May 3, 2011
Issue No. 33
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Beekeeping Workshop Saturday, Sign up for Sustainability Summer Camp, Cooking with a CSA box! 

Dear Abundant People,

Summer is approaching and we are gearing up for our first pilot summer camp program for kids 10-16.  We are really excited about this day camp in which kids can learn about today's environmental issues and real life solutions all while having fun and learning to cook too!  More info below.
It's been a wild spring with lots of tornadoes and we've had a whirlwind of progress with kids nutrition, community gardens and really fun workshops...hope you'll join us for an event or workshop!

Summer Camp! June 27th
arloJune 27-July 1st, Ages 10-16:  5 days of learning and hands on activities with biodiesel, solar, rainwater, worm composting, green building, sustainable agriculture and cooking!  Kids will learn about conservation and will raise the campers awareness of energy and resources.
Kids will plan over the week a local food meal created for themselves and others. Each day will focus on renewable energy and local food and culminate in a local food celebration on the last day.  There will be time for water play, big chess and exploration.  For more information or to register: click here
In partnership with Woods Charter, Piedmont Biofuels and Piedmont Biofarm. 


Special Thanks to Briar Chapel for a fantastic 5K race, earth day and chef challenge!
Runners before the tornadoes!
We had a great turnout even in scary weather!
We want to thank Briar Chapel for sponsoring the 5K race and earth day events as well as for their behind the scenes work on the Chatham County Chef Challenge!

We'll keep working on the Chef Challenge and take it to the next level for next year and perhaps branch out to other counties!

Also, huge thanks for the support from the following sponsors:
Briar Chapel, Chatham Marketplace, Angelina's Kitchen, Kimley-Horn & Associates, Bean and the Barrel, Southern Energy Management and Home Performance NC, and Chapel Hill Tire.
Thanks to author Jonathan Bloom, Farmer Doug Jones, local brewery, Full Steam, Carolina Inn, Fearrington House, and the CCCC Natural Chef Program.
Save the Bookmobile
At risk of closing down!
While we didn't raise anywhere near the amount needed to convince the Board of Commissioners to continue the bookmobile, we're still hoping for a miracle, so may we hold your funds a little bit longer, perhaps a week or two. The county budget will be released May 16th and a  public hearing the following week when the public may speak to it.  If we do not receive the miracle, then we'll send folks back their contributions.  We really appreciate all the support that we have gotten.


The bookmobile serves as a 4th library to areas of the county that are under-served, elderly, the young, have no transportation or are housebound.  What does this have to do with local food or renewable energy?  It's about community and it's about having a literate population to deal with what lies ahead.  Please spread the word and time is learn more, keep posted or to donate, click here.


Farmer Foodshare needs volunteers!
farmer foodshareWe have programs in need of volunteers through the summer in Carrboro, Cary, Durham, Chapel Hill, Southern Village and Fearrington. There are weekend and weekday hours available. We can provide class credit or community service hours.

If you are interested in enhancing farm sustainability, food security or just plain sharing the bounty of our wonderful Triangle food scene with all members of our community, please contact Margaret at


Our goal is to bring sustainability to central North Carolina quickly, innovatively and while enjoying the journey.

strawberries and chickens,

Tamela Schwerin
The Abundance Foundation
In This Issue
Summer Day Camp
Thank you Briar Chapel
Save the Bookmobile
Farmer Foodshare needs you!

May 7th-Sustainable Beekeeping with Catherine Adamson.  Register for bees here. Join Catherine Adamson of Chapel Hill Bees LLC to explore the ins and outs of sustainable beekeeping. This workshop is ideal for those with no previous experience with bees or for hobbyists who want to explore a different way of keeping bees.  

May 15th:  Cooking from a CSA box with Chef Sarig of Zely and Ritz.  Register here.   


Learn how to turn your CSA box into delicious meals and snacks with Chef Sarig Agasi as your guide.
CSA (community supported agriculture) season is upon us and may soon find us wondering what to do with the bounty of fresh vegetables.  Whether you get your veggies in a weekly CSA box or buy them at the farmers market, they can quickly take over your kitchen. We all like to eat fresh, local food but sometimes we find ourselves running out of ideas.


June 12th:  Seed Saving with Farmer Doug Jones :  to register, click here. 


Easy Breads with Chef Andrea Williams!

Saturday, June 18th.  To register, click here.


Pecha Kucha has been postponed to a later date!!!

pecha kucha pittsboro

We need a few more presenters and are postponing the spring Pecha Kucha.  If you would like to present...please send us an email with your topic and (1) of your images!!

We'll announce the next date soon!!

Thank you!
Coming Soon!



For many people, the word "industry" brings to mind images of sprawling factories belching toxic emissions in a blighted natural landscape. "Industrial" has become synonymous with pollution, human rights abuse, and corporate greed. In Industrial Evolution, Lyle Estill seeks to reclaim the term, with its original connotations of hard work, diligence and productivity, and to show how community-scale enterprise can create a vibrant, sustainable local economy. Industrial Evolution is a story of survival. It is about how the small group of committed entrepreneurs introduced in Small is Possible managed to keep their dream alive and thriving through the economic recession, emerging with a model of what a sustainable local economy might look like in a post carbon future. Compulsively readable and seasoned with light humor, this grassroots account demonstrates that ecological stewardship and enterprise at an appropriate scale can lay the foundation for abundance. 

To put a copy on order

(should be here in a couple of weeks)

click here. 

Special thanks to Blue Cross Blue Shield for funding materials for the Community Garden and special thanks to Keith Denny of Backyard Edibles for the heirloom tomato plants!

garden girl
Watering heirloom tomato plants!

Happy Earth Day Video:

Thank you to Federico Negri of NYC for making this video.

earth day
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Speaking of Trash....

Let's Talk Trash Day @ CCCC...a lot of fun last Saturday!
wow, we must get paid a lot of money to be doing this....


Save the Date! 
October 2, 2011

pepper fest 2011