24
Mar

Over 40 Food System Advocates attended an “Undoing Racism” training in May

On May 4th, 5th and 6th, participants dedicated to creating a just and healthy food system attended a training by the People’s Institute for Survival & Beyond, a national multiracial network of anti-racist organizers and educators dedicated to building a movement for justice by ending racism and other forms of institutional oppression.  The training was an intensive...
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18
Dec

Slow Money Pioneer Valley hosts first “Entrepreneur Showcase”

The Slow Money PV Chapter  was pleased to host its first Entrepreneur Showcase on  January 28, 2014.  Six local food system entrepreneurs told their story to interested investors.  Over 80 PVGrows members attended this event, designed to provide investors with concrete opportunities to align their dollars with their values.  Plans are underway to replicate this successful event...
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05
Jul

Funds Available to Farm and Food Businesses

The PVGrows Loan Fund has announced our new partnership with the Fair Food Network. Pioneer Valley farm and food businesses applying for loans from the PVGrows Loan Fund are now eligible for business assistance funds. “This is an exciting development for local farm and food businesses who might be considering financing an expansion, but who don’t have...
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03
Jul

Two New Publications on PVGrows Investing in a Healthy Food System

Creating a Community Investment Fund and The 25% Shift detail benefits and best practices of food localization. Today PVGrows is pleased to announce the publication of two new documents featuring our finance work—  Creating a Community Investment Fund and The 25% Shift, both written by Michael H. Shuman, a fellow at Cutting Edge Capital, in...
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02
Jul

Request for Proposals to Administer the Pioneer Valley Grows Community Food Fund

The PVGrows Finance Working Group (FWG) seeks an administrative partner (or partners) to assist in the design, development, and rollout of a new $2.5M investment fund that is intended to replace the existing $750,000 PVGrows Loan Fund. PVGrows expects the new, larger fund – now called the Community Food Fund (CFF) – to provide flexible,...
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08
Apr

Slow Money PV Chapter Meeting – May 22

The Slow Money Pioneer Valley Chapter is pleased to host its third meeting on May 22nd.  The chapter formed in 2012 to catalyze community-based investment in the local food system by connecting investors, farmers and entrepreneurs in order to strengthen our local and regional food economy. Since our last meeting, we have formed a leadership...
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06
Mar

“How well are you representing a vibrant food movement for the 21st century?”

By Kamilah Weeks, PVGrows Contributor “How did sustainability become an issue that was so easily put in a marginal category of people who are clearly not all like everyone else? The Prius driving, NPR-[listening], pinot noir drinking, fleece wearing, upper middle class white suburban folks? That is how we are perceived as a field. We’ve...
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