August 2, 2011
Issue No. 36
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Calling all Royalty, Farmer Foodshare at Chatham Mills Farmers Market, Sixth Sun & Yardsprout, TRKfest,  The Amazing Pittsboro Pepper Festival + Fall Workshops, Wow!  

Dear Abundant People,

It takes a community to put on a festival and we are pulling out all the stops for the 4th Annual Pittsboro Pepper Festival...we have challenges, everyone is throwing in their new ideas and it's guaranteed to be a hot spicy splash this year! 

We have some new partners that we are excited about and some really great workshops.  We are busy planning on taking our work to the moon! (you know what we mean).  We love to hear from you, so if there are thoughts on any projects we are working on, please contact us

Hope your summer is relaxing and you are outside appreciating nature and friends.

October 2, 2011

4-7 pm

Briar Chapel Commons   

pepper fest 2011

Tickets are available beginning August 2nd. 

Chef and Sponsor Profiles coming soon! 

Music by Justin Robinson and the Mary Annettes,

Lonnie Walker


The Pittsboro Pepper Festival may sound like it belongs on the list of "Top 10 Strangest Small-town festivals in America," but while it's emphasis on peppers might be a little bit quirky, the growing festival of the Piedmont's local food, beer, and music is truly an all-out celebration of community.  


Calling all Royalty:  Help us sell tickets to the Pepper Festival and be a part of the Royal Court!   

pepper king

Chef John of Angelina's Kitchen earns the crown!

A big part of our mission is about FUN.  Why do it otherwise?  We need 25 folks to take the challenge and be a part of the Pepper Court.  Your goal is to sell the most tickets.  Whomever sells the most earns the crown!  This year's crowns are going to be spectacular, made by Chatham artist; Janice Rieves.  To be a part of the court, just let us know and we'll put your name on the website and sell 19 tickets (20th one is yours!).  We'll have the court ceremony and  last year's King and Queen will crown the 2011 King and Queen during the festival!


Come one, come all down to the Haw!
haw river assemblyVolunteer for the 2011 Learning Celebration, the Haw River Assembly's flagship environmental education program for 4th graders!   September 17-October 7 are this year's dates. Guide children through hands on activities by the Haw any day(s) during the 3 weeks.  No Experience required, Training and Meals provided.  We also need help in the weeks leading up to the Learning Celebration, as well as meal providers, canoe guides and movers.  Please complete the 2011 Learning Celebration Volunteer Form. Contact Donna Myers or visit the Learning Celebration page for more info.
Dates and Locations: Week 1: Bynum 9/17- 9/23  Week 2: Saxapahaw 9/24- 9/30  Week 3: Reidsville (Camp Guilrock) 10/2- 10/7
We welcome Sixth Sun & Yardsprout as partners
yardsproutOne part of what Abundance does is called:  "Fiscal Sponsorship".  This means that when a similarly aligned organization is getting started, we can act as their non-profit umbrella and help them with accounting, donations and getting off the ground.  We love working with our Partners because it allows us to reach further and they are always just really amazing folks! We are excited to announce Yardsprout and Sixth Sun as new partners.  Yardsprout helps folks find gardeners to grow food in your yard and Sixth Sun is an organization that promotes a sustainable, community-based lifestyle through hands-on education, long term support and innovative ideas specific to each community.

Sixth Sun will be tabling at Raleigh's First Friday at 10 East Hargett Street.  Stop by and say hello! 


Farmer Foodshare launches at Chatham Mills Farmers' Market Aug. 6th.
carrotJoin us at Chatham Mills Farmers' Market for the launch of Farmer Foodshare's Donation station on Aug. 6th.  Donation Stations raise local funds at farmers' markets to buy top-quality fresh local food for people at risk for hunger. Shoppers buy food from farmers and donate it, or give cash and we buy and donate on their behalf. Farmers also donate excess food.

Current programs are running at Farmers' Markets in Boiling Springs, Cary, Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Durham, Pittsboro and Shelby.  Since its founding at the Carrboro Farmers' Market in May 2009, the program has raised over 20 tons of fresh top-quality local food for nonprofit organizations serving the hungry in five NC counties.


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

rope swings and clean rivers,

Tamela Schwerin
The Abundance Foundation
In This Issue
Royalty Challenge
Haw River needs YOU
Sixth Sun & Yardsprout!
Farmer Foodshare & Chatham Mills Farmers' Market

A taste of DIY Workshops coming up!! (more topics coming)


September 10:  Biomass Gasification Made Simple with James Nowack

September 11:  Vegetable Stir Fry with Karen Birbeck 


September 17:  Elderberries, Bringing America's Super Fruit into the Modern Age with Rodger Lenhardt and Terry Durham  


September 18:  Sustainable Beekeeping with Catherine Adamson of Chapel Hill Bees 

September 24:  Farmers Market Feast with Andrea Williams  

September 25 - Do-it-yourself Cheese Making with Laurel Shulman

October 1:  Compassionate Listening for Sustainable Community with Jan Hutton

October 1:  Canning 101 with Rachel Hoff 

October 29:  Aquaponics with Mike Yablonski 


2011 TRKFest

August 11


Trekky Records is proud to announce the return of TRKfest, our annual Summertime blissfest, on Saturday, August 13th at Piedmont Biofuels in Pittsboro, NC. This year's festival will build upon the framework of the last three years, growing from a fledgling annual event to an essential expression of the North Carolina music scene, as well as the broader underground community.


This will be the fourth annual TRKfest. The event began as a one-off fundraiser for the Trekky Records Collective in 2008, but has transformed into an annual event, returning each year by popular demand. As always, the festival will take place at Piedmont Biofuels, a charming industrial biodiesel plant and organic farm nestled into the beautiful Pittsboro countryside. With the help of Piedmont Biofuels and The Abundance Foundation, we will attempt to minimize the ecological impact of the festival, reducing waste and emphasizing local and sustainable foods and drinks.


In addition to the music, the day will be bursting with other activities. Attendees will be able to play games, cool off under the sprinklers, vibe out in the Bliss Tent, purchase local clothing and crafts, tour the biodiesel facility and dance til they collapse, all while listening to some of the finest music North Carolina has to offer.


Admission will be a $10 suggested donation. No person will be turned away. This is a family friendly event! The rain date is Sunday, August 14th, but, c'mon, its not going to rain on TRKfest!




Mount Moriah

Midtown Dickens

Hammer No More The Fingers

Embarrassing Fruits

Ryan Gustafson


Brice Randall Bickford


Vibrant Green

and more to be announced!


Other Attractions:

Local art, crafts and clothing for sale

Pants-off Dance-off

Coffee Sack Race

Musical Chairs Cake Walk

Make Yr Own Tie-Dye TRKfest Shirt

Sprinklers and Water Things

Tour of Piedmont Biofuels

Free Haircuts

Shadow Puppets & the Bliss Tent


Find us on Facebook

"Like" us on Facebook and win a chance at a pair of tickets to our 4th Annual Pittsboro Pepper Festival! Once we get to 600 fans, we'll choose a winner at random. Spread the word!

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