Growing local food takes more than passion and hard work. It usually also takes money. And conventional lenders either can’t or just won’t help.
In this workshop, Carol Peppe Hewitt, co-founder of Slow Money NC (North Carolina) shares how she has catalyzed more than 120 local, peer-to-peer loans in towns across North Carolina. These affordable loans, now totaling more than 1.2 million dollars, helped start up, operate and/or expand nearly 60 small farmers and local food entrepreneurs. The lenders are ordinary people in our communities who understand the importance of a resilient local food economy.
Come be inspired, and learn how you can bring community financing home to your town, and how to get money flowing from generous lenders like you to the people and projects that deserve support (like you) in your community.
Carol Peppe Hewitt is a business owner, social entrepreneur, and a trailblazer in the world of community finance. As co-founder and principal "Matchmaker" of Slow Money NC, she has connected more than 75 generous local lenders to help finance more than 50 local farm and food businesses throughout North Carolina, with more than 100 affordable loans totaling more than 1.1 million dollars.
She recently orchestrated a local community loan to purchase the 73-acre farm that is home to the Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance. This local financing project will protect the land from encroaching development, and preserve it into perpetuity as a local community arts center.
Hewitt wrote Financing Our Foodshed: Growing Local Food With Slow Money, and has traveled the country spreading the word that local, sustainable farms matter, and offering a vision and a way that we can support them and make them more viable.
Visit www.financingourfoodshed.com for more information.