In the fall of 2011, the Fund 4 Democratic Communities took notice of the great work we are doing to finance our foodshed and put up $5000.00 in the form of a match to help fund our efforts to keep building Slow Money NC. To claim the match we needed to raise the same, in donations of no more than $100.00 per donor, before December 31st. Less was fine too, but they set a limit of no more than $100 per person to encourage building a grassroots following. Which we applaud. The response to our request was enormously heartening and validating. We made our match and will be growing Slow Money NC fast and furious in 2012. Thanks so much to all of you who helped us reach our goal!
Bringing It Home Chatham, LLC closed on a 398k loan refinance on November 1st, 2011 for Chatham Marketplace, the coop grocery store in Pittsboro, NC. It was a historic day.
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.
The last week of October 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.
A well-attended Wilmington gathering brought in several loan applications and a strong team of interested folks who are planning another meeting in early 2012.
Outreach to Tarboro resulted in a loan made to a local butcher, then a farm store, and a pending application for a restaurant.
to be continued…..
We will gradually add in the meetings and events we have held since we got started in May, 2010 so you can see our history. Because this is about making history, shaping the world of money and food in a profound way for the betterment of our soils, our communities and our lives.