Monadnock Community Market Co-op Proud Community Partner for Hannah Grimes Annual CONNECT Event

The Monadnock Community Market Co-op accepted an invitation from the Hannah Grimes Center to become a community partner for their annual CONNECT Event on October 27, 2010, 4-7:30pm at Alyson’s Orchard in Walpole, NH.

Ari Derfel, the Keynote Speaker and Executive Director of Slow Money, and the Hannah Grimes Entrepreneur of the Year, Patti Powers of Cheshire Garden in Winchester, NH, both inspire the Co-op’s effort to open a community-owned downtown-based food store in 2012 that welcomes neighbors, connects community, and contributes economically to build a healthy & sustainable food system and community.

This event is also sponsored by the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund, a nonprofit that turns investments into loans and education to create opportunity and transform lives across New Hampshire.

Registration is $30 per person and includes appetizers featuring locally produced food and non-alcoholic beverages.  A cash bar will also be available. More information and registration is at or call 603-352-5063.

This Year’s Event Theme: Local Financing of Local Enterprises
Entrepreneurs give rise to the solutions that can help rebuild our local economy – but they may not have access to the capital needed to implement their innovations.  How can our community step in to provide the financial support that is needed?  Initiatives like Slow Money are exploring ways to connect investors, both large and small, with local enterprises – and strengthening communities and local economies in the process.

About Keynote Speaker Ari Derfel
Ari Derfel is an entrepreneur, restaurateur, organic chef, activist, mountain guide & public speaker. Ari co-owns Gather, an all-organic, sustainably designed restaurant in Berkeley, California. Ari also founded Back to Earth Organic Catering in 2001, the first organic catering company in the US.

About Slow Money
Founded by Woody Tasch, a pioneer in merging investing and philanthropy, Slow Money’s mission is to build local and national networks, and develop new financial products and services, dedicated to:
·    investing in small food enterprises and local food systems;
·    connecting investors to their local economies; and,
·    building the nurture capital industry.