August 18, 2010 Issue No. 18
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Canning, PV Installation, Edible Classroom, What do you do with a CSA box?, Late Shift @ The Plant, + More!
Dear Abundant People,

Things are buzzing around the Eco-Industrial Plant...Camille is busy organizing workshops, we've got tons of kids piling in for the Children's Sustainability and Energy Tours, we've just fired up the pizza oven and Chris is having Late Shift @ The Plant with pizza and Birds & Arrows playing.  Preparations for Pepper Festival are is good.  Hope yours is too! 
Late Shift @ Piedmont Biofuels-Sunday, Aug. 22
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Birds and Arrows with Big Al and his Marching Rams will be playing Sunday, August 22nd.  7-10:30pm.  Tickets, $8.  Coolers and Kids are welcome.  Wood-fired Pizzas will be for sale!  More information?  Click here.  Held @ 220 Lorax Lane, Pittsboro.
Edible Classrooms, Canning 101, Photovoltaic Installation
RebekahBegin the day with tea and muffins at Catherine's lovely home and garden, after which we will explore ways to enhance academic learning with real world activities.  During the course of the day you will learn how to:
click for more info or to register.

Canning 101 with Rachel Hoff, September 11.  
There is a huge demand for taking the abundance of summer, preserving and putting away for those cold winter months.  Learn with Rachel all the ins and outs.  To register, click here!!

Back by popular demand, Photovoltaic Installation with Rebekah Hren, September 18 and 19th.  Interested in solar electricity? Start learning with this intensive two day class covering off-grid solar electric basics. Hands-on: students will help install a code-compliant 500 watt PV system on a small cabin.  For more information or to register: click here. !
It takes a village....
kids tourWe had 100 kids, teachers and parents out for the Children's Sustainability and Energy Tours yesterday and will have another 60 today in partnership with Communities in Schools.  It is a joy to see kids learning about the environment, making the connections between their lives and nature and as Kathy Byron said, "having a truly unique experience".
We want to thank Kathy, the teachers, the parents and Nick Meyer for helping to shuttle each group to the appropriate station; vermiculture, biodiesel, sustainable agriculture, and solar energy, eco-systems. 
Thanks so much....these kids are going to save the world!
crickets and cooler nights,

Tamela Schwerin
The Abundance Foundation
September 25th:
Cooking from a CSA box!  Chef Sarig Agasi of
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Chef Sarig

Exactly what do you do with a huge box of zucchini and squash.  Or perhaps your box is stuffed with so much kale you can't see your kitchen counters...Chef Sarig will take an actual CSA box, whip up a fantastic meal and teach us tricks about using it all.
To register, click here!!
People Highlight:
Rachel Burton

Rachel is one of the founders of The Abundance Foundation and had the vision of a sustainability focused non-profit in this community.  Voila!  She's good at pointing and clicking!  She was the President for several years and just stepped down to Vice President as little Linus came along.  He's been in the world for 8 weeks, so she's getting back in the swing of things.  Rachel is full of good ideas and great at problem solving.  We are happy to have Baby Linus and happy  that she is on her way back!  Rachel also is a founder of Piedmont Biofuels and was an auto mechanic as well as a belly dancer.  You don't find that too often!  Thanks Rachel for thinking up this crazy idea!!

August 21st
NC Stars in The Round - A Benefit for the Shakori Hills Community Arts Center

 A special night out at Shakori Hills! This benefit for The Shakori Hills Community Arts Center will feature GrassRoots favorite Holy Ghost Tent Revival, local surf/country rockers Jack Maverick & His Wild Rebels, and a circle of local stars sharing their songs made up of Greg Humphreys (of Hobex), John Howie, Jr. (of $2 Pistols), Katharine Whalen (of Squirrel Nut Zippers), Mary Johnson Rockers & more (other guests to be announced)...

Music starts at 7:30!  For more info or tickets,
click here.
Slow Money Project Update!

On Saturday, August 7th, as part of a panel titled "Eco-Economics: Getting from Price to Value", Carol Peppe Hewitt took the Slow Money Project message to Durham.
She shared the project's mission - matching our investment dollars to worthwhile projects in our local food economy, with the fifteen participants and sparked a discussion on how this might be implemented in the Durham area. 

**If you are interested or know of folks interested in being a part of this project on the investor or the borrower side, please let us know!  Accepting applications for Slow Money Local Food Projects!!

Save the Date: 
October 3rd, Pepper Festival ...Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Pepper Beer....more info soon!

Building our local foodshed, modeling renewable energy and inspiring community.