~ Handèwa Farms home and headquarters ~

 

Kisha Jeffries
1808 Chapel Hill Rd Apt A7, Durham, NC 27707

 

How did you hear about Slow Money NC?:
I was connected to Slow Money NC by Kristen Cox, of Respite in the Round.

Tell us your story. What is your business idea? Tell us your plan.
I have the amazing opportunity to purchase the home that sits on the same land as Handèwa Farms, an Afro-Indigenous led farming coop operating in Rougemont. This is also the land that my ancestors once lived on. Returning to this land and being able to purchase this home is the continuing of my tribe’s legacy. As a member of the Occaneechi band of the Saponi Nation, we have been gifted the opportunity to return to land we once occupied to live, thrive, teach others to farm, and farm on the land to create usable, biodegradable resources and foods for many families across NC.

Please briefly describe your commitment to sustainable food systems in North Carolina.:
Handèwa Farms is dedicated to the cultivation, farming, production and education of cannabis. We are mostly women-led, passionate growers and business minded individuals. Many of our members have indigenous ancestry, including Occaneechi-Saponi, Cherokee, Blackfoot, and Lakota tribes.

Our cooperative is seeking to connect with similar organizations in North Carolina to expand our approach with existing hemp farming communities in our area. We will begin our journey as hemp growers, with a shared goal of creating livable waged green jobs for the countless individuals currently displaced from well established NC cities. We’ll be growing edibles crops that will be donated and distributed back into our communities to those who may live in/near NC food deserts.

A long term goal of ours is to set up a production facility to begin producing biodegradable products, from toilet tissue and disposable kitchenware to hempcrete, an eco-friendly, bio-composite alternative to concrete that naturally absorbs carbon monoxide, helps to protect the ozone layer, and grows stronger with each year. It is our goal for future generations to connect with the earth and its natural medicine found in Hemp/CBD products. All in all, we are aiming to create an infrastructure that generates generational wealth in many ways.

Have you borrowed money before? How much did you borrow? From where? How long was the term? Is there a balance still due on that loan?:
This is my first time borrowing money for this venture.

Do you have people who would vouch for your credit worthiness? Who are they?:
Yes, Kristen Cox (will be present at the spring Slow Money NC Gathering).

How much money do you need to borrow to make your project work? How long do you think you would need to pay that back?:
[Please contact Carol directly about this.]

Are there other lenders involved in your project or business?:
Not currently

What is your timeline for this project? 
I project that this project will be complete within 6 months timing.