By Carol Peppe Hewitt
In cities and towns throughout North the USA, a quiet revolution is underway. bored stiff with sending their cash off to make a quick dollar in remote markets, everyone is placing their funds to paintings the place they dwell, in markets they belief and understand—starting with food.
Financing Our Foodshed is a set of genuine lifestyles tales of those sluggish cash pioneers and the neighborhood nutrition marketers, sustainable farmers, bakers, and restaurateurs that they've selected to support.
Fueled by way of their wish to do greater than simply eat neighborhood nutrition, creditors of "nurture capital" are making low-interest, peer-to-peer loans to the folks who produce, procedure, distribute, and promote nutrients. Meet passionate marketers including:
- Abi, a skilled artist-turned-baker, who borrowed the money for a advertisement oven to begin a gluten-free bakery
- Angelina, proprietor of a Greek neighborhood meals eating place, who refinanced exorbitant bank card debt incurred through renovations
- Chatham industry, a much-loved grocery co-op whose per thirty days personal loan funds have been diminished by means of a 3rd, due to an formidable collaboration among 16 investors
Financing Our Foodshed tells the compelling tales of normal humans doing whatever remarkable, and may attract a person who knows the severe significance of sustainably grown neighborhood meals and resilient neighborhood economies, and desires a blueprint to get us there.
Carol Peppe Hewitt is a company proprietor, social entrepreneur, and lifetime activist. She is co-founder of sluggish cash NC, operating to assist finance North Carolina's sustainable nutrients and farming economic system by way of guiding sufferer capital to small-scale farmers and companies in North Carolina.
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