April 19, 2012
Issue No. 50
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Abundance Foundation's Briar Chapel 5k is here! Photovoltaic workshops & Send-A-Kid-to-Camp!
O' Abundant Ones, 

These are quite exciting times. There is so much energy and change in the air; between the thriving, greening plant life, the baby animals scurrying everywhere we look, the Shakori Hills Grassroots Music Festival coming up this weekend (visit us near the Piedmont Biofuels' truck!), and well, EARTH DAY, it's hard to get a wink of shut-eye at night!

Just this week we've launched our Groupon Send-A-Kid-to-Camp fundraiser to help subsidize the cost of our Local Food & Renewable Energy Summer Camp for youth who may not be able to afford it otherwise.

We officially have 4 monthly sustaining donors who we like to call our Ambassadors of Abundance. Will you be the 5th? Read more below, and make your commitment here.

We've also been gearing up for our great Briar Chapel 5k THIS SATURDAY, April 21st! We will have a record number of racers (and PRIZES) this year, so we couldn't be more thrilled. There's still time to register if you haven't already! 

We have an Intro to Photovoltaic Systems Workshop and an Advanced Cheese Making Workshop coming up fast! Register to reserve your spot before they fill up!   

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

world music and veggie things, 

Tami, Camille, and Jenny,
The Abundance Foundation 

PS. 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 (First 200 registrants receive a local, performance 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 7.30am. 
*UPDATE: Prizes for Top 5 male & top 5 female finishers +
age group awards + jam-packed goodie bags for first 150 racers to cross the line! Kids who run in the kids' run get prizes too!
Music by Justin Johnson!
 Justin Johnson
Special Thanks to our Sponsors who support local food, renewable energy & community!
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Bradshaw & Robinson, LLP
Chatham Audio
Sanford Construction   
Refreshments: Whole Foods of Chapel Hill & Galloway Ridge
 Race Prizes: TWIG, Great Outdoor Provisions
& Fleet Feet of Carrboro
*Pre-race stretching by Galloway Ridge
*Post-race massages by Carey Reynolds & Scotty Young.

*Dogs and strollers are welcome!


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!


Become a
Sustaining Donor
If you feel passionately about our mission and love attending our educational programs and fun community-building events, please consider becoming an Ambassador of Abundance, wherein we can set you up to give recurring monthly payments so you don't have to think about it.
 Become an Ambassador of Abundance and receive:
* Exclusive Invitation to the End-of-Year Ambassadors of Abundance Gratitude Dinner
* Locally-made organic t-shirt OR puzzle (with $25/month commitment or above)


Chatham County
Chef Challenge!

LISTEN to interview with
Chef Colin Bedford   
3 min: click here 
read Fearrington's blog! 
Visit your local Chatham County school cafeteria & dine on: 

Meatloaf with White Bean and Spinach Cheese Sauce and Salsa

LOCAL Sweet Potatoes with roasted garlic, chili and lime 

Margarita Pasta Salad

Peach Parfait with Granola


Created by Chef Colin Bedford of Fearrington and his team from Siler City, Virginia, Cross, Silk Hope, Jordan Matthews/SAGE schools.   

special thanks to all the partners!


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

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, Apr 21 ~ Easy Breads - Andrea Williams SOLD OUT  


Sunday, April 22 -  Advanced Cheese Making with Laurel Shulman


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

with Rebekah Hren 



Saturday, May 5 ~  Worm Bin Composting with Terri Gardner 


Sunday, May 6 ~ Soap Making Demonstration with Alan Russo 


Saturday, May 12 ~  Permaculture Principles with Terri Gardner 


Saturday, May 19 ~ Oh Baby! Baby Food Making Workshop Andrea Williams


Saturday, May 26 ~ Sustainability Tour Guide Workshop with Lyle Estill 


Saturday, June 9 ~ Seed Saving Magic with Doug Jones of Piedmont Biofarm
*email us for the wait list:  wow@theabundancefoundation.org 


Saturday, June 16 ~  Intensive Organic Gardening  - Bob Armantrout in Moncure


Saturday, September 22 ~ Compassionate Listening - Jan Hutton at St. Bart's Church - $35 to $75 (sliding scale)


A big *Thank You* to our workshop sponsor, Whole Foods of Chapel Hill for donating the ingredients for our Cheesemaking and Bread Baking Workshops and another big *Thank You* to Larry's Beans for their ongoing support! 


Register for workshops here

Can you help 

summer camp groupon

We've already reached 4 kids' scholarships with a goal of 9! 
Did you go to summer camp when you were younger? What parts can you still remember?


Between the new friends, the new games & experiences in nature, and the camp counselors to look up to, Summer Camp can make a huge difference in a kid's life.


With just $10, you can help subsidize the cost of Renewable Energy & Local Food Summer Camp for some Chatham County youth who may not otherwise be able to afford to go to summer camp this year. 


environmental stewardship

renewable energy

sustainable agriculture



food justice




Our Youth

Make Your $10 Contribution Here 


Local Food & Renewable Energy Summer Camp  
Ages 10-15;  July 9th-13th(M-F)


*green building

*biodiesel production

camp*sustainable agriculture 

*local economy 

*seed saving 

*making snacks from local ingredients

*herbal medicine


and more!


 Most schools have cut recess and do not emphasize the importance of playtime in nature.  Let's get more kids outside! 



Trail Build Day - May 5th!
 Trail Maintenance & Margaritas!
With generous community and volunteer support, The Abundance Foundation is going to build a 1-mile long Nature Interpretive Trail along the perimeter of the Eco-Industrial Park in Pittsboro to educate kids, families and ALL people on native trees, life-cycles and ecosystems specific to our Chatham County habitat. 
The tour will be hands-on, all-ages, cell-phone free, and provide a wealth of environmental education specific to our region. The Nature Interpretive Trail will feature Black Walnut, Honey Locust, Elderberry, wetlands, reparian landscapes, herbs, wild-edibles, and highlight the important roles of specific plants, their medicinal properties, as well as species identification.

* We call on the help of any and all folks who would like to volunteer to help build this trail! The first workday is Saturday, May 5th, from 10am-4pm and margaritas (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) will be served afterward. Come join us outside on the trail!
Wild & Scenic Film Festival
wild and scenic  
environmental short films held at 
The Varsity in Chapel Hill
April 28th 6-9pm 
...featuring Tami & Lyle as your
bubbly Emcees!
A Liter Of Light *Official Version*
Video: "A Liter Of Light "

Coming Up May 12th:  Chatham County Habitat for Humanity
30, 60 & 100 mile ride!!