Guest Post - Carol Peppe Hewitt - Financing our Foodshed

by: EJ on 04/04/2013
Posted in: New Books

In today's post, Carol Peppe Hewitt, author of the recently released Financing Our Foodshed: Growing Local Food With Slow Money shares the story of her book from its inception to the moment of its arrival on her door step (well, on Piedmont Biofuels' doorstep - read on).  Carol says she started "spreading the gospel of Slow Money" but what she doesn't tell us is that she is a connector, one of those special people who knows how to make the links needed for a network to function fully.  She is dedicated to sustainable food and to building the local economy.  She collects individuals committed to building local food systems and helps link them up with entrepreneurs who have compelling needs for capital.

When I first heard about Slow Money in May 2010, it seemed like an excellent and straight forward idea, so I dove in and made a low-interest loan to Angelina. She is a wonderful woman who had recently opened Angelina's Kitchen, a Greek restaurant in our little town of Pittsboro, NC, and she was sourcing as much food from our local small farmers as she could get her hands on. Then I started spreading the gospel of Slow Money, and within several months, inspired by my story, a dozen or so other folks started doing the same. They offered to help a local farmer, or a local food business by making short-term, low-interest loans to cover the cost of a commercial oven, or a tiller, or to help pay for an outside eating area at their local bakery. 

As the stories mounted they begged to be told, so I began to write them down and New Society Publishers offered to publish them. I stuck my head in my laptop and wrote, all the while catalyzing more loans and more conversations about the importance of building more soil fertility and more resilience in our local food economies. Several months later Financing Our Foodshed: Growing Local Food With Slow Money was done. I had tucked in a few paragraphs about my own sojourn to becoming a champion of the local food movement, and Woody Tasch, the inventor of Slow Money had added a foreword. 

Then I waited. Weeks passed. I tried to remain calm. On a sunny, early spring day in March I got a call from fellow New Society author and friend, Lyle Estill. "Your books are here," he said. Because I had pre-ordered a lifetime supply, he agreed to let me have them delivered to his biofuels plant, to save on shipping costs.  "They are crowding my warehouse. Waddaya want me to do with them?"  I was thirty minutes away, but I flew back to Pittsboro on a cloud. The rest of that story is here - in a very short but clever video taken by Lyle in that day while he awaited my arrival. 

Everyone should get to have a day like that one. When, at least for a few hours, life is all unbelievably good.My deepest thanks go out to all the amazing people at New Society. And also to the talented cinematographer, Lyle Estill.

Enjoy :)




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