crises of climate, agriculture and finance—crises that seemed mindbogglingly unsolvable before you read SOIL: Notes Towards the Theory and Practice of Nurture Capital.
“A tour de force of activism and empowerment. A healing and wise elixir for head-hands-heart.”
—Odessa Piper, Founder, L’Etoile restaurant (Madison, WI)
“Woody Tasch is one part visionary, one part entrepreneur, one part poet, and one part whimsy. Read it slowly and savor!”
—Gary Nabhan, McArthur Fellow, Author, Professor, University of Arizona
We need new economic thinking. Meta-economic thinking. Thinking that can get us from the Prudent Man Rule to the Prudent Woman Rule. Tasch has named it: nurture capital. This book is a major new work by someone who is taking his place among some of our most important public intellectuals and activists. A must read—fun, provocative, inspiring—for all who care about food, finance, culture and soil.
I love fertile soil, and, as much, I love fertile minds. Woody Tasch has one. His heart ain’t bad, either. He puts both to marvelous, and very important, effect in this book. It is a vital next step for all of us who care about food, farms, slow money and what lies ahead.
Woody Tasch is the author of Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered (Chelsea Green). Tasch is former chairman of Investors’ Circle, a nonprofit angel network that has facilitated more than $200 million of investments in over 300 early-stage, sustainability-promoting companies. As treasurer of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation in the 1990s, he was a pioneer of mission-related investing. He was founding chairman of the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance. Utne Reader named him “One Of 25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.” Tasch is also author of AHA!: Fake Trillions, Real Billions, Beetcoin and the Great American Do-Over.