Creating change in the world doesn’t have to be overwhelming or difficult – you can simply start here.
Welcome to Slow Money NC!
Since 2010, over $3 million has been invested in nearly 100 local and organic food enterprises in North Carolina by our Slow Money family!
We know it’s important to reduce dysfunction in our national political and financial systems, but it’s just as important, maybe more – to invest in the future we all want to see in our communities.
A healthy local food system is the ideal place to start. Through gatherings, coaching, learning, lending, sharing, and our passion for healthy soil, Slow Money NC is having an impact.
Woody Tasch, author of Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money, spoke in Pittsboro, NC on May 20, 2010, and several of us in the audience responded to his challenge to move a portion of our investments into local farms and food enterprises. We founded Slow Money NC, created this website, made a few loans and have been catalyzing community financing for local, sustainable farmers and food entrepreneurs in North Carolina ever since.
To date over 170 generous people have made nearly 200 low-interest loans to finance 98 local food projects, totaling about 3M dollars and climbing.
But it’s not really about the money – it’s about the people.
You can read about many of the marvelous sustainable farmers and local food entrepreneurs who have received Slow Money NC loans right here on the website, learn how to get a Slow Money NC loan, and how to become a potential Slow Money lender.
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To learn how Slow Money NC got started, and heart-warming stories of the first two dozen borrowers and several of their lenders, check out Financing Our Foodshed: Growing Local Food With Slow Money, by Slow Money NC co-founder Carol Peppe Hewitt. It’s a blueprint for how to use community financing to build resilience in your local foodshed.
Please help us keep catalyzing affordable loans. We are a small non-profit, and your donations are how we keep this project alive. Monthly sustaining donations are critical.
For each dollar you donate, we turn that into fifty dollars to small food enterprises!
Deep thanks for your interest in sustainable agriculture, community finance, and local food.
Carol Peppe Hewitt
Slow Money NC Network Leader and the Slow Money NC team