What Do We Mean by "Good Local Food"
Foodshed Investors mission is is increase the supply of good local food. But what do we mean by that?
We see "Good Local Food" as Good, Clean, Fair, and Local...
When we started this adventure in 2014 the first thing we did was list our values and principles. They haven't really changed...
What is FI's History?
In the beginning there was Slow Food, founded in 1986 in Italy as a reaction against fast food and the fast lifestyle. Then, in 2008 Woody Tasch, a former chairman of...
What Industries does FI Target?
While we are happy to talk to any food or agriculture company that meets our Qualification Criteria, we are particularly interested in firms that directly impact soil quality, human health, animal welfare, and environmental improvement. Click Read More to see a video and read more about the types of companies we like best.
We're kind of picky. We only want to work with firms that value positive impact on the world as much as profitability. We focus on good local food. Click "Read More" for the full list of qualifications.
Why Focus on Sustainable Food and Ag?
We believe that regenerative agriculture, and the products that result from it, is a substantive collection of activities and results directly and positively impacting needed changes in the world.
Click Read More for a video on why we focus on food.
How Does the EQIP Bridge Loan Work?
The EQIP Bridge Loan was created to support farmer and rancher access to the EQIP program by lessening the burden of the EQIP reimbursement process.
The NRCS EQIP Program is for growers to help build infrastructure to support their conservation efforts including financial resources for cover crops, high tunnels, fencing, water catchment, and renewable energy production.
What is the FI "Extended Family"?
One goal of the work we do here at FI is to strengthen local food ecosystems and we consider our "Extended Family" to be one part of our attempt to do just that.
How Often does FI Meet?
ContactUnlike an incubator or a tech-focused angel group, we don't have regular meetings. Rather, we convene ad-hoc "Investor Roundtables" for Q&A with funding-ready companies. And we do the occasional Happy Hour. Want to host a FI meeting either once, or regularly? Get in touch with us, we'd love the help!
Is FI Competitive to Slow Money?
Certainly not! FI grew out of our experiences running Slow Money Austin, and we have a great debt of gratitude to the Slow Money Movement. We completely support...
Is FI Venture-Backed?
No. We're walking the "bootstrap plus" talk. Since beginning in 2014 FI has been capitalized by it's three founders and owners. It is possible that future expansion...
How is FI Different?
We think about business, and about fundraising, a little differently. First, we start with Mission: We start with the belief that for-profit entrepreneurialism can be a force...
Does FI invest Directly in Companies?
Yes. In addition to facilitating the general public's ability to invest through our Everyone Network, and circulating deals through our Accredited Network, FI does make private placement investments directly into companies for our own account.
What is FI's Business Model?
FI has multiple revenue streams including fees to entrepreneurs for advisory services, fees to investors, consulting for government and non-profit entities with interest in foodshed ecosystem building, ...
Is FI Based on Altruism or Business?
Both. We start from a deep concern about food and food-related issues, add in optimism about the creativity and energy of local for-profit entrepreneurs...
Frequently Asked Questions about FI, Fundraising, Impact Investing