March 5, 2012
Issue No. 47
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The Abundance Foundation's Pub Runs, Pecha Kucha, Elderberries, Chef Challenge Beekeeping, Slow Money in Durham, and more!
Dear sweet folks,

Last weekend we held our annual Board Retreat in downtown Durham (an urban retreat for us country folk ;). We gained new inspiration and energy from our talented Board members and celebrated with some Fullsteam beers!
Thank you Gerardo, Gary, Emily, McCayne, Kristy, Lyle, Jenny and Naomi!!!  Thank you to Tema Okun, Paul Quinlan and Richard Andrews!
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This week we have our first Pittsboro Pub Run, Pecha Kucha in Sax, and workshops on Elderberry Cultivation and Beekeeping! More on those to the right ->

Slow Money and 9th Street Bakery partner, more below!

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!
 Enjoy running? How about a pint of beer?
 Then join us for the first...
ˇˇˇPUB RUNS!!!
 The first run is TODAY, March 5 at 6pm starting at the City Tap,
89 Hillsboro St, downtown Pittsboro. 
All people + all experience levels welcome!
 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. 
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                      Pecha Kucha Pittsboro
Tomorrow night, March 6th
in Saxapahaw

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(puh-cha * kuh-cha)

 6 minutes and 40 seconds of PASSION!  
 To reserve your seat or check out the presenters, click here.

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.
Thank you to Geoffrey, Ron, Matthew and our Presenters!

 Linda Booker 
  Questions?  Email us @
See you there! 
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 (includes organic TS Designs t-shirt, sponsor goodie bag + a Fullsteam beer ticket to 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!


Chatham County Chef Challenge first meeting with Chef Colin Bedford of Fearrington
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Our first meeting with Chef Colin and Lunch Managers from
Siler City, Virginia Cross, Silk Hope, Jordan Matthews and Sage Academy occurred on Feb. 29th.  Our box ingredients (think about the culinary tv show, "chopped") were ground beef, northern beans in a can, canned peaches, whole wheat pasta and local sweet potatoes.  It took about an hour and the Team came up with a theme. There was a lot of back and forth between Chef Colin and the 4 Lunch Managers.  One school in particular had a lot of equipment limitations.  The menu items have to work for all 17 schools.  CCCC's culinary students were brought in to observe the process and our next step will be for Chef Colin to write up the exact menu and hand over to Debbie McKenzie who will make sure everything fits the USDA guidelines.  Then we will roll this all out on March 22nd to have a cooking and training day with all the Managers and all the Chefs in preparation for cooking for 8000 students!

This week 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. 
More info, click here!
Our goal is to bring sustainability to central North Carolina quickly, innovatively and while enjoying the journey.

camellias and cardinals, 

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, 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!

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Saturday, March 24~ Effective Communication using Video
David Hughen

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 9th-13th(M-F)



green building


campsustainable agriculture

local economy & finance 

seed saving

making snacks from local ingredients

medicinal herbs


and more! empower the next generation of environmental stewards and community leaders!




   The Abundance Foundation's
 Fiscal Sponsorship

Pickards Mountain Eco-Institute Upcoming
March 10th - 9 am-12 noon 
(same dates and times) 


March 17th and 24th
9 am-12 noon


April 14 - 10 am-2 pm 


April 21st - 9 am-12 noon 


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Wednesday, March 7th
SLOW MONEY NC in Durham:

Bakery, Booch, and Sustainable Business Showcase Event!
Ninth Street Bakery is expanding, They are adding a deck to hold events, serve beer, hard cider and 'Bull City Booch,' their delicious NEW locally made Kombucha!  We are looking for several people to make affordable, short-term loans that total $30,000 to make this happen.  Owner, Frank Ferrell has worked for decades to make Durham a better place. This is our chance to give back, investing locally where it really matters.
For more information, click here.

 Raleigh City Farm
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solarize shakori
Solarize Shakori Project
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Calendar of Upcoming Events:


March 5 - Pub Run (The City Tap) - 6pm

March 10 - Elderberries, the super fruit

March 10 - (Burlington) Sustainable Beekeeping

March 17 - Intro to Aquaponics

March 24 - Effective Communication Using Video

March 25 - Growing & Making your own herbal medicine

March 31 - Perfect Biscuits and Scones

April 14 - (Burlington) Fungi 101

April 15 - Do-it-yourself Cheesemaking

April 21 - Easy Breads

April 21 - Earth Day 5K at Briar Chapel 

April 22 - Advanced Cheesemaking

April 28 and 29 - Intoduction to Photovoltaic Systems

May 5 - Vermiculture

May 12 - Permiculture

May 12 - (Burlington) Make your own Baby Food

June 9 - Seed Saving

June 16 - Organic Gardening

July 7-13th - Youth Sustainability Summer Camp

October 7- 5th Annual Pepper Festival


   *color key: workshop/skill building

  fundraising event

  youth education


More information at