About Carol

CAROL PEPPE HEWITT is an author, business owner, rabble-rouser, and pioneer in the Slow Money movement.

Since co-founding Slow Money NC in 2010, she has catalyzed over 85 low-interest loans totaling just over one million dollars to 41 small farmers and local food businesses in North Carolina – building resilience in the local economy from the coast to the mountains. And those numbers are climbing every week.

Carol’s book, Financing Our Foodshed: Growing Local Food With Slow Money, published by New Society Publishers in April 2013, tells the compelling, real life stories of twenty-two of those Slow Money entrepreneurs – folks who grow, process, distribute, and sell us local food – and the motivations behind the people in their communities who become their lenders.

Carol Hewitt

A successful business owner herself, Carol understands the challenge of raising capital to start-up, run or expand a small business.  Growing up in rural NW Connecticut, she watched as one by one the working farms disappeared. Now she works to change that trend, guiding patient capital to small-scale farmers and the businesses that support them in North Carolina, where she and her husband, Mark, have lived for the past 30 years.

Carol also helps run the Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance in Silk Hope, NC that brings over 8000 people together twice a year for four days to enjoy a wide diversity of music, dance, food and fun.  The festival has a deep commitment to sustainability, and Carol runs the popular “Coffee Barn.”  At the last festival, she and fellow author and co-founder of Slow Money NC , Lyle Estill, created an “Authors’ Corner” at the Sustainability Gazebo, for book readings and book sales.

Check out Carol’s calendar for appearances at festivals, fairs, conferences, and bookstores – and come hear about these inspiring Slow Money stories!

You can also order a copy of  Financing Our Foodshed  here.

Enjoy a minute of fun by Lyle Estill – videographer extraordinairea – about the day in March, 2013 when Carol’s books arrived in his warehouse.


"Each of the small food businesses that Slow Money investors in North Carolina are supporting is a perfectly imperfect meeting place of what E.F. Schumacher called “meta-economic,” what Wendell Berry calls “economics for a renewed commonwealth” and “imagination in place,” and what Carol Peppe Hewitt calls “a helluva way to run a produce section.” Can we find the gumption to carve out a few dollars and some time to support this new economic imagination, this grassroots economic activism? Will it make a difference? Carol’s experience in North Carolina suggests, laughs, imagines, dares, demonstrates and encourages us that we can and it will." WOODY TASCH, founder, Slow Money
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Events on August 5, 2014
  • Sustainable Agriculture Educators Assoc. Conference
    12:00 am- 12:00 am
    Location: North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, United States
    Description: Open Space - Carol facilitated a lively discussion of issues around financing farmers with attendees from around the USA.
Events on August 16, 2014
  • 'Thinking Differently' 2014 Community Biodiesel Conference
    12:00 am- 12:00 am
    Location: Central Carolina Community College, Pittsboro, NC, United States
    Description: 8:00am - Breakfast/Networking at CCCC.
    9:00am - 9:45am - Track One:Farm to Fuel. Glen and his family have been farming land in Virginia's Shenandoah family for more than five generations. He has been making his own fuel, meal, and soap from oilseed he's grown for the past six years or so. Glen will share his common-sense, hands-on approach to farm scale fuel production.

    9:00am - 9:45am - Track Two:Cotton of the Carolinas. Eric Henry is not just the founder of Burlington Biodiesel. He doesn't just run his family's fleet on B100. He is also the founder of T.S. Designs, a textile company that made its stand in the face of a vanishing industry. By converting to sustainable practices, creating a transparent supply chain, and fostering the first organic cotton crop in North Carolina since reconstruction, he has figured out how to survive in a very tough business environment.

    10:00am-10:45-Track One: Omaha Biofuels Cooperative. Scott Williams, Ph.D is a founding member of Omaha Biofuels Cooperative and works professionally as a scientific researcher. Originally from Omaha, he attended Iowa State University, and has held appointments in Las Alamos, NM, and Berlin, Germany. His research has focused on advanced biofuels, including algae. He is passionate about science education, open access, and sharing information to appeal to the scientist in all of us.

    10:00am - 10:45am - Track Two: Financing Ourselves. Carol Peppe Hewitt was inspired by Slow Money to instigate peer to peer loans in our foodshed. She then branched out into non-food related businesses, and has placed over two million dollars worth of "self financed enterprises" in the Piedmont of North Carolina. Carol is a long standing member of Piedmont's Board of Directors, runs her family fleet on B100, and travels widely spreading her message of how to improve resilience in communities.

    11:00am-11:45am- Track One:Holding the Contract. Brian Potter is a third generation oilman who has long held the State Contract for petroleum fuel distribution in North Carolina. He's imported biodiesel from virtually everyone in the business, large and small, and has been North Carolina's premiere biodiesel distributor for many years. He will discuss the attributes he needs in a supplier, what he looks for in a C of A, and what a successful biodiesel business looks like.

    11:00am-11:45am-Track Two: Sustainable Oil Crops for the Southeast. David is the founder of Piedmont's founded Design Build group in 2006 that designed and built 26 facilities worldwide. David now serves as Clemson University's Coordinator of Sustainable Biofuels program while completing his masters degree in bio engineering. David will cover black soldier fly oil oil, algae from glycerol, sunflower, canola, and oilseed radish.

    12:00pm-1:15pm-Lunch@CCCC. This meal will be catered by Chef Hamm, restaurant owner and creator of the Natural Chef Program at Central Carolina Community College. The food will be what's in season, will come from within 100 miles and as we say in the south, it will be "to die for."

    1:30pm - 2:15pm - Track One:Rudy Pruszko. Rudy is an Iowa based biodiesel consultant who teaches at Iowa State. He has a manufacturing background with vast experience with plant design, engineering and troubleshooting. He's worked with most technologies, and feedstocks with all sizes of plants. He is co-author of Building a Successful Biodiesel Business.

    1:30 - 2:15pm - Track Two: High Tech, Low Cost Point of Sale and Pump solutions. Brian Roberts, Cowichan Bio-Diesel Co-op will discuss the development of a more cost effective, standardised, open-source biofuel distribution model that can interface cheap surplus fuel pumps to inexpensive, cloud-based Point of Sale (PoS) systems is what’s needed to blow the lid off the growth potential for sustainable biofuels! Come to learn and to contribute to the collective development.

    2:30-5:00pm Combined Track: Facilitated Panel Discussion. Brian Roberts - Cowichan Biodiesel Cooperative, Ilya Goldberg - Baltimore Biodiesel, Jason Burroughs - DieselGreen Fuels, Woodrow Eaton - Blue Ridge Biofuels. Meet four pioneers with four fascinating grassroots projects. The first part of the session will be dedicated to Point of Sale (PoS) hardware/software development, this will be followed by a discussion of community based initiatives and then, in the spirit of the Sustainable Biodiesel Summit, we are going to allocate part of this time to a conference wide discussion and decompression period for the conference that has passed.
Events on August 24, 2014
  • 'Financing Our Foodshed' Gathering
    6:00 pm- 8:30 pm
    Location: The Buchi Bar, Asheville, NC
    Description: Enjoy a summer supper prepared by Rosetta's Kitchen, hear about great new projects happening in the Asheviille area, and network with folks who care about local food, local finance, local economy.

    Dinner is free (donations accepted) and there will be a cash bar.
    RSVP if you can to info@slowmoneync.org to give us an idea of numbers to cook for:)
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