Running on Local: Build a More Resilient Economy

Local food. Local fuel. Local finance. All these popular ideas can help us build a more resilient local economy, and that means an even better community to live in.

Authors and locavists from North Carolina, Carol Peppe Hewitt (author of Financing Our Foodshed: Growing Local Food with Slow Money, and Lyle Estill (author of numerous books on alternative energy and local activism) are bringing “Running On Local” to Brooklyn for the evening.

“I heard an inspiring idea, in 2010,” Hewitt explains, “of moving money into the hands of farmers and the local food businesses that support local, sustainable farming. It was called Slow Money, and I tried it and it worked.”

If that’s not inspiration enough, Hewitt has teamed up with Lyle Estill, who is well known in alternative energy circles.

“In a world of global doom and gloom,” remarks Estill, “there are ways to localize all aspects of your life.”  He should know. He runs one of the few surviving community-scale biofuel operations in the Southeast, turning waste cooking oil into about one million gallons of B100 biofuel each year.

 Together they host a powerful conversation they call “Running On Local” and are taking their message and expertise from Miami, to Orlando, to Beaufort and Charleston, SC before heading up to Washington DC, NYC and Western MA.

Don’t miss this rare chance to meet and talk with these pioneers in local food, local fuel, and local finance while they are in our area!

And, as usual, we have presentations from amazing sustainable food entrepreneurs, such as:

• Elisa's Love Bites Dessert Atelier - Elisa Lyew - Boutique dessert shop dedicated to all-natural desserts including gluten-free, natural (non-artificial) sugar-free, vegan, and traditional sweet treats.

• Fresh From The Farm 365 Inc - Karen Sinclair-Key - online farmer's market with convenient home delivery.

•  eatKeenwa -Blake Niemann - all natural pure quinoa (keen-wa) products

Willow Vail Community FarmSarah Williford / Kevin Skvorak - Regenerative farm-based intentional community project in Greene Co. Primary business being a Perennial CSA, with on-farm education

* Bien Cuit - Zachary Golper and Kate Wheatcroft - Artisanal bakery using local grains.

* Bare Foot Organics - Phil Stober - Pennsylvania Organic Farm with CSA and branding local organic products.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!


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  • Emily


    March 21, 2014

  • Phil S.

    Glad you liked the eggs Denise. I'll pass your compliments on to 'the ladies'. They're busy laying more right now. :o) If you'd like to enjoy those every week, you can do so by becoming a member of our CSA. Check us out at 'CSA Program.' Great seeing you last night & thank you for your support of local food, sustainable agriculture and small farmers everywhere. Together we can all make a difference. Cheers!

    March 21, 2014

    • Denise Rourke M.

      Would love to be part of your CSA but I'm in Montclair NJ :(

      March 21, 2014

  • Denise Rourke M.

    I came to learn and that I did! Thanks everyone and see you again. Fantastic eggs.

    March 21, 2014

  • Cheryl A. C.

    Looking forward to networking and letting folks know about Fundafeast! A crowdfunding site 100% for food + drink. We are hoping to help anyone that needs funding! and keep up with us @fundafeast on Twitter.

    March 20, 2014

  • Esther L.

    I cannot attend this time. Is anybody video taping this meetup? Derek, if I pay the $15 fee, can I have access to a recording of the meetup?

    March 20, 2014

    • Derek D.

      We don't tend to videotape our monthly Gatherings. However, if anyone would like to take on this task, we'd be fine with that!

      March 20, 2014

    • Esther L.

      Anybody up to videotaping? I would really appreciate it!

      March 20, 2014

  • Andrew F.

    I would love to come and present to this group my talk on;
    Ecological Models for Economic Development

    Join us as Andrew Faust, NYC's long time Permaculture scholar, brings together Permaculture and Bioregionalism: two elegant design models that show us how to heal ourselves while we heal the land. The solutions to our economic and environmental problems aren't complex or out of reach. Quite the contrary! Our food, fuel and fiber needs can be met in synergistic ways that strengthen community economies reconnecting people with their beauty and biology.

    By cooperating regionally and designing ecologically we create and insure healthy and secure economies, landscapes and communities that benefit and enrich for generations to come!

    Come and learn how to meet human needs with ecological integrity through Permaculture design.
    for more of what I teach and design visit;
    Give a call and we can arrange it[masked],
    Andrew Faust

    March 17, 2014

    • Derek D.

      Andrew, We'd love to organize this event for late May or early June 2014 with you. Please give us some ideas for dates and venues. Thanks

      March 20, 2014

  • Carol Peppe H.

    Hi Marianna,
    The cost does not include food or drink, but there will be a cash bar. And yes, 6:30 is fine. I am sure we will be mostly mingling for at least the first 15 minutes or so.....looking forward to meeting you!

    March 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is any food included in the cost of the event or this only the entrance fee?
    Is it ok to arrive about 30 min late?

    March 15, 2014

  • Carol Peppe H.

    Lyle and I are looking forward to lighting everyone up with our success stories of over 100 Slow Money loans to dozens of farms/food entrepreneurs, getting to visit Egg, and hearing about the great things you are doing in Brooklyn and beyond! We will have books on hand as well. See you on the 20th.

    March 5, 2014

  • mahlon C.

    I definitely want to get Carol's Book at our library. (I use a library as it is sustainable, if you encourage the library system to get new books, it saves trees.) And I would like to meet and visit with Amy, and definitely visit Willow Vail Comm.Farm (sounds a bit like the mission of Iroquois Farm). Winter will likely end some time, and I will make the trek to NYC to visit with you all. We still have room for a few investor/members at CARI, and you get a free stay at the Inn and a free meal at "The Kitchen" and an opportunity to be part of the Rudolph Steiner type community we hope to build on "the Farm by the River", where everyone can grow things year around.

    March 1, 2014

  • mar k.

    Amy and Mahon I am sorry I will miss you. See you next time

    February 28, 2014

  • mahlon C.

    Sounds like a great group to visit with. However I doubt I can make it into the City as you will no doubt have another two or three blizzards that plug the streets. Up here in Northern NY, we have had snow and cold weather (it is 10 deg. today) but nothing like NYCity has enjoyed this winter. I will make it down when the weather improves. And if you would like to site a meeting on the Canadian Border, and pull in some of the Canadian Slow Money folks, remember, "The Kitchen at Iroquois Farm" is 5 stars, and probably the best food north of Brooklyn. Mahlon Clements

    February 28, 2014

  • amy c.

    Sorry I won't be able to make this - I'll be in Michigan (because it's not cold enough in NYC, apparently....)

    February 26, 2014

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