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Workshops/Speakers: Asheville, N.C.

April 12-13, 2014

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Financing Our Foodshed - Building Resilient Communities through Community Financing
Carol Peppe Hewitt - Financing Our Foodshed
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.

Creating Sustainable Neighborhoods
Dan Chiras - The Evergreen Institute
To build a sustainable society, we need efforts to reinvent urban and suburban neighborhoods so they become much more self-sufficient. Come see how you can help transform your neighborhood into a model of sustainability that practices conservation and recycling, utilizes renewable energy, composts its waste, grows its own fruits and vegetables, and feels more like a tightly knit community.

Creating a Permaculture Ecovillage: My 40 Years at The Farm Community
Douglas Stevenson - The Farm Community
Douglas Stevenson has two books out this year: In one, he describes The Farm’s colorful story and its evolution from world’s largest hippie commune to modern ecovillage. In the second work, he digs deeper and examines the building blocks of community and sustainability. In this workshop, he’ll cover both in a fascinating and inspiring presentation.

Small Stories, Big Changes: Agents of change on the frontlines of sustainability
Lyle Estill - Piedmont Biofuels
This is a salon-style discussion with the audience. No speeches, no slides, just straight conversation, and questions and answers with a group of authors. Each author has contributed a chapter to Small Stories, Big Changes: Agents of Change on the Frontlines of Sustainability. Past workshops have included Bryan Welch, and Albert Bates, and are moderated by Lyle Estill.

Marketing Mindset: Selling Yourself and Your Products Successfully
Ryan Walker - The Livestock Conservancy
Marketing is often one of the most overlooked segments of running a small farm. Whether you're just selling from your homestead to family and friends, or looking to get your products into the grocery store, this workshop will help you determine marketing strategies that will allow you to reap the financial benefits your farm can provide.



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