January 13, 2011
Issue No. 26
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New Website, Biodiesel Intensive, Pecha Kucha, Mercedes Auction and Mardi Gras tickets!
Dear Abundant People,

We are pretty sure that 2011 is going to be the BEST year ever!  We are kicking the year off with a brand new website, a beautiful mercedes for sale, a biodiesel intensive workshop along with a sustainable biodiesel summit which goes right into a Mardi Gras Carnival....lots of fun and sustainability planned for 2011.  Hope you'll join us!

Mercedes 300 SD Auction, one of a kind and très chic!
Larry's Beans knows how to refurbish and gussy up things! If you've never been to their place, you must check them out on one of their bi-annual tours.  They fixed up a 1981 300 SD mercedes complete with new interior and an Elsbett kit (you can use straight vegetable oil if you like!) We are very happy to have them as an Abundance partner and they've donated the car to us for auctioning.  Minimum Bidding starts today @ $3500 and ends on January 25th @ high noon!  For more information and directions on how this works, click here!

Biodiesel Intensive with Sustainable Biodiesel Summit-march 2-4 & 5th.
summitThis year, we are coupling the Biodiesel Intensive with the Sustainable Biodiesel Summit and finishing with a bang by including tickets to the Mardi Gras Carnival!

Highlights of the Saturday, March 5th Summit include: 
three Great Projects:  Matt Steiman on the Dickinson College Plant, Eric Henry on Burlington Biodiesel Cooperative, and Rob Del Beuno on Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.  For the full schedule and registration, click here.

The Biodiesel Intensive will be held March 2, 3 and 4th leading into the Summit.  From humble beginnings as a biodiesel co-op to commercial biodiesel production, Piedmont Biofuels has first hand experience with all scales of sustainable biodiesel production. They are the smallest BQ9000 certified producer in the world recognized nationally as fuel quality experts and internationally for their biodiesel education programs. Come experience life in a local economy and spend a few days learning about production, plant design, methanol recovery and glycerin markets, fuel quality testing, regulatory and safety, and the fundamentals of the biodiesel business. This year Piedmont is adding a session on its breakthrough enzymatic biodiesel production.  For more information or to register, click here.
We promise to move local food, renewable energy and community forward in 2011, and we hope to bring you along!

icycles and cozy woodstoves,

Tamela Schwerin
The Abundance Foundation
In This Issue
Mercedes Auction
Biodiesel Intensive

New Website for

easier navigation!


We are really really excited about our new website....we simply grew out of our old one.  We want to thank the very talented

Susan Strozier

for her patience and expertise.  Thank you Camille and Lyle and thank you to the endless people that we asked advice...you all made it so much better!  Please explore and we'll keep adding to it and making it more useful and excellent!

Pecha Kucha  Pittsboro

February 9th!

pecha kucha pittsboro


We are all gathering for our first Pecha Kucha of the new year at Carolina Brewery in Pittsboro.  If you are interested in being a presenter, we have a few spots available.  Email us @ wow@theabundancefoundation.org

and get ready for fun and "thinking and drinking" as they say!!


Current topics include:


Public Art

Are We Hippie?

Plasma Arc Gasification

Mayberry Modernism

Local Tarot Part 2.



Mardi Gras 
Carnival 2011

March 5th, 7.00pm!

mardi gras

Join us for a night of adventure with tarot card readers, jugglers, aerial dancers, W.I.N.G.S and the music of Noot d' Noot and the Atomic Rythm Allstars.  You do not want to miss this one!  For early tickets, click here.


Proceeds go to 3 different non-profits:


The Abundance Foundation

Childcare Networks


Triangle Land Conservancy