March 23, 2011
Issue No. 31

Chatham County Schools Chef Challenge, Earth Day 5K and Extravaganza, Apothecary and Solar Workshops,  

Summer Camp + more! 

Dear Abundant People,

We've been busy and are excited to bring the Chef Challenge to the children of Chatham County.  Lots going on for Earth Day and of course we have some amazing workshops that Camille has been working on.  If you want to is a good time!  We need help on Earth Day and there are also sponsorship opportunities still available.  We are planning our first summer camp, too!!  Thanks for your continued support and thanks for reading!

Chatham County Schools Chef Challenge
chef challenge
So, what happens when you take a posh chef, give them basic ingredients, limit sugar, salt and fat and ask him to cook for some of the pickiest eaters around....your kids?!!!

We are thrilled to be working with the Chatham County School System (17 schools, 8000 kids), Briar Chapel, Colin from Fearrington House, Jimmy from Crossroads @ Carolina Inn and the Natural Chef Culinary Program @ CCCC.  In April, we will be pulling off a pretty large feat!  Each Chef will be creating a menu using the school's ingredients, USDA guidelines, school equipment and also working with the lunch ladies so that they can create this.  From there, over three days, the new creations will be served to the children.  They get to vote on their favorite.  The following week, we'll invite local celebrities to make their favorite choice for the grand winner.  For more information and to keep posted, click here.  To read Superintendent Logan's perspective, click here.  Briar Chapel's blog is here. 
Opportunities for the kids to meet the Chefs close up....March 26th @ noon.  If your child would like to interview Chef Colin of Fearrington House, please email:  Some fun press: 
Chapel Hill Magazine and 1360 WCHL and Sustainable Grub.


Earth Day 5K Run & Extravaganza! April 16!
runOur annual Briar Chapel 5K benefit and Earth Day celebration is April 16th and will start with a 9.00am 5K run...nice and challenging on the beautiful USTF certified course.  We'll have kids activities, local food and beers, organic local tshirts from TS Designs, gardening talks with Farmer Doug of Piedmont Biofarm and a reading by local author, Jonathan Bloom from American Wasteland.  It is sure to be a fantastic day. To register to run, click here. 

The schedule so far is:
9.00am 5K Run: 
Directly after:  Awards, Kids Run
1-2pm:  Local Food Tastings in 5 different homes:  with Fearrington House, Carolina Inn, CCCC Natural Chef, Angelina's Kitchen, Saxapahaw General Store and Bean and Barrel!
2-3pm Community Garden Talks with Farmer Doug Jones of Piedmont Biofuels, Jonathan Bloom, Author of American Wasteland, and Tami Schwerin of Abundance.
2-3pm:  Tastings and Local Beer from Full Steam Brewery
For more information:  click here.

Hope to see you there!!
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Our goal is to bring sustainability to central North Carolina quickly, innovatively and while enjoying the journey.

redbuds and cherry blossoms,

Tamela Schwerin
The Abundance Foundation
In This Issue
Chatham County Schools Chef Challenge
Earth Day 5K Run & Extravaganza
DIY Workshop Series:
kim calhoun
Kim Calhoun educates on how to make your own medicine!

An amazing list of topics and talent:  

March 26th-Make your Own Medicine: creating an herbal home apothecary with Kim Calhoun.  Register here.  

April 2nd-Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants with Alan Russo.  Register here.
April 9th:  Fungi 101 (mushrooms!) with Bob Armantrout.shrooms Register here for Fungi 101  

April 16th-Building small off-grid solar electric systems with Rebekah Hren.  Register here.

April 30th-Canning 101 with Rachel Hoff.  Register here.  

May 7th-Sustainable Beekeeping with Catherine Adamson.  Register for bees here.
Cooking from a CSA box with Chef Sarig of Zely and Ritz.  Register here. 

New York City 1/2 Marathon Fundraiser for Abundance!!

Wow...Jess did it!  She ran a 1/2 marathon in record time ...really fast on March 20th!  Thank you Jess for raising $1500 for Abundance!  Thanks to everyone that supported her in this endeavor.  My hat is off to her.  

Mushroom Workshop @ Pickard's Mountain this weekend! 
March 26th..for more information or to register, click here.



Summer Camp coming up:
Marvelous, Incredible Renewable Energy & Local Food Camp for ages 10-18:  

June 27-July 1 


Abundance and Piedmont are teaming up with Woods Charter to offer a day camp this summer!


Come experience five days of learning and hands-on activities featuring biodiesel,solar, rainwater, worm composting green building, sustainable agriculture and cooking!  Discussions on conservation,

composting and day lighting will raise participant awareness of energy and resources.  During the week students will plan a local food meal created for themselves and members of the eco-industrial park.  Each day will focus on renewable energy and local food.  There will be time  

for water play, big chess and exploration.   

This program is offered on-site at  

Piedmont Biofuels/Biofarm in Pittsboro  

(bus transportation from Woods is  available for an additional $10).     

Instructors:  Lyle Estill is founder  

of Piedmont Biofuels and author  

of three books.  Doug Jones is  

Harvard trained and CFSA Farmer  

of the Year in 2009 and  

Tami Schwerin is the founder  

of the Abundance Foundation  

and activist.  For more information email:

 Offered June 27-July 1, 9am-12pm 


(Min: 15, Max: 20)