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