February 21, 2012
Issue No. 46

The Abundance Foundation's Beekeeping Workshop, Briar Chapel 5k  training tips, Chef Challenge updates, Manifesting, and more!
Dear folks of abundance,

We've had our first snow of the year (teensy as it was), and yes, we've enjoyed quite a large amount of hot cocoa in the past couple days.

Last week we attended the Piedmont Grown conference at Greenboro's Proximity Hotel and brainstormed with farmers, organizations, and chefs about how to use a Piedmont-wide local food marketing entity. Powerful conversations and brilliant insights ensued. More on that below.

Later we flyer'ed the towns of Elon and Burlington for our Intro to Beekeeping Workshop coming up in March at Company S
hops Market, downtown Burlington. We need more bees in this world; Register to become a beekeeper here or just learn more about these important critters!

In other news, there are 9 weeks until the 5k! Our generous friends at Fleet Feet in Carrboro are helping support our Briar Chapel 5k! Yes, thanks to them we have a handy 5k training beginners guide to help you rock the fun run on April 21st- 
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!
Training for our  


On April 21stBriar Chapel will be hosting a 5k race and kids' run to benefit The Abundance Foundation.


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!


*Want to learn about sponsoring the race?
 Please review the attached PDF for details on sponsorship possibilities & contact us.
Briar Chapel Earth Day  
Briar Chapel Community Park; April 21, 3-5pm
  • exhibitions from local businesses & organizations
  • Demos from local artists & holistic health practitioners
  • Mountain bike freestyle tricks by TORC
  • Local food and drink artisans
  • Bubbles, hooping, and face painting 
  • Live bands all afternoon
  • Chatham County's first ever food truck rodeo!!
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!


The Abundance Foundation supports community, sustainable farms, and working together to build a stronger, more resilient local food system; Piedmont Grown represents those values.
Learn how you can support Piedmont Grown and get your farm or business certified here. 
                      Pecha Kucha Pittsboro
March 6th in Saxapahaw!
pecha kucha pittsboro

Have something you feel 6 minutes and 40 seconds worth of passion about? Sign up! Details may be found at: Questions? Email us directly atCome 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 still have room for a couple of more presenters....let us know if you have 6 minutes and 40 seconds of something to say!
To reserve your seat or check out the presenters, click here.
 Linda Booker 
  Questions?  Email us @  
See you there! 
Chatham County Chef Challenge in full swing!
chef We have our "secret box" ingredients for each Chef Team.  This year, the lunch staff is collaborating with each Chef on creating the new menus for the schools.  The first Chef is Colin Bedford of Fearrington.  He will be working with the lunch teams of Siler City, Virginia Cross, Silk Hope, Jordan Matthews and Sage Academy on February 29th.  Then we have Chef Gregory Hamm from CCCC working with Bennett, Bonlee, J.S. Waters, Chatham Middle, Chatham Central.   Chef Jay Pierce of Lucky 32 will be collaborating with Northwood, Perry Harrison, Pittsboro Elementary anbd Horton.  The fourth team is a team of Chefs from the Chatham County Schools and they'll be working with Pollard, North Chatham Elementary and Moncure. 

We'll report back with more important dates and video along with a local sweet potato farmer that is supplying produce!
Our goal is to bring sustainability to central North Carolina quickly, innovatively and while enjoying the journey.

bluebirds and chickweed, 

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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Chef Kabui's Piedmont BioFarm Dinner 
kabui eggplant  
Vegan friendly, gluten-free and using vegetables from Piedmont Biofarm, you won't want to miss this delicious and creative exploration of local ingredients.
In collaboration with Piedmont Biofarm and The Abundance Foundation, Chef Kabui of Organics & Sounds will be serving a 4-course dinner at the Eco-Industrial Park in Pittsboro,  
Sunday, February 26th; 4pm-7pm
It is $50 per plate, and all proceeds
go to benefit Organics & Sounds.


Reserve your spot at the table today!


Saturday, Mar 3 ~ 
Manifest Abundance
- Lisa Dion


Saturday, Mar 10~ Cultivating Elderberries, 

the super fruit - Rodger Lenhart


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

company shops  

Saturday, Mar 31 ~ Perfect Scones and Biscuits ~ Karen Birbeck


Saturday, Mar 17 ~ Intro to Aquaponics - Mike Yablonski and Nancy Wisniewski 


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! 

Sunday, April 15 - Do-it-yourself Cheese Making with Laurel Shulman


Sunday, April 22 -  Advanced Cheese Making with Laurel Shulman


Saturday, Apr 21 ~ Easy Breads - Andrea Williams  


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

with Rebekah Hren 


 Register for workshops here.

Sustainability Summer Camp. Ages 10-15. July 9-13.


Our Youth Sustainability Summer Camp is an engaging 5-day learning experience that exposes youth to a wide range of sustainability topics in order to empower the next generation of environmental stewards and community leaders.  

 The week-long day camp is jam-packed with hands-on workshops led by inspired educators and sustainability experts.


 Topics include green building, making biodiesel, sustainable agriculture, local economy & finance, seed saving, making snacks from fresh ingredients, medicinal herbs, water catchment, composting and more. 




Ride your bike for good.
Register for Chatham Habitat for Humanity's charity ride happening May 12th, 
 Enjoy running? How about a pint of beer?
 Then join us for the first...
ˇˇˇPUB RUNS!!!
 The first run is March 5 at 6pm starting at the City Tap in downtown Pittsboro.
Come for a nice 3-5 mile run and join us for food and beer at The City Tap afterward!
Portion of the profits from food and beer sold go to benefit 
The Abundance Foundation. 
city tap