Asheville/Hendersonville

Upcoming Slow Money NC Asheville Gatherings:

March update: Bill Bowles founded the Asheville Wine and Food Festival with an out-of-town partner. He now needs to buy out this partner and keep this successful, fabulous festival going year after year. He is hoping Slow Money can help.

Feb 13th, 2014 We’re gonna hold a Slow Money NC Asheville Gathering at All Souls Pizza, eat some food, and move some money! Pass the word to your Asheville friends. More details coming soon.

Oct 24th, 2013  Slow Money NC Gathering at Malaprops Bookstore Cafe from 5:30-7pm followed by a book reading by Carol Peppe Hewitt, author of Financing Our Foodshed: Growing Local Food With Slow Money.

Aug 29, 2012  3-5pm Rosetta’s Kitchen,  Asheville
Carol Peppe Hewitt, Slow Money NC co-founder, will hold a drop-in gathering for anyone who would like to learn more about how to support local food projects with Slow Money in the area.
Aug 29,2012  6-7pm Green Drinks Asheville, Posana’s
Carol is the guest speaker for the evening, and will share news of several new local farm/food Slow Money NC loans in the greater Asheville area, and exciting pending local food projects in the wings.

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Slow Money NC held a Gathering in Asheville on Wednesday evening, April 4th, at the Green Light Cafe on Lexington St.
About a dozen people from the greater Asheville  area came together to eat, drink and talk Slow Money. Carol Peppe Hewitt was in town, having served on a panel earlier in the day at Growing the Appalachian Food Economy Forum, put on by Appalachian Regional Commission.  She gave a brief overview to of how Slow Money works and talked about the loans that have been made in the Asheville area to date. Everyone had a chance to introduce themselves, and their connection to Slow Money. Three people shared their ideas for projects that need financing. The rest of the evening was spent networking and enjoying being in the company of like-minded sustainability folks.

Local Coordinators:
Mary Lou Kempf in Asheville and Annmarie McConnell in Hendersonville have offered to help coordinate the efforts in those areas.  Let us know if you would like to be added to the list to hear about upcoming events.

You can read about Annmarie’s account of Hendersonville’s activities below.

Asheville area loans to date:
We are proud to have helped the NC Organic Bread Flour Project (they are Loan #14) secure $15,000.00 in Slow Money loans just when they had hoped to be opening their doors, but were held up by a last minute cost overrun.

How we got started…
In October 2011 Carol Peppe Hewitt spoke to a book club in Hendersonville that was reading Locavesting by Amy Cortese, and the following evening to a group in Asheville that was doing the same. She then spoke at the monthly meeting of Asheville Green Drinks.  The message of Slow Money NC got an enthusiastic response!  People signed up, wanting to know more and wanting to be involved.  Several made pledges, offering to make Slow Money loans when they were needed. Shortly afterwards, Jennifer Lapidus from the NC Organic Bread Project asked Slow Money NC for help to get the final capital she needed to get Carolina Ground open. With three Slow Money NC loans of $5000 each, and she is now grinding North Carolina grain into flour!