July 25, 2012
Issue No. 55

The Abundance Foundation's
Harvest Abundance Cocktail Benefit + Raffle, Pecha Kucha + Peppers + Local Organic Cotton!
O' Abundant Ones, 
The next month is chock full of ways to share thoughts and ideas with one another while enjoying all the good food and good company around us! 

Harvest Abundance, a cocktail and local food evening at Oakleaf, will benefit Chatham Mills Farmers' Market and The Abundance Foundation. Local instrumental musicians, a raffle with probably the best prizes we've seen in a while, local beer, wine and a specialty cocktail will be there to go with all the delicious food- this is a perfect event to meet farmers, and get acquainted with Oakleaf and many of the quirky movers and shakers in the Pittsboro area.

We've got a STACKED list of presenters for our August 6th Pecha Kucha at Top of the Hill's Back Bar. You'll want to be a part of this night. Doors open at 6pm and it all starts rolling at 6:30pm.

Our Ambassadors of Abundance  have committed to giving every month with any dollar amount ranging from $5 to over $100 in order to help us keep moving toward our mission. Please consider becoming a monthly sustaining donor, read more about the perks, and make your commitment here.
Our goal is to bring sustainability to central North Carolina quickly, innovatively and while enjoying the journey.

copperheads and goldenrod, 

Tami, Jenny and Mary 
The Abundance Foundation 
Join us for an evening fundraising event to benefit Chatham Mills Farmer's Market 
& The Abundance Foundation
Brendan and his talented staff at Oakleaf restaurant in Pittsboro will be generously providing the food & ambiance for the event and everything served will be created from fresh ingredients found at Chatham Mills Farmers'  Market.

 harvest abundance

July 29th, 2012
4-9pm at Oakleaf


$40 per ticket until July 28
$45 at the door
Tickets available online, at Chatham Mills Farmers' Market on Saturdays from 8am-1pm, at Chatham Marketplace, or any day at The Abundance Foundation.

Admission to the event includes:
 - Local food reception of heavy hors d'oeuvres  & dessert
 - Beer, wine, specialty cocktail & Non-alcoholic drinks 
 - Live music from local musicians. 


*Bar will be open to purchase other options. 


And the most amazing raffle...

Enter the raffle ($10/ticket) to win:
prizes & experiences donated by Chatham Marketplace, The Abundance Foundation, JNC Woodworking, Hewitt Pottery, Chatham Mills Farmers' Market, Parlez-Vous CrÍpe, UnWINEd, Starrlight Mead, Dutch Buffalo Farm, Angelina's Kitchen, Pittsboro Toys, Debbie Roos
GRAND PRIZE: a private dinner for 8 prepared by Chef Brendan of Oakleaf


**Raffle tickets may be purchased at Chatham Mills Farmers' Market on Saturdays from 8am-1pm, at The Abundance Foundation, at Chatham Marketplace, Angelina's Kitchen or at the Harvest Abundance event on July 29th!** 
**Raffle winners will not need to be present at the dinner, so anyone can buy a ticket!  We anticipate there being over 12 raffle prizes, so folks have a good chance of winning something!



Thanks to the following folks for their ongoing support:
Pecha Kucha Night - August 6th!
Get presentations submitted by TODAY, July 25th! 

Pecha Kucha August
We'll also be raffling off 2 gift cards- one  from the wonderful folks at Great Outdoor Provision Company and the other from Fleet Feet of Carrboro! Just $1 gets you a whole lot closer to some new summer gear!
Read about it at Chapel Hill Magazine & Weekly! 
Burger Contest!
Carolina Brewery
Carolina Brewery is turning 5 years old in Pittsboro and to celebrate, they are having a burger contest...send in your dream topping to: burger@carolinabrewery.com
 by August 4th.  August 5-11 they will feature the top 6 recipes on their menu and allow customers to vote.  
The People's Choice Award wins a $100 gift card to Carolina Brewery.  On August 11th @ 5pm, the Burger Contest Cook Off will be held Iron Chef-style on the patio in Pittsboro with local celebrity judging.  The winner receives a BBQ grill and will have their burger on the menu!  Proceeds of the burger sales will go to Abundance!  We especially love the local ingredient burgers, so, send in those submissions! 
jam Come to our Homegrown Foods & Homemade Crafts (and stuff) Swap
September 2nd 2-4pm 
at The Abundance Foundation!
Details & Updates HERE
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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Planning a Fall/Winter Garden:

July 28th - 10 am - 2 pm - Terri Gardner, Instructor
Extend your growing season this year by planting a Fall garden! In North Carolina's climate you can have a luscious garden all the way into winter! Kale, chard, brussel sprouts, lettuce, spinach,carrots, beets, and fava beans are just a few of the plants you can enjoy as the air gets a little cooler. Join Terri Gardner and The Abundance Foundation to learn season extending practices based on organic companion planting, crop rotation, and permaculture principles.  $40 includes lunch, $ 30 without    

220 Lorax Lane Pittsboro 
To Register, click here.  

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

TS Designs!

From Dirt To Shirt
From Dirt To Shirt
 August 17th:  3.30 to 7.30pm: come out to TS Designs in Burlington and celebrate a truly historical and optimistic event:  First local organic cotton in NC since the 1800's!!  Join the sustainability community for food, drink and celebration.  More info:  TS Designs Facebook page.

**And look for our 2012 Pepper Festival Tshirts which will be the local organic cotton!
5th Annual Amazing Pittsboro Pepper Festival
Celebrate the sustainable agriculture, local food and community of the Piedmont with our growers, chefs, brewers, food artisans, artists and musicians
...the main ingredient? PEPPERS of course!
- Sunday, October 14th, 2012 - 
Briar Chapel Community Park


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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)


 See you Monday!