November 23, 2010Issue No. 24
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Cookie Baking for Kids, TWIG, Community Garden & the Children are Rising to the Occasion!
Dear Abundant People,

SO MUCH to be thankful's been such a great year and next e-news will be our Annual Report and all the fun stuff being planned for 2011!!  Abundance Foundation has been rocking it and it's all thanks to YOU!  We so appreciate your support, your interest and your participation.  Hoping everyone has the best Thanksgiving ever!
December 4th
1 pm to 3 pm
holiday cookie
Chef Arlo and Chef Sage will be teaching 8 lucky kids how to bake gingerbread, sugar and chocolate chip cookies.  While the cookies are baking, they will decorate holiday bags so they can share the joy and the sugar!   Held Saturday at 220 Lorax Lane. Ages 6-12 are the appropriate ages and parents can drop them off.  For more information or to register, click here.


Community Garden Project for 2011
community garden
We are so excited to be able to partner with the Community of East Cornwallis and Habitat for Humanity to build our first Community Garden.  Saturday, November 20th we held a picnic with local food from Angelina's Kitchen, a bouncy house, s'mores and had the first community meeting about how to get started.  Garden leaders emerged, and ideas were flying.  Habitat is offering an empty lot as the space and a family foundation has offered seed money to get it started. 
Now the fun begins!  We'll need lots of volunteers, tool and seed donations as well as soil amendments and building supplies.  If you are interested in getting involved with this really exciting project, please email:  We can't wait to start digging and planting.  Special thanks to Habitat, Anna, Nick, Dan, Ana Maria, Stephanie, and everyone that helped Saturday!

The children would like to plant flowers, tomatoes, corn and of course, french fries.  So, we'll need some french fry plants.
community garden

Calling all Educators!
joeAbundance is currently setting the 2011 DIY (do it yourself) Sustainability Workshop Calendar.  If you are interested in being an Instructor or have a crazy workshop idea, bring it on!  We like it to be very hands on, dynamic, sustainability oriented and fun!  For workshop guidelines, click here.  To get an idea of past DIY Workshops, click here.

in deep gratitude
turkeys and thyme,

Tamela Schwerin
The Abundance Foundation
Shop @ TWIG in Chapel Hill and mention Abundance...they'll give 10% to the non-profit!

TWIG, an eco-friendly specialty shop located on S. Elliot Rd. in Chapel Hill has a holiday giving program from now until December  7th.  Located next to Whole Foods...go in and check it out.  If you buy something  mention Abundance and they'll send 10% our way to go towards running the organization.  At the kick off party, the Sugar Plum Fairy even showed up to dance for us!!  Thank you TWIG!

It's in their hands...
Chapel Hill Carrboro students titrating biodiesel
We've had a lot of Children's Tours and School events this month and the good news is that they are on it!  After engaging with many groups, we know that they are learning their environmental studies and they are hungry for more. 
One local school has formed a student group called "Eco Freako Posse".  About 13 students are working on reducing waste and increasing local food content at their school and we are helping in every way we can!  We met with the Girl Scout Good Earth Summit in Clayton along with Carolina Wormcastings and after a climate change discussion, they went around the building and turned off the lights!  Smith Middle School held their annual Global Connections Day and we discussed why it's important to buy local and why it's important to strengthen our local foodshed.  This Saturday, Piedmont Biofuels hosted 40 Chapel Hill Carrboro students for a hands-on day of crushing seeds for oil and making biodiesel  For photos,
click here.

People Highlight: 
Maria Kingery

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I first met Bob Kingery when he was in the early days of Southern Energy Management and we partnered on the first Abundance Project.  He kept saying, "you must meet my wife!"  Both being very busy, it took Maria and I awhile to meet.  I was grateful when I finally had a beer with her.  It's hard to describe Maria and do her justice, you really have to meet her to understand how huge her heart is and how much she sparkles.  Maria and Bob have taken their small solar company from the back of the car to the largest solar installation company in North Carolina.  She is not only cleaning up our air pollution in NC, she has created an incredible workforce that are empowered and that care.  Maria and Bob are leading this state in a sustainable energy future.  They've won tons of awards and are tons of fun.  Maria is on our Board of Directors and has also recruited rock stars to join us. 

Maria, thanks for what you do for all of our children and for just being you.  xxoo

Buy Stuff for the Holidays
Hannah's Goat Milk Soap
Not that we condone consumerism, but if you must buy a gift, we've got some lovely soaps, educational books and some other sustainability items.  Check out our online shop, click here.

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