Crown History of Pepper Festival

A central piece of The Amazing Pepper Festival is the crowning of the Pepper King and Queen every year.  As a tribute to the artisans that spend their talents and […]

Pecha Kucha – Spring 2017

A Quarterly Storytelling Event
Tuesday, Mar 28, 2017 6 – 8:30 PM:

Pecha Kucha brings people together to present and discuss ideas. Presenters have 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide to discuss. CALL FOR PRESENTERS! Email us with your passionate ideas to share….

Running on Local, Right Here at Home

Running on Local at Emerson Waldorf in Orange County Written by Lyle Estill A few years ago Carol Peppe Hewitt and I put together a traveling speaking act we called […]

Pepperfest Kickoff! Farm-to Fork Dinner

Pepperfest Kickoff
with Chef Geoff, Piedmont Biofarm & Fair Game Distillery•
Sept 26, 6 – 9 PM:

Join us in kicking off Pepperfest with an unforgettable, magical Farm to Fork dinner at The Plant in Pittsboro. We will pair a delicious, Biofarm-sourced, five-course pepper-themed dinner with locally-made spirits and wines…..

Local Economy Bus Tour

A Money and Meaning Tour
to Saxapahaw & Alamance •
Sept 12, 10 AM – 3 PM:

A Luxury Bus will travel to local economy hotspots as part of our upcoming Money and Meaning Gathering! Tour textile mill TS Designs, Cotton of the Carolinas, famous destination village of Saxapahaw, Haw River Farm House Ales, Left Bank Butchery, and more…

Money & Meaning Summit


Since money it is such an easy thing to measure, it tends to be the first and only yardstick we use when it comes to assessing our place in the world. Because meaningless and abstract financial capital is what we focus on, it’s easy to lose sight of the natural, social, human and spiritual capitals which sustain us. At this conference we are going to take a crack at fusing money and meaning together…

Local Gets Double Billing

  The topic of “Local” is getting double billing at this Friday’s 3rd Annual Climate Adaptation Conference for Farmers, Gardeners, and Food Activists. At 11am, professor and researcher, Laura Lengnick […]

Ten ideas for creating cooperative local economies

  The co-operative economy is gaining strength. Rooted in community and in the democratisation of ownership, co-operative structures allow citizens to reclaim power over their workplaces, their open spaces, their […]