October 14, 2010Issue No. 22
email header october
Thank You!, Breadmaking, Communication Workshop, Solar Air Heater, Burt's Bees, a Scary Cooking Class and a Car Auction!
Dear Abundant People,

Thank you for the tremendous turnout for Pepper Festival!  Sign up for Breadmaking or WTF; Communication for Sustainable Community and also Solar Air Heating.  Burt's Bees came out on Tuesday for Teambuilding and our friends C'est Si Bon are offering a very fun cooking class in Chapel Hill!  Oh, and yes, we are holding an online auction to provide one of you with a beautiful blue diesel mercedes that you can put biodiesel in!
Over 500 come out to celebrate the Pepper!
Kristy Yule became Queen of the 2010 Amazing Pittsboro Pepper Festival.  John Battiste became King.  They were both very responsible for the success of the Pepper Festival and we thank them for carrying the Pepper Sceptre this year!
We thank all of you for your support and the Chefs and the Sponsors and the Volunteers.  Next year, we have lots of fun planned and we are working on the layout for no lines!

For beautiful photos by Trace Ramsey of the event, click here. (he is also having a photo show tomorrow in Siler City!) New Blood for the Old Body.

A Special thank you to our Volunteers who jumped into action and our Sponsors:  Briar Chapel, EcoFry, Whole Foods, Capital Bank, Chatham Marketplace, Larry's Beans, openNMS, Piedmont Biofuels, Triangle Brewery, The Sustainable Agriculture Program @ CCCC, & Weaver Street RealtyThe Chefs outdid themselves:  18 Seaboard, Angelina's Kitchen, Carolina Inn, Chatham Marketplace, Chipotle, Crook's Corner, The General Store Cafe, Lucky 32, Market Restaurant, Mez, The Natural Chef Program of CCCC, Larry Collura, and Zely & Ritz!
Thanks to the breweries:   FullSteam Brewery of Durham, Triangle Brewery of Durham and Carolina Brewery of Pittsboro.  They were really popular!  And the music was fantastic from Holy Ghost Tent Revival.  Thanks ya'll!!!

Thank you Burt's Bees!
burt Not only did Burt's Bees come out and have a Teambuilding Day at the Eco-Industrial Park, but they helped Farmer Doug harvest over a thousand pounds of sweet potatoes, worked on garlic and also peanuts.  They donated 2 beehives and bees to the Project also!

We love having groups out and including tours and sharing the fun around the place.  Thank you Burt's for your donations of time and hives!!
burt meeting
Blue Mercedes for Auction!
mercedesA very sweet donor has offered this 1985 Blue Mercedes Wagon to the Abundance Foundation and we are auctioning this off over the next 7 days!  Opening bid is $1000.  It has prior experience with biodisel already and is a sweet ride!  If you are interested in bidding, please send an email to wow@theabundancefoundation.org with your name (or use a quirky fun alias) and your bid amount.  The bids will be posted as they come in on this blue mercedes page. Bids close at noon on Oct. 21.  The winning bid will be announced on the page at noon on October 21st (next week!!)
pumpkins and ghouls,

Tamela Schwerin
The Abundance Foundation


Homemade Bread, Quick and Slow Workshop with Linda Watson
October 24, 1-4pm

Are you curious about baking bread, but don't know where to start or looking for some new techniques? Whether you whip up a fast bread or keep a bowl of slow-rising yeast dough in the fridge, you can make whole-grain, fresh bread with very little money or effort. Come to this fun hands-on workshop to learn how to make delicious, nutritious bread at home.  Register today by clicking here. Price goes up Oct. 16!!

WTF; Communication for Sustainable Community -
from Family to Neighborhood to Organization


What the Flip? How do we make the most of our family, social, work, community relationships?

Living in community is a commitment to interdependent living.  Sounds good.  Yet, so much of the way we act in our families, neighborhoods, organizations, and cooperatives is based on a cycle of dependence and independence, submission and rebellion, creating divisiveness and a culture of "meetings" that few can enjoy.  How can we begin to break that cycle and create sustainable relationships within our communities, with ourselves and with other human beings?  Learn with the lovely Catherine Cadden and Jesse Wiens.  Registration is here.
Solar Air Heater Workshop with
Stephen Hren November 14th


Join Stephen Hren and build a Solar Air Heater for an off-the-grid office!

The goal of this workshop will be to teach students how to build a wall-mounted solar air heater using common building materials and powered by a small PV panel and DC fan, and to install the heater on a south-facing wall for the purpose of providing supplemental heat in the wintertime.  Stephen has just finished his second book "A Solar Buyer's Guide for the Home and Office."  He and his wife, Rebekah, are Solar Rock Stars!  To register,click here.

transylvanian halloween feast!

cest si bon
October 29, 2010
6:00pm - 9:00pm
To register, click here.
cooking costumes optional, but acceptable ;)
Building our local foodshed, modeling renewable energy and inspiring community.