September 12, 2011
Issue No. 37
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Pepper Propositions, Benefit concert in Saxapahaw, Elderberries, Fracking news, + more! 

Dear Abundant People,

September is the best time of year as the weather is turning cooler and that gives us more energy!  Pepper Festival Tickets are going up in price end of day September if you are on a budget, take advantage!  We still have a few volunteer spots...this is a most inclusive event, so if you'd like to come volunteer and help a great cause, shoot us an email. 

We are most grateful for your support!
Pepper Festival Preparation:   Peppers and Chefs create amazing food together...Join us!
Jenny interviews John and Doug!
Pepper Festival - Roasting Poblanos with Chile Shack John

Pepper Festival - Roasting Poblanos with Chile Shack John of Angelina's Kitchen

Menus from Chefs coming in next e-news!!
pepper fest 2011

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


 For a list of Chefs, click here!! 

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! 



Pepper Festival music spotlight:

Justin Robinson and  

the Mary Annettes!  

justin robinson 

"Justin Robinson, grammy winner and former member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops,heads a collective of multi-instrumentalists who bring to the stage the magical intersection of their varied musical backgrounds. The Mary Annettes are comprised of local NC musicians Kyra Moore, Sally Mullikin, and Josh Stohl. Justin's vivid stories are delivered atop a rotating arsenal of instruments including autoharp, tres, viola, banjo, violin, fiddle, bass, keys, and drums, and Kyra and Sally provide rich vocal harmonies. The band lists among their influences JS Bach, Erykah Badu, English nursery rhymes, moonlight on a frozen swamp, Loretta Lynn, ossified remains of mammals, palindromes, and rhinestones."     

Deep River Clean Water Society
deep river Senate Bill 709, which calls for offshore drilling as well as a study of fracking that aims to change NC regulations, is still likely to come back for another attempt to override Gov. Perdue's important veto in the House of Representatives on Monday September 12th; it could also show up in another bill. Please keep calling your representatives at their home office numbers to make sure they know you don't support passage of any legislation that would accelerate allowing fracking in NC.

Also,Tuesday is the National Call in Day organized by the folks at GASLAND and other partners: It's September 13 from 9-5. You can call the White House at 202-456-1111 or email at to let the President know you oppose hydraulic fracturing! Email questions to
Saxapahaw Benefit Concert for African Women Farmers
sax african Nourishing communities from North Carolina to Africa!  Wednesday, September 14th, 6-9pm at the Haw River Ballroom.  Click here for tickets.Support central African women farmers working toward ending hunger and malnutrition in their families and communities.  Join musicians Diali Cissokho & Kairaba!, and other local NC artists for an evening of music & inspiration.


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 700 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!!
We just gave away two free tickets at 600 to:  Whitney Beers Schmidt!  We did a random integer drawing on and our 208th fan is our winner.....Congrats Whitney!

silver pepper


Seeding the Future:
Oct. 14-15, Dickinson College, Carlisle PA
dickinsonOur good friends in Pennsylvania are hosting a College Farms conference, "Seeding the Future" on October 14-15, hosted by the Dickinson College Organic Farm and the Center for Sustainability Education.  The speakers' list includes a great sampling of the country's pioneering educational farms, including Warren Wilson College, Penn State, Cornell University, Hampshire College, Middlebury College, the University of Montana, and many more.  Keynote Speaker Tony Geraci is sure to be a big hit as well.  For more information or to register, click here.
Our goal is to bring sustainability to central North Carolina quickly, innovatively and while enjoying the journey.

chipotle and tobagos,

Tamela Schwerin
The Abundance Foundation
In This Issue
Music Spotlight-Justin Robinson
Welcome Deep River Clean Water Society
African Women Farmers Benefit
Seeding the Future Conference

Camille is going gangbusters with DIY Workshops!!  Check it out! 


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 Chef Andrea Williams:  Are you trying to eat more healthfully but need a little inspiration? Join Andrea, of In Good Taste Fine Catering and get inspired! You'll get plenty of helpful tips for eating well, while also learning about local farmers' markets and farms.  In this workshop, you'll make a delicious feast using what's in season and sit down to share the meal.  Come prepared to learn much more than how to cook delicious food!   

farmers market
September 25 - Do-it-yourself Cheese Making with Laurel Shulman (below).
Join local cheesemaker Laurel to demystify your favorite item in the fridge: cheese!  Laurel will begin with a broad introduction to cheese, discussing its chemistry as well as the culture & history that surrounds it.  

laurel October 1:  Compassionate Listening for Sustainable Community (healing our world from the inside out) with Jan Hutton (below) 

How do we look at those who differ from us and see our shared humanity?  Explore the Heart-based Core practices of The Compassionate Listening Project with facilitator Jan in this experiential introductory workshop.
    Suspend judgment
    Maintain balance in the heat of conflict
    Shift from reactivity to compassion
    Speak from the heart with language that reflects a healing intent
    Nurture compassion for oneself and others

jan hutton
October 1:  Canning 101 .  Join multi-talented Rachel Hoff and learn how to can seasonal abundance to enjoy year round and take home a pint of something wonderful!


October 16:  Growing and Making your own medicine with Kim Calhoun.  Just before the cold season!  You'll use this knowledge forever to stay healthy! 

October 29:  Intro to Aquaponics with Mike Yablonski.  More info coming.  Think tilapia and duckweed! 


November 5:  Oh BABY!  Learn how to make babyfood with Andrea Williams!  (I wish I had this class when my babies were little!!) 


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