October 10, 2011
Issue No. 40
October email header
Fantastic news all around on Sustainability!  
 Dear Abundant People,

We have so much going on, we have sustainability coming out of our ears!  Please join us for one (or all!) of these historical and inspiring events! 
Thank you for supporting the Pepper Festival!  As we expected, it doubled from last year!  Hail to the Super Vegetable!
Again, thanks for letting us do this very meaningful work.
Groupon selects Abundance to launch G-team in the triangle!
Groupon We are incredibly honoured to  be the first non- profit chosen in the Triangle to launch Groupon's G-team (their philanthropic arm utilizing Groupon's collective action model).  The campaign begins tomorrow, October 11 and goes through October 13.  Abundance's Children's Sustainability Education is the focus and folks from around the Triangle, Greenville and Fayetteville will be given the opportunity to donate $10 towards the $300 it takes to bring a classroom of under served children to our Eco Industrial Park to learn about the importance of local food, sustainable agriculture and renewable energy.  Be on the lookout tomorrow for your Groupon email!  And throw in $10!

Thank YOU and thank you G-Team!! 
Dogwood Alliance Sustainability Revolution
dogwood Dogwood Alliance is celebrating it's 15 year anniversary of protecting millions of acres of Southern forests and helping to transform the forest products industry.  We are supporting this fabulous non-profit and hosting a celebration at our place Friday, October 21st @ 6.30pm. (220 Lorax Lane, Pittsboro) and serving local beverages by Carolina Brewery, creating a "make your own" pizza in our outdoor pizza oven and listening to the sounds of Trilogy.  You'll learn more about Dogwood, headquartered in Asheville, NC.  Suggested donation, $10.  For more information or to RSVP, please email us
Sheila, Brooksie and Richard of Trilogy
Solar Double Cropping Ribbon Cutting-Nov. 4
solar double crop

iraverse Power and Light, Piedmont Biofuels, Southern Energy Management, and Piedmont Biofarm are pleased to announce the ground breaking of their "Solar Double Cropping" project in Pittsboro, North Carolina.
The endeavor consists of an elevated 92.16 kilowatt solar array that will generate electricity above the north field of Piedmont Biofarm, while sustainable produce is harvested at the ground level. The nine-foot clearance of the solar photovoltaic system is designed specifically to encourage growing crops that thrive in partial shade. 
Abundance Foundation will benefit as we add a new addition to our Sustainability Tours for Children and Adults!
For more information or to RSVP to the ribbon cutting, celebration event, click here

Pepper Propaganda ;)
sundayThe 2011 King and Queen were crowned, over 1000 folks came out to celebrate local food and sustainable agriculture and community! 
400 lbs of local peppers were consumed and 590 lbs of eco plates and food waste were composted thanks to Brooks Composting. A good time was had by all.  We want to thank Jon Young of JY Visuals for his amazing photos.  For all of them, click here.

We know it's not really about the king and the queen and it's really about what is good for the earth and what is good for the body.  Melody Guyton Butts wrote a fantastic article summing it all up in the Herald Sun.

Special Thanks go to all the Chefs and Beverage Providers who showed off their talents, the 75 Volunteers, the Performers, Bubble Blowers and Face painters, to Jenny and Camille for never tiring, and to Kristy Yule, Shannon McSwiney, Bill Mumford, Lee Bowman, Kathy Harris, Geo DeSocio, Heather Campbell, Screech, Shaine Tyson, Lindsay Blotzer, Jeff Gannon, Tim Keim, Mayor Voller, Angelina Kay, John Battiste, Carol Hewitt, Sami Grover, Gary Phillips, Ilana Dubester, Melissa Best, Anne Schwerin, Judy Harrelson, Geoffrey Neal, Holly Coldiron, Stacye Leanza, Julia Hartsell, Scott Crews, Ian Thomas, Elizabeth Roberts, McCayne Miller, Rachel Burton, Emily Boynton, and Lyle Estill.

For another photographer's perspective on the day and some sheer joy with bubbles, check out Trace Ramsey's Pepper Festival Portfolio.  Both Photographers were volunteers and would love referrals and art purchases!
Trace Ramsey
photo by Trace Ramsey

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

bubbles and hoops,

Tamela Schwerin
The Abundance Foundation
In This Issue
Groupon G-Team in the Triangle!
Dogwood Alliance Soirée
Solar Double Cropping Ribbon Cutting!
Pepper Fest Photos
Carbon Nation movie
Green Central, CCCC

Special thanks to Camille and our Instructors and Volunteers for the outstanding season of DIY Workshops!!  Check it out!   

herbal workshop

 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 and Nancy Wisniewski.  Think tilapia and duckweed. Aquaponics, a self contained, sustainable system for growing fish is an easy backyard food systems allowing you a way to grow your own protein. 


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


Carbon Nation
movie @
Southern Village, Friday
carbon nation

Screening of Carbon Nation, showing this friday, Oct. 14 @ 7pm on the green at Southern Village, Chapel Hill.  Watch the trailer.  Fun and
Inspiring!  Guest speakers, Leif Forer of Piedmont Biofuels, Jane Norton and Dennis Markatos. 
Green Central

The CCCC Green Building and Sustainable Technologies Program will be hosting the
"2011 Celebrating Green Central" event October 14-15th. The purpose of the Celebration is to highlight the Sustainable Technology program at CCCC and local green homes and businesses providing
the community with information about local resources to increase energy efficiency and renewable energy in their homes and businesses. The event also
includes tours of the Sustainable
Technology labs and presentations by
instructors and local experts. There are no fees, registration is not required. 
Thank you to our wonderful Community who allowed us to put on the Pepper Festival!

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  

Lynn Hayes Properties
Kinder Soles
B&G Fine Art
Lowe's Home Improvements
Eco Products
Harrison Brother's Sound
Smith Water
Chatham Portables
Kerr Drugs