May 10, 2012
Issue No. 51
Abundance Foundation's Bake Sale, Pecha Kucha, & Permaculture workshop!
O' Abundant Ones, 

We felt so much community support at this year's Briar Chapel 5k (our 4th one!!) and we had a record turnout! Musicians, vendors, runners, dogs and kids alike could not seem to stop smiling! For photos, click here and also here.  Thank you all for supporting renewable energy and local food education and FUN in our community. Now we're gearing up for summer time...there is much fun to be had, starting with a good ole fashioned Bake Sale this Saturday!   

Last week began the national Cultivate the Give contest to give non-profits a chance at winning up to $50,000 in funding based on YOUR VOTES. Help us win scholarship funding to bring at-risk youth to Local Food & Renewable Energy Summer Camp...Vote Here

We officially have 5 monthly sustaining donors who we like to call our Ambassadors of Abundance. Will you be the 6th? Read more below, and make your commitment here.

We have a Permaculture Principles and a Eco Tour Guide 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.

appreciating our community, 

Tami, Camille, Jenny and Mary 
The Abundance Foundation 

PS. Check out our list of upcoming events and activities!
June 4, 2012
Top of the Hill's back bar
Chapel Hill, NC
Come enjoy a night of local food & drinks with Innovative, energizing presentations! 
$5 at the door
Have a concept you feel 6 minutes & 40 seconds worth of passion about?  
Submit your exciting & important  idea by emailing Slides are due for review by Monday, May 21st.
Chatham County
Chef Challenge!
Now serving at your local Chatham County School Cafeteria...

Sloppy Jays

Black eyed pea salad

Greek salad

Sweet potato pudding w/ vanilla yogurt

Menu by Chef Jay Pierce of Lucky 32
Special thanks to all our partners! 

Bringing real food to our youth, while supporting local farms...Because feeding our kids shouldn't be controversial.

More info, click here!
Loss of our dear Volunteer and Friend....
nick We are saddened and a bit shocked to have lost Nick Meyer this week.  Nick first came to our project by attending a solar PV workshop with Rebekah Hren and he helped get panels on our office for the first time.  He started attending movie showings and would pop his head into our office to chat.  He was a brilliant genius that knew more facts than even google. 

One day he approached Lyle and said "I'm a dying man and I want to give you all my money".   More....
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, May 12 ~  Permaculture Principles with Terri Gardner 



Saturday, May 26 ~ Eco-Industrial Tour Guide Workshop with Lyle Estill 


Saturday, June 9 ~ Seed Saving Magic with Doug Jones of Piedmont Biofarm


Saturday, June 23rd ~ No Bake Beach Bars! Learn to make vacation snacks that are easy and healthy. Email to reserve your spot.


Saturday, August 11th ~ Elderberries, the super fruit! Rodger Lenhardt - harvesting and using! Email to reserve your spot.


Saturday, Sept 8 ~ Sustainable Beekeeping - Catherine Adamson. Email to reserve your spot.


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

Baklava, Brownies & Cornbread, OH MY!
Yes, Abundance is having a
Saturday May 12 8am-1pm
Chatham Mills Farmer's Market

At our table, you'll find sweet & savory goodies from many talented bakers in the community, including Angelina's famous baklava, brownies and apple cake! 
Our goal is to reach $300 for a full Sustainability Summer Camp scholarship for one child whose family may not be able to afford it otherwise.

Come by & indulge in a treat (or three) for a good cause. Call it guilt-free if ya like.
Local Food & Renewable Energy Summer Camp  
Ages 10-15; 
July 9th-13th(M-F)

*green building

*biodiesel production

*sustainable agriculture 

*local economy 

*seed saving 

*making snacks from local ingredients

*herbal medicine


and more!camp


 Most schools have cut recess and do not emphasize the importance of playtime in nature.   


Let's get more kids outside! 



...Feel passionately about our mission?
Love attending our educational programs and fun, community-building events? 
Become a 
Sustaining Monthly Donor and receive:
* Exclusive Invitation to the End-of-Year Gratitude Dinner
* Locally-made organic t-shirt OR puzzle (with $25/month commitment or above)


An Easy way to help Abundance:
Cultivate the Give to help us win funding for Renewable Energy & Local Food Summer Camp to bring  some Chatham County youth who may not otherwise be able to afford to go to summer camp.

You can VOTE ONCE EACH DAY May 1 - June 30. Please vote, then share the contest with 10 friends!


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