Here they are. The talented, savvy, sassy, sage women who help move capital to sustainable farmers and local food enterprises by connecting them to people who care about local food in their communities throughout North Carolina.
Carol Peppe Hewitt co-founded Slow Money NC in 2010, and has been running the show since then. (more about that below…) She is deeply grateful to have Kathleen and Amy now on staff (since fall, 2017) with her! Carol is Chief of All Things Fun, because at this stage in her life if it’s not fun she’s not doing it, or at least not for long.
Kathleen Conroy is a farmer and an activist in the local food space. She is one of the founders of Chatham Marketplace, a cooperative grocery store established in 2006 in Pittsboro, NC. She serves on the board of the Chatham Mills’ Farmers Market where she sells grass-fed beef that she raises with her husband and sons on their Siler City Farm. Kathleen is Chief Of All Things Food & Farming.
Amy Bogle Campbell helped in the early days of Slow Money NC (2012-14,) then moved to FL, got her MBA from Bard College in Sustainability and thankfully returned to Durham and to Slow Money NC as Chief Of All Things Financial. She spear-headed the application for our own non-profit status (we’ve been under the fiscal sponsorship of Abundance NC.) Amy consults with numerous other organizations to strengthen the impact of community financing nationally and abroad. Amy is so darn smart.
Slow Money NC was founded on May 20, 2010, by Carol Peppe Hewitt, small business owner, author, and local food activist, along with Lyle Estill, author and serial entrepreneur, and their good friend, Jordan Puryear, visionary, founder and “CEO” of the Shakori Hill GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance, an organization committed to promoting sustainability (and great music and good fun) in every way. This trio was the driving force that got the Slow Money NC project off the ground.
Since then many others have offered support, guidance and expertise in legal and financial matters, help with marketing efforts to attract investors and loan recipients, reviewed borrower profiles, and handled dozens of other odds and ends. Carol directs the day to day operations, with a few hours a week of help from Kathleen Conroy and Amy Campbell Bogle.
We welcome volunteers and folks who can help spread the word about the Slow Money NC movement!