Elizabeth is a sought-after workshop speaker, facilitator, and moderator; she regularly contributes to local, regional, and national events around the continent. Her diverse audiences have included farmers, food entrepreneurs, sustainable businesses, nonprofit organization staff, technical assistance providers, investors, lenders, philanthropists, foundations, fund managers, young people with wealth, local business networks, and students. If you are interested in hosting her for a workshop in your community, please be in touch.

Upcoming Workshops


Fundraising Techniques for Small Businesses, from the Traditional to the Cutting Edge
July 24, 2014 in Bellingham, WA

Village Books Sustainable Connections, and other local organizations are hosting Elizabeth for this free brown bag lunch presentation and conversation for entrepreneurs and those that want to support them. Note: this event will be held in the Sustainable Connections office, not the bookstore! More details here.

Homegrown Finance
August 5, 2014 in Medford, OR

An evening event with a presentation on the range of financing options for food businesses by Elizabeth. Taste local artisan foods ​​and connect with local leaders in grassroots financing to learn what options are best for your business.  A panel of experts will be there to answer your questions about business mentoring, private investors, microlending, crowdfunding, social investing, federal grants, and government loans. Hosted by ThriveOSU ExtensionSlow Money Southern OR, and Sustainable Valley. 

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Food Craft Institute’s Chocolate Intensive Course
All 5 Saturdays in August, 2014 in Oakland, CA

This course will highlight the making of small-batch bean-to-bar chocolate and handmade confections. Learn hands-on techniques, tricks of the trade as well as all the nibby details of how to run a chocolate business from the pros who have tasted sweet success — including financing techniques from Elizabeth on August 23rd. As a student of the Chocolate Intensive Course you will have the privilege of spending multiple days with established artisan chocolate makers, learning practitioner skills as well as personal details about their businesses taught in their actual kitchens and facilities. Submit your enrollment application soon!


National Heirloom Expo
September 9-11, 2014 in Santa Rosa, CA

More information coming soon.


Regenerative Enterprise and Commercial Food Forestry
October 20-26, 2014 near Charlottesville, VA

Elizabeth is honored to co-present this 5-day workshop (hosted by the Blue Ridge Permaculture Network) along with the esteemed, inspirational, educational, and endlessly entertaining Eric Toensmeier and Rafter Sass Ferguson. If you are serious about building a viable business from your farm… all while improving your land and helping mitigate climate change, don’t miss this workshop! Learn more and register here.

Recent Events


Money and Food: Making Connections
July 17, 2014 on Whidbey Island, WA

Elizabeth was the invited guest for this intimate evening that was part education session, part mixer covering the various ways to invest in — and raise money from — your local community. Community members discussed financial tools for connecting people who want to invest in their local food economy with the farmers and food entrepreneurs who need capital for their businesses, asking questions, sharing success stories, meeting, and mingling.

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Hacking the Economy: Slow Money
July 9, 2014 at the Impact Hub Oakland, CA

Elizabeth moderated a panel of food entrepreneurs and Slow Money investors at this event, part of the Impact Hub Oakland’s “Hacking the Economy” series.


Whole Foods Market’s Foodmaker Forum
June 25, 2014 – San Francisco, CA

Whole Foods Market aimed to “take local to the next level” with this event, which brought foodmakers and culinary trendsetters together to discuss the local food industry and what it takes to get on Whole Foods Market’s shelves. There were presentations on their Quality Standards, innovative marketing, financing (that’s what Elizabeth spoke to), and partnering with the right resources to grow your business.


Local Food Enterprise Summit
May 31 — June 2, 2014 in Miami, FL

Elizabeth delivered a virtual presentation to the business design teams at this event, also providing direct feedback and answering questions related to the plans they had developed over the preceding days of the workshop.


Marylhurst University, Food Systems & Society: Money in the Movement
March 10, 2014 in Marylhurst, OR

Elizabeth delivered a virtual guest lecture to the students of this course, and answered their questions about the flow of capital from funders and financiers to the non-profits and social enterprises that are part of the sustainable food movement.


PASA’s Farming for the Future Conference
February 5-8, 2014 in State College, PA

Elizabeth co-presented a pre-workshop track on financing farm and food businesses, and also delivered a workshop at the main conference, the signature event of the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, and its main vehicle for community building. Widely regarded as the best of its kind in the East, this event brings together an audience of over 2,000 farmers, processors, consumers, students, environmentalists and business and community leaders annually.

Practical Farmers of Iowa’s Annual Conference: Well Grounded
January 23-25, 2014 in Ames, IA

Elizabeth gave a farm and food-business financing workshop at this conference. The farming journey starts with the soil under our feet, and Iowa is blessed with some of the world’s best. We may be “well grounded,” but the steps we take too often let this solid foundation slip away. Attendees at this event saw how practical people build their farms, families and communities—and plant the deep roots/routes that will allow future generations to thrive.


Arizona Food & Farm Finance Forum
January 13-15, 2014 in Tucson, AZ

Elizabeth gave a keynote address at the Arizona Food and Farm Finance Forum, an event designed to change the way our desert state feeds itself. The Forum was structured to help communities to envision fresh, cost-effective means to jumpstart new food micro enterprises, farms, community kitchens and hunger relief efforts to aid in the recovery of local economies by connecting these groups with possible avenues for credit and funding resources.

Past Events

You can view a list of dozens of Elizabeth’s prior speaking engagements (which she gave as Executive Director of the nonprofit Finance for Foodhere. Elizabeth’s 2011 TEDxManhattan talk, Money’s Many Shades of Green: