Supporting small food and farm businesses

Sep 30, 2016

Broadcast date: 10/6/2016

In 2015 overall crop values totaled $828,800,000 in San Luis Obispo County alone. And while recent reports show that the number of farmers in the county has grown over the years, this does not mean that farming is a prosperous enterprise for all who enter it on the Central Coast, especially small farmers which make up the majority of farms in our area. While interest in local foods and improved nutrition continues to thrive, there is still much room for improvement to sustain our local food system for our community.  Increasing profitability for small farmers is key to the health of this system.

Join host Fred Monroe as he speaks Woody Tasch, Founder and Chairman of Slow Money and author of “Slow Money: Investing As If Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered”, as well as Jeff Wade, founder of the local network of Slow Money here in SLO County, and Hunter Francis, M.S., director and founder of the Center for Sustainability in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) at Cal Poly. They will be discussing how through volunteer work and non-profit structure, small food businesses can be advised, coached and provided with peer to peer loans to stay sustainable and by doing so we can create a healthier food system.  We hope you will listen and be part of the conversation.

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.