As we look back….
over the past eight and a half years, we are proud of what we’ve accomplished. Since May of 2010, Slow Money NC has helped more than 220 people make 320+ low-interest loans and equity investments to finance 121 sustainable farms and food enterprises in North Carolina, totaling over $4.5 million in investments!
We are one of the most impactful Slow Money networks in the USA and beyond, and have shifted hundreds of hearts and minds from their paradigm of faraway investing to satisfying and critically important local community lending.
As the impact of our work has grown, so has our organization. Slow Money NC is now its own 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, emerging out from under the brightly colored umbrella of our nonprofit fairy godmother, the marvelous Abundance NC. Our staff has grown to three talented and tenacious women: Carol Hewitt, our Executive Director and Chief Officer of All Things Fun; Kathleen Conroy, our Chief Officer of Food and Farming; and Amy Bogie, our Chief Officer of All Things Financial.
When we started Slow Money NC in 2010 we had little idea of what was ahead. We just knew small-scale sustainable farming mattered and needed our help. “Local food” was not a buzz phrase yet and there was no easy way to invest in your local farmer. We like to think that we have moved the needle. We’ve been raising awareness and moving capital, and teaching others how to do the same. We’ve created a lending vehicle that genuinely helps farmers and people who want to support them ~ and it’s working.
Thank You Abundance for a great 8.5 years!
We hope to do you proud in our next decade as we respond to the moral imperative to reverse climate change by creating a durable, systemic shift to a restorative economy, starting with food. The wellness and joyful benefits of our success abound!
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Please keep shopping at your local coop, farmers markets, and CSAs. Let us know if you’d like to make a Slow Money loan to a deserving local farm/food enterprise, or donate so we can keep up our good work. We’d be happy to help.
Slowly and surely,
Carol, Kathleen and Amy