Events

POSTPONED

We are disappointed to cancel this event, but caution makes sense these days. We will reschedule at a later date. Stay healthy, and please support your local farmers!

Spring 2020 Slow Money NC Gathering!
March 16th   6-9pm
Chelsea Theater, 1129 Weaver Dairy Rd, Chapel Hill, NC
Tickets here!

6-6:30pm    Slow Start: Mingle, light refreshments in Joe Van Gogh Coffee   Shop next door to the theater.  Cash bar in the Theater lobby.

6:30-8pm   Welcome and showing of Look and See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry.   This stunning cinematic portrait shows the changing landscapes and shifting values of rural America in the era of industrial agriculture, seen through the mind’s eye of renowned writer, farmer, and activist, Wendell Berry. The first documentary about Berry, one of America’s most significant living writers, Look and See was filmed in and around the rolling hills Kentucky – where Berry has lived and farmed since the mid-1960’s. Filmmaker Laura Dunn skillfully weaves Berry’s poetic and prescient words with gorgeous cinematography and the testimonies of his family and neighbors, all of whom are being deeply affected by the industrial and economic changes to their agrarian way of life.

Often called “a prophet for rural America,” Berry has long been a voice for the communities that are so often overlooked by the media. It’s a conversation that is more urgent now than ever, as we find ourselves in a deeply divided nation where so many Americans are disconnected from the farmers who feed them.

8-9pm  Slow Money NC Spring ‘Funds to Farm’ Fast Presentations.
Slow Money NC helps local, sustainable farmers & local food entrepreneurs connect with people in their community who want to support them. Several local farmers/food biz owners will present projects worth financing! Presenters include:   •  Samantha Gasson, owner, Bull City Farm   •   Jeff Sykes, owner, Sykes Farm   •   Chantel Johnson, farmer, Off Grid in Color, LLC

 


Grocery Story  ~ Author Events

Monday, June 3, 2019  Author of GROCERY STORY, Jon Steinman, stops by Chatham Marketplace in Pittsboro, NC on a book tour of 140 food coops across the US & Canada!
11am-1pm   Meet the Author 
4-6pm   Book Reading & Signing
6:30 – 8pm, Slow Money NC  hosts “Who Owns Your Grocery Store?” a talk and conversation with Jon Steinman and Evan Diamond, General Manager of Chatham Marketplace. Tickets for the evening event include local refreshments and cash bar, $10 at https://grocerystore.eventbrite.com.


Did you know that in the US, only 5 companies receive 67% of all grocery sales? Or that multinational food manufacturers stock supermarket shelves themselves to have control of what products you will see where, and that a significant chunk of supermarket profits come from high fees that food manufacturers must pay for using their “real estate”?  How does that impact local food producers? Who owns the grocery stores we shop at?

If you are concerned at the thought of a handful of chain retailers and multinationals deciding what food is available to you, we encourage you to join Slow Money NC on Monday, June 3, to welcome journalist Jon Steinman to Chatham Mills in Pittsboro.  These are just some of the big questions probed in Grocery Story: The Promise of Food Co-ops in the Age of Grocery Giants —  Steinman’s highly anticipated new book.

Endorsements
“A great read! Full of energy and eyes-wide-open hope. In an era of extreme economic concentration, Jon Steinman awakens us to elements of an arising democratic economy, hidden in plain sight. Grocery Store is, above all, an empowering tale we need now more than ever.” ~ Frances Moore Lappe, author of Diet for a Small Planet and most recently, coauthor of Daring Democracy


2019 Slow Money NC ‘Funds to Farms’ Gatherings

February 23, 2019 6-8pm at Wedge Brewery, Asheville, NC
Tuesday, March 12, 6-8pm  at the new Community Matters Cafe, Charlotte, NC

Wednesday, March 13, 6-8pm, Cocoa Cinnamon, Durham, NC

We had great presenters and solid turn-out  at all these gatherings!
If you would like to present your idea at the next event, please email us! Thanks!

Climate Carnival May 13th!

Climate change is serious, but it doesn’t have to be grim.
At least not in the ways we come together to cope with it.
We know it’s real and it’s terrifying.

But, no one is better at turning serious, scary, and seemingly grim topics into open, easy, powerful, fruitful discussions than Abundance NC.

Again and again they take on difficult topics of our time – like climate change, death, grief, the opoid epidemic, assaults on renewable energy, re-localizing food production – and transmit them into gatherings to create solutions through stronger, more meaningful community. One that honors our planet, offers deep appreciation for our loved ones both here and gone, and most importantly creates spaces, where we can be in each other’s company for much sought after mutual renewal.

Because we need that. I need that.

Join us today, May 13th, at the CLIMATE CARNIVAL, for yet another of Abundance NC’s brilliant and delightful community events addressing the most pressing topic of our time.

The event is at the Plant, so you can count on festive lights and tents, good food, a local beer and spirits cash bar, and a playground.

For our minds and hearts there will be well-informed, deeply thoughtful, and profoundly inspiring speakers. Audience questions and side conversations will take that to an even higher level.

We can do what we so enjoy. Spend time hanging out, maybe to engage in climate change topics – or to talk on other topics, to think together, and to play.

Creating the world we want to live in doesn’t have to be that hard. We can start right now, together with our friends – right here in our community.

I’ll be watching for you:)

With abundant gratitude,
Carol