June 1, 2012
Issue No. 52

The Abundance Foundation's Pecha Kucha, Summer Camp, & More!
O' Abundant Ones, 

Here we go! May was a wild and wondrous ride, and look- now it's already June! Peach trees, blueberry bushes, and our summer event calendar are filled with sweet promise. 

We have a stacked line-up of presenters ready for Monday night's colorful Pecha Kucha at Top of the Hill on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill! If you can't make this one, or couldn't get your presentation submitted in time, the next Pecha Kucha is July 2, same place, same time. 

We officially have
monthly sustaining donors who we like to call our Ambassadors of Abundance. They've committed giving every month with any dollar amount they feel comfortable, from $5 to over $100, in order to help us keep moving toward our mission. Will you be the 8th? Read more below, and make your commitment here.

Lots of good news on the workshop front: We have Seed Saving and 
Summer Vacation Snack Bar workshops coming up fast! Register to reserve your spot before they fill up! We've also updated our workshop page to include more of our fiscally sponsored organizations, like Pickard's Mountain Eco-Institute, who have incredible workshops in store for the summertime. Check them out to the right.
 
Our goal is to bring sustainability to central North Carolina quickly, innovatively and while enjoying the journey.

elderflowers and trailside blackberries, 

Tami, Jenny and Mary 
The Abundance Foundation 

PS. Check out our list of upcoming events and activities!

We'll also be raffling off three gift certificates from the wonderful folks at Great Outdoor Provision Company! Just $2 gets you a whole lot closer to some new summer gear! Look for our table at Pecha Kucha!

Is it getting too hot for you to run at 6pm? Well drink more water and try to come out anyway, because now we have RAFFLES each week to sweeten the deal. See you Monday!
Bon Voyage Camille & Bob!  Hello Ghana!
It is with sadness and excitement that we say goodbye to Camille and Bob.  Camille has been with us for a long time working hard on bookkeeping, developing our DIY Workshop Series and basically whatever needed to happen.  She kept things organized.  She even swept the office.  Camille managed our fiscal sponsorship side of things and was always the practical person in the office.

Bob, her other half has just been offered a position he could not refuse....turning poop into biodiesel in Ghana, Africa.  How sexy is that?!  In partnership with Columbia University and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, they are going to find a way to turn poop into something useful!  We think they might be back in a year, but we are wishing them well and can't wait to hear about the progress they will be making.
 

The Abundance Foundation 
 919-533-5181 * 220 Lorax Lane #5 * Pittsboro, NC 27312

The Abundance Foundation is a group of activists working to educate and empower the Piedmont about sustainable agriculture, renewable energy and local economy through hands-on workshops, community-building events and by actively engaging youth.
 
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Our Vision: The Abundance Foundation sees strong communities in harmony with nature, where all people are eating local and healthy food, using sustainable energy and enjoying a clean and vibrant environment.

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

@ 220 Lorax Lane, Pittsboro

  

Living Earth Ecology Plant Walk
June 9th - 9am-noon

at Pickard's Mtn Eco-Institute, Chapel Hill

  

Tracking: The Art of Reading Stories
June 23 - 10 am-4pm @  Pickard's Mtn Eco-Institute, Chapel Hill  

 

No Bake Beach Bars! 

Don't stop at the gas station for ding-dongs on your road trip-Learn to make vacation snacks that are easy and healthy!

Saturday, June 23rd @ 220 Lorax Lane Pittsboro 

  

Sparkling Waters Yoga Series 
Sundays in June - 10-11:30 am at Pickard's Mtn Eco-Institute, Chapel Hill  

  

Preparing the Summer Harvest: Cooking the Garden's Bounty  

July 7th - 9 am-12 noon @ Pickard's Mtn Eco-Institute, Chapel Hill  

  

Forage & Feast 

July 14th - 2pm-7pm at Pickard's Mtn Eco- Institute, Chapel Hill  

 

Elderberries, the native super fruit!

With Rodger Lenhardt,   

Learn about harvesting and using! Workshop includes elderberry juice samples and bringing home elderberry cuttings!

Saturday, August 11th. 10am to 2pm. 

Email to reserve your spot @ 220 Lorax Lane Pittsboro.   

 

Fermentation for Life 
Miso Making - September 15th - 9 am-12 noon
Kim Chi Making - October 6th - 9 am-12 noon

at Pickard's Mtn Eco- Institute, Chapel Hill  

  

Mushrooms: Nature's Treats! 
September 8th - 10 am-12 noon

at Pickard's Mtn Eco-Institute, Chapel Hill  

  

Sustainable Beekeeping 

with Catherine Adamson

Saturday, September 8 

Email to reserve your spot @ 220 Lorax Lane Pittsboro

  

Water into Wine 
September 22nd at Pickard's Mtn Eco-Institute, Chapel Hill

  

Compassionate Listening
Saturday, September 22, with Jan Hutton at St. Bart's Church, Pittsboro  

 Email to reserve your spot.  

 

Wild Foods Weekend 

September 29th and 30th at Pickard's Mtn Eco-Institute, Chapel Hill  

 

Living Earth Ecology Plant Walk October 20th - 9 am-12 noon at Pickard's Mtn Eco-Institute, Chapel Hill. 

   

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 Bean's for their ongoing support! 

 

Register for workshops here

...Feel passionately about our mission?
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)

 

Save the Date: 

The Collective Biodiesel Conference: 
Temecula, California
August 17-19th.  More info,
 
  
Thank you to everyone that helped make the Chatham Chef Challenge such a success!!

 We held the annual Cafeteria Staff Appreciation Dinner last night and are so appreciative of everyone that donated to this important cause.  Jay Pierce and Eddie of Lucky 32 were there wtih southern dishes, Colin of Fearrington House supplied the main course and Chef Hamm of CCCC Natural Chef Program and Cafe 121 supplied sweets and pasta.  It was a lovely dinner and Superintendent Logan spoke about the importance of local food and increased nutrition for the children.  We thank everyone that has helped on this and we can't wait for next year!