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SOIL (Slow Opportunities for Investing Locally) Sangre de Cristo is hosting a meet and greet happy hour  from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on May 12 at at Vino Salida to invite folks to learn what this local nonprofit is all about.

SOIL Sangre de Cristo celebrates local farmers and ranchers, May 12, 2022. Image courtesy Brian Aitken, SOIL Sangre de Cristo

PJ Bergin, of Salida, founded SOIL in March 2020 out of concerns for the slow decrease in farm land and access to local food.  “Organic, locally grown food supports our health, reduces the climate damaging effects of long-distance shipping and makes our community resilient and sustainable,” says Bergin.

Aimed towards keeping agricultural soil pure, the nonprofit supports regional farmers, growers and food enterprises utilizing sustainable methods through low cost loans.  Members of SOIL contribute as little as $250 each to zero percent interest, revolving loan funds. When loans are repaid the funds are recycled into new loans.

By supporting local food producers, SOIL encourages the slow foods philosophy of eating seasonally and sustainably.  These efforts create a positive domino effect. According to Bergin, carbon pollution from both shipping and poor agricultural practices are greatly reduced, not to mention the conservation of our precious water through sustainable practices.

The Vino Salida happy hour will feature free gourmet bites and a cash bar.  For more information go to SOIL’s website.

Featured image: Colorado produce, Photo courtesy High Country Greens