September 1, 2011
Issue No. 37
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Biomass Gasification, Cooking Class, Elderberries, Pepper Chefs and Sponsors, Hops & Roots + much much more!! 

Dear Abundant People,

It's been a wild week with the weather...and things are as busy as ever!  We really have some amazing workshops that are incredibly unique with state of the art instructors...let us know if you have questions on any of them!!  We are working fast and furiously on Pepper Festival and overwhelmed with the help and excitement building around this event.  Tickets are starting to fly out the door...take advantage of early bird pricing before September 13th.  We'll also keep updating our facebook on Chefs, Sponsors, Activities, random fun things and of course the King and Queen as that race heats up. 

Once again, we thank you for your support and for allowing us to do this very meaningful work!
Pepper Festival Preparation: 

Tobago Pepper Pale Ale @  

Triangle Brewery! short video: 

Pepper Festival Triangle Brewery

Pepper Festival Triangle Brewery

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Tickets are available now online! 
Early Bird tickets $20 until September 13th! 


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.  
**We still have a few volunteer opportunities!   

Click here to jump in! 



Chef Spotlights...why do they prefer local food?

We've started interviewing the 24 Pepper Chefs as we figure out which peppers they'll use in their Festival recipes.... we've noticed that their birthplace plays a big role in their cooking!  For all the Chefs and their interviews, click here. 

jay pierce 

Chef Jay Pierce of Lucky 32


Chef Chad McIntyre of MarketRestaurant

photo by Mark Petco


Chef Jimmy Reale of  

Carolina Crossroads


Chef Vimala Rajendran of  

Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe


Chef John and Chef Angelina of  

Angelina's Kitchen

We welcome Deep River Clean Water Society
deep river One 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! Deep River Clean Water Society educates the region on the high risks of fracking to our communities, clean water and local food systems. They were co-sponsors of the Fracking Bewareness Event at Fearrington in July, and work closely with Water for NC.
Save the date!  Oct 14 & 15
cccc We are very lucky indeed to have sustainable technologies, sustainable agriculture AND the natural chef  Mark your calendar and for more info, click here!  Located @ the CCCC campus in Pittsboro.
Our goal is to bring sustainability to central North Carolina quickly, innovatively and while enjoying the journey.

earthquakes and hurricanes and tornados,

Tamela Schwerin
The Abundance Foundation
In This Issue
Pepper Chef Spotlights!
Welcome Deep River Clean Water Society
Celebrate Green Central!

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


September 10:  Biomass Gasification Made Simple (an adventure in renewable energy!!) with James Nowack
This technique involves using waste such as dead trees, wood chips, cardboard etc into high quality fuel.
To Register or more info: click here. 

September 11:  Vegetable Stir Fry with Karen Birbeck.  Need to cook a quick healthy dinner (who doesn't?!). Join Karen and learn techniques and about tools and then, best of all, you get to EAT!  To register, click here. 


September 17:  Elderberries, Bringing America's Super Fruit into the Modern Age with Rodger Lenhardt and Terry Durham.  Learn about growing as well as all the amazing qualities of the elderberry (evidently has youth sustaining properties!!).  To register, click here. 


September 18:  Sustainable Beekeeping with Catherine Adamson of Chapel Hill Bees.  Perfect for the beginner or the honey bee hobbyist wanting to learn more.  Everyone should know something about bees!  They are critical to our well being!.  To register, click here. 

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 (healing our world from the inside out) with Jan Hutton

October 1:  Canning 101 with Rachel Hoff 

October 29:  Aquaponics with Mike Yablonski 


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!
**The reason is we'll be updating facebook a lot more often than sending out the "like" us!!

silver pepper


Coming up this weekend! 
Hops and Roots Fest:

Saturday, September 3rd Abundance will be tabling there...come enjoy some hops, local food and local music!  

More info and tickets:   

click here.

hops and roots
We seriously could not put on this Pepper Festival if it were not for the Pepper Sponsors.  For more information on these community minded folks, click on their name.
Special Thanks to:

briar chapel
sanford mckim and creed     top of the hill open nms     burts bees       corporate investors           

Piedmont Biofuels   

 Larry's Beans          

 Chatham County  

Economic Development 

 Bradshaw & Robinson, LLP         

                    JY Visuals                    

Carolina Farm  

Stewardship Association 

Shakori Hills Grassroots  

Festival of Music & Dance   

 The Sustainable  

Agriculture Program,

 Central Carolina Community College      

Krombach Dunn & Co, PLLC  

Garlick and Murray  

Family Medicine   

   Weaver Street Realty   

  Country Farm &  

Home  Supply

  Chatham Mills  

Farmers' Market     

      NC Agritourism  

Networking Association