February 1, 2012
Issue No. 45

The Abundance Foundation's Farm Dinner, Chef Challenge, Briar Chapel 5k, DIY Workshop & Pecha Kucha updates!
O' Abundant Ones,

In February we'll be hosting one of Chef Kabui's renowned Farm Dinners, and holding several DIY Workshops! Chatham Chef Challenge is coming together and you'll be hearing more about it in March, April and May!

Right now we're really getting excited for Briar Chapel's Earth Day Celebration on April 21st, including our Briar Chapel 5k race, fun run, walk, roll, whatever...and kids' run!

If you're like us, you need some extra motivation to get out running these days...and on some days that certain song can really get us moving. Whether you're new to running or have been wearing out the soles of running sneakers for decades, the right song or playlist can make a mediocre outing into the most inspired, energetic workout yet! Here's a playlist to get fit to (Thanks, NPR)!

There are 11 weeks until the 5k! Plenty of time to get ready! Register here and come celebrate with us! 

If you would like to volunteer with us, or have any great ideas we could help with, please contact us! We always appreciate your feedback and support.

Check out our list of upcoming events and activities!
Summer is coming...
Register your kid for Sustainability Summer Camp! 
(Click the watermelon for more info)

There are 79 days until...  
On April 21stBriar Chapel will be hosting a 5k race and kids' run to benefit The Abundance Foundation.
The Earth Day celebration continues at Briar Chapel's Community Park from 3-5pm with demos and exhibitions from local businesses and organizations, artists and athletes, and food and drink artisans, live bands, and Chatham County's first ever food truck rodeo, featuring Chirba Chirba, Pie Pushers, Parlour, Will & Pop's, Fullsteam Brewery, and Carolina Brewery!
 Bubbles, hooping, and face painting for the young and young at heart!
The event is free, and the more you support the food & beer trucks, the more you support us! 
Bring your hungry friends and family!
From 6-8pm, some short films from Briar Chapel's sustainability PSA contest will be shown and then there will be a screening of Wall-E on the lawn! 
Guaranteed fun for all ages!
More info here.


Advance race registration is $20 and includes an organic TS Designs t-shirt, sponsor goodie bag, and a Fullsteam beer ticket you can redeem at the afternoon's event. The first race will start at 9am, with race day registration ($25) beginning at 8am. 


*Dogs and strollers are welcome!


***Sponsorship spots still available***
 Partner with us to help make this a community-wide success! Please review the attached PDF for details on sponsorship possibilities and contact us
The deadline for sponsors to be included on T-shirts is February 8th, 2012. 


Manifesting Abundance
  I first met Lisa Dion when we both had a crush on the same boy in college.  The boy is long gone and thankfully, we became great friends. I've watched Lisa go from college to cemetery plot sales to becoming a high powered software executive and I have the highest respect for her.  At the same time, I've used "abundance theory" or "law of attraction" to help me in the local food and renewable energy field.  And it works exceptionally well. 

If you have any goals this year, this is a perfect workshop for you.  If you want to improve your health, your relationships, your business goals, your finances, this "how to" workshop will change how you tackle issues in your life.

For a preview of what Lisa is doing, check out her new facebook page. 
To register for the March 3rd workshop in Pittsboro, click here.  Hope to see you there and we love seeing our community reaching it's full potential!
Our goal is to bring sustainability to central North Carolina quickly, innovatively and while enjoying the journey.

t-shirts and daffodils in February,

Tami, Camille, and Jenny,
The Abundance Foundation 
220 Lorax Lane #5 Pittsboro, NC 27312
Building our local foodshed, modeling renewable energy and inspiring community. 

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Saturday, Feb 18 ~ Quick Breads and Muffins ~ Karen Birbeck (more info below)

Saturday, Mar 3 ~ 
Manifest Abundance
- Lisa Dion
(more info below)  


Saturday, Mar 10~ Elderberries,

the super fruit - Rodger Lenhart


Saturday, Mar 10 ~ Sustainable Beekeeping ~ Catherine Adamson in cooperation with Company Shops Market and held in Burlington!

email for wait list!


Saturday, Mar 17 ~ Intro to Aquaponics - Mike Yablonski and Nancy Wisniewski  Email us for the wait list. 


Sunday, Mar 25 ~ Growing & using medicinal herbs - Kim Calhoun


Saturday, Apr 14 ~ 

Fungi 101 - Bob Armantrout - in cooperation with Company Shops Market and held in Burlington! 

email us for the wait list 


Saturday, Apr 21 ~ Easy Breads - Andrea Williams  


Saturday & Sunday April 28 & 29 ~ Building small scale off-grid photovoltaic systems 

with Rebekah Hren
email us for the wait list! 


 For updates to the schedule and to register, click here.

Quick Breads and Muffins 
Saturday February 18th, we are excited to present Karen Birbeck's Quick Breads and Muffins.  Karen began cooking at age 9 at her 4-H Camp in California and was soon going to cooking classes with International Chefs learning about all types of cultures!  Her focus in this class is to help us busy people add more nutrition into our breads and muffins for our families and to also be able to do it quickly instead of eating quick processed foods.  To register and work with this lovely baker, a chemist and an educator,  click here.
Chef Kabui's Piedmont BioFarm Dinner 
Chef Kabui, connecting sustainably grown local food, art & community 
In collaboration with Piedmont Biofarm and The Abundance Foundation, Chef Kabui, of Organics & Sounds, will be serving up a 4-course dinner at
 the Plant on Sunday, February 26th from
4pm-7pm. It is $50 per plate, and all proceeds
go to benefit his fledgling local organization, Organics and Sounds.

 Get the details and updates to the menu here or on our Facebook.


Reserve your spot at the table today!

by Feb 25!

Piedmont Biofarm has gone SOCIAL. PiedmontBiofarmLogo
Check out their Facebook and Twitter for CSA updates and upcoming farm events! 

      Pecha Kucha Pittsboro
March 6th in Saxapahaw!
pecha kucha pittsboro

Come join us for an evening of fast-paced presentations and lively conversation. PKN Pittsboro will stage our 9th event at The Eddy Pub in lovely Saxapahaw on Tuesday March 6th.
We are actively looking for presenters for the event. Ideas for topics are due Friday 2/17. Have something you feel 6 minutes and 40 seconds worth of passion about? Sign up! Details may be found at: 
Questions? Email us directly at
See you there! 
A Victory for Local Economy, Transparency and Sustainable Agriculture!

With the support of $30,000 from Slow Money NC lenders, TS Designs will be able provide 100% NC-grown Certified Organic Cotton t-shirts, a first in the history of cotton t-shirts!SlowMoneyTSDesigns

"This financing was critical to move this project ahead and keep the organic cotton fiber in North Carolina which it can best impact NC jobs," said Henry. "Working with Slow Money NC was the logical financing source - local people loaning for local needs." 

What makes these shirts special?
  • This exclusive crop was produced and harvested in North Carolina without any harmful pesticides.
  • The cotton will travel only 900 miles from dirt to shirt.
  • Each shirt can be transparently tracked online from the farm to the printer and every supplier along the way.
  • The local suppliers employ over 700 workers right here in North Carolina.
  • Printed and dyed with REHANCE - the most sustainable printing process in the industry.
"By utilizing local organic cotton, manufactured in a local, transparent supply chain we can make the most sustainable apparel in the world." - Eric Henry