If we want an ecologically sustainable food system we must figure out how to finance it.
So, are we gonna beg, borrow, or steal the money we need?
In NC we’ve pioneered Slow Money peer-to-peer lending, some folks have used crowd-funding, others have gotten USDA grants or conventional bank loans. Most business owners have put together a combination of funding options, and ‘layered’ various sources of capital.
They will share their successes and their challenges in creating a new paradigm of community financing for the greater good, and ask the important question of us all – is this enough?