Slow Money NC with Carol Peppe Hewitt Local Investing

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CAROL PEPPE HEWITT is an author, business owner, social entrepreneur, pioneer in the community finance movement, and a champion of small business owners and entrepreneurs.

Since founding Slow Money NC in 2010, she has catalyzed over 125 peer-to-peer, low-interest loans to 63 small farmers and local food businesses in North Carolina.

Carol’s book, Financing Our Foodshed: Growing Local Food With Slow Money, (New Society Publishers, April 2013) tells the compelling, real life stories of twenty-two of those local food entrepreneurs – folks who grow, process, distribute, and sell local food – and the motivations behind the ordinary people in their communities who become their lenders. It is a blueprint for any community that wants to get moving from Wall Street to Main Street.

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Slow Money NC Part One

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Wild South with Ben Prater

Ben Praytor, WildSouth Conservation Director

Ben Prater, WildSouth Conservation Director

Our Southern Community visits the Wild South office in Asheville, NC, for a conversation with Conservation Director Ben Prater discussing red wolf recovery challenges, forest service planning for the next decade, preserving cultural ties with peoples and the land, ancient Cherokee trails that are still used today, invasive species eradication, the upcoming Roosevelt-Ashe awards event and a special Keller Williams tour to benefit Wild South!

WildSouth focuses it’s efforts on public lands and forests across the South East, connecting a wide range of volunteers with programs that benefit not only the wild areas we have today, but protections for future generations. Addressing the environmental challenges and economic pressures, Wild South draws from 20 years of advocacy and action.

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WildSouth 1st Half

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Blue Ridge Biofuels Sustainable Fuel

Woody Eaton, CEO at Blue Ridge Biofuels, and Melita Kyriakou, Business Administrator, join host Ned Ryan Doyle for a wide ranging discussion of the current national issues with biofuels, the regional success story of biodiesel from waste oil, the big expansion of the BRB facilities and new jobs, the “Field to Fryer to Fuel” program and more!

Now in their tenth year, Blue Ridge Biofuels demonstrates a sustainable model for renewable liquid fuel for diesel engines and home heating, community residential programs for cooking oil, how it’s possible to incorporate the agricultural community in growing feedstocks that help “close the loop” in the fuel versus food debate, create Living Wage jobs and a dedicated team of employees while supporting a sound regional economy keeping money in local economies.
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Blue Ridge Biofuels 1st Half

Blue Ridge Biofuels 2nd Half

Building Community with Brotherhug Barlow

Brotherhug goodA wonderful conversation with Brotherhug Barlow, the ever charming Communitarian! What do greenways, community spaces, air conditioning, front porches, abandoned rail lines, creeks, home design and gardening have in common? They can either build community or hinder building community, as Brotherhug explains in a fun discussion with host Ned Ryan Doyle.

Brotherhug and his family spent many years in the Five Points area of Atlanta before settling in Asheville, experiencing and learning what it takes to bring people together in communities on a truly local level, from pot luck suppers and music gatherings to local food coops and even banking! With a talent and passion for greenways and open spaces, Brotherhug as been an effective advocate for community and organizational collaboration in developing the Hominy Creek Greenway  and much more. With a wonderful dose of historical facts surrounding the current Asheville Buncombe efforts to connect open spaces, provide walking and biking opportunities and preserve environmentally and socially valuable resources, a wonderful interview!

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Brotherhug Barlow, 1st half

Brotherhug Barlow, 2nd half

Zev Friedman, Permaculturalist

ZevWhat do permaculture, kudzu, milpas, climate change, biochar, building community and education have in common? Zev Friedman! An interesting, fact filled discussion on forest farming, sustainable agriculture, hands on education and much more.

Zev is Vice President at Living Systems Design, Co-Leader of Permaculture In Action, Instructor at the School of Integrated Living and received his B.S. in Human Ecology from UNC Asheville in 2004.   Zev spends lots of time growing, gathering and processing perennial and annual foods, medicines and craft materials, and uses that experience to create hands-on classes in permaculture and earthskills.  He makes his living as a professional permaculture designer and teacher, and seeks to connect landowners, farming families and other stakeholders to grow multi-generational, carbon-sequestering village culture through that consulting work.

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And watch Zev’s intriguing TedX Katuah talk: Our Budding Forest Economy.

Mercury in Your Mouth? A visit to Dr. Matthew Young, DDS.

MattYoungHeadshotWhat’s in YOUR mouth? We know about the hazards of mercury from coal burning power plants and industry, but do you know millions still have mercury fillings in their teeth? Dr. Matthew Young discusses the science and the health impacts of mercury fillings, options to replace them, the global effort to ban mercury from the environment, best practices for removal of dental mercury and even a bit of the history of mercury fillings!

MattYoungproceduremercuryInvited to attend a global IAOMT conference in Australia this year for his efforts, Dr. Young works with a range of professionals in education and awareness. His practice in Hendersonville, NC provides the only nationally available  ‘real time’ mercury measurements during the dental removal process, a comprehensive biologic approach and custom designed and made, while you wait,  mercury free crowns, fillings and more. For more information, visit .

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Mercury in your Mouth? 1st half

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Mary Olson, Nuclear Information and Resource Services

Mary-Olson-wuft headshot      Mary Olson, the SE Coordinator for the Nuclear Information and Resource Service , brings her expertise and positive viewpoints to explain the nuclear plant shutdowns in the United States due to economic and safety issues, regional risks of dam failures to nuclear plants,  her presentation at the Vienna Conference on women’s health risks, the ongoing problem of nuclear waste and upcoming presentations sponsored by WNC Physicians for Social Responsibility.

Did you know women are at greater risk than men and young girls are at greater risk than young boys, from the same dose of radiation? That ratepayers are saving money as a result of nuclear power plant shutdowns? That proposed carbon rules are being co-opted by dirty energy industry’s lobbying? That nuclear power is not the answer to climate change? Ned Ryan Doyle hosts an update from an international expert on the issues.

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Mary Olson, NIRS 1st half

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Lang Hornthal with Root Cause and Appalachian Designs

Ned Lang innterviewLang Hornthal, Founder and Executive Director of Root Cause and owner of Appalachian Designs, joins Our Southern Community for a discussion of forestry in the Carolinas,  invasive species,value added benefits of sustainable forest management, and the 2014 Root Cause Award Winners including Max Woody  for his Lifetime Achievements, the Forest Stewards organization and Platt Architecture for business.

Plus, the ongoing effort to develop a regional directory for wood products, crafts people, wood workers and much more. What’s the CFLRP?  Hosts Ned Ryan Doyle and Michelle Smith visited the Appalachian Design wood working shop, for a ‘live at the time’ interview! Original Air Date 1-18-15

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Root Cause First Half

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Michael Gentry The Sustainable Gourmet

Gentry   Michael Gentry, the famous ‘Sustainable Gourmet’ and host of “Everyone Cooks” experiences, joins hosts Michelle Smith and Ned Ryan Doyle for an enlightening and informative conversation on sustainable eating, food preparation, health benefits of a plant based diet, food sourcing from local farms and the wild, gleaning and the importance of being thankful for our abundance.

For 15 years, Michael has taught and shared the joys of local foods, wild foods and cooking – all with a flair, fun and education! Original Air Date 12-14-14

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Sustainable Gourmet 1st half

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Patchwork Urban Farms Crowdfunding Campaign

SunilThe innovative  Patchwork Urban Farms effort, led by Farmer & Founder Sunil Patel, merges land with landless farmers, builds the soil, creates food and jobs, offers education and community interactions while providing a positive vision for urban areas and a new agriculture.

The Crowdfunding Campaign is based on 7 Pledges from Sunil and Patchwork Urban Farms…. listen as hosts Ned Ryan Doyle and Michelle Smith explore the environmental, energy and economic benefits of Patchwork Urban Farms! Original Air Date 1-11-15.

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Patchwork Urban Farms first half.

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