December 2011 – The Fund 4 Democratic Communities has taken note of the work we are doing to finance our foodshed and put up $5000.00 in the form of a match to help fund our efforts for 2012. To claim the match we need $100.00 from 50 engaged people. Less is fine too, but they set a limit of no more than $100 per person to encourage building a grassroots following. Which we applaud. It’s easy. Just click here. Thanks!
November 1st, 2011 – Bringing It Home Chatham, LLC closed on a 465k loan refinance for Chatham Marketplace, the coop grocery store in Pittsboro, NC. It was a historic day.
October, 2011 – At the 3rd Slow Money National Gathering in San Francisco Carol Peppe Hewitt served on a Break-Out Session panel “Investing in Small Food Enterprises: How-To for Everyone. The following day she was one of the regional leaders on the Main Stage for Town Hall Meeting: Slow Money in Action. Slow Money leaders from the U.S. and Europe share their experiences organizing investment at the local level.
She shared the stories of our lenders and borrowers, the simple way we are working to build resilience in our foodshed, and she inspired folks to do the same in their communities.
October, 2011 Carol spoke to Transition Towns groups in Hendersonville and Asheville, and at Green Drinks Asheville. As a result folks made substantial pledges and a loan was made for $10K.
September, 2011 – A Wilmington gathering brought in several loan applications and a strong team of interested folks who are planning another meeting in January 2012.
June, 2011 – Outreach to Tarboro resulted in a loan made to a local butcher, then a farm store, and pending application for a restaurant.