Slow Money NC Team

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, our Farm Whisperer co-founded Slow Money NC in 2010, and has been running the show since then. (more about that below…) Carol is also our Chief Officer of Fun, because at this stage in her life if it’s not fun she’s not doing it, or at least not for long. Her book, Financing Our Foodshed: Growing Local Food with Slow Money is a blueprint for creating a local Slow Money network.


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 farm, Hill View Farm, in Siler City, NC. Kathleen is Chief Of All Things Food & Farming.

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 Jordan Puryear, musician, 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.

Over the past almost 10 years, Carol has directed the day to day operations. Since 2018 she’s been joined a few hours a week by the brilliant Kathleen Conroy. We also love our fabulous bookkeeper, Julie Amani (Photo coming soon!)

We welcome volunteers and folks who can help spread the word about the Slow Money NC movement!