August 6, 2012
Issue No. 56

The Abundance Foundation's
Pecha Kucha + Peppers + Local Organic Cotton, Elderberries and Burgers!
O' Abundant Ones, 
Wow, this summer is flying by!  Hope yours is lovely and relaxing!

We could not have asked for a better time and event at The Oakleaf...thank you everyone!!  We are holding the next Pecha Kucha....uh, TONIGHT!  It's going to be a blast...with some very fun people (might we say, characters....) presenting.  We'd love to see you at the Back Bar of Top of the Hill in Chapel Hill for a lot of fun!

We are in high gear for the FIFTH ANNUAL PEPPER FESTIVAL!  It's going to be amazing this year...we'll keep you posted with all the activities, chefs, brewers and some surprises!

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.

full moons and warm days, 

Tami, Jenny and Mary 
The Abundance Foundation 
Pecha Kucha Night - TONITE!  August 6th!
Doors open @ 6.00, Presentations begin @ 6.30!  
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!  
Burger Contest!
Carolina Brewery
Carolina Brewery is turning 5 years old in Pittsboro and to celebrate, they are having a burger contest...
  August 5-11 they will feature on their menu the top 6 recipes that have been submitted, 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!  So, GO EAT BURGERS!  **FOR Vegans AND Vegetarians, there are wonderful vegetarian and vegan burgers! 
& The Abundance Foundation, we want to thank
The Oakleaf Restaurant, Staff, the Farmers, the raffle donors, musicians and all of you folks who came out and had a blast together!
We raised over $3000 to help operate these two organizations!!!


harvest abundance


Thank you to: 
Chatham Marketplace, JNC Woodworking, Hewitt Pottery, Chatham Mills Farmers' Market, Parlez-Vous CrÍpe, UnWINEd, Starrlight Mead, Dutch Buffalo Farm, Angelina's Kitchen, Pittsboro Toys, Debbie Roos, Garrett's Flowers,  AND Justin Johnson, The Three Man String Band, and Eric Guthrie for their lovely music. 

Thanks to the following folks for their ongoing support:
jam 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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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.  

To register, click here. 


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-10am-12

at Pickard's Mtn Eco-Institute, Chapel Hill 


Sustainable Beekeeping 

with Catherine Adamson

Saturday, September 8th  


Workshops held in BURLINGTON @ Company Shops: 

September 18: Lunchbox Magic with Linda Watson


September 30th: Making Mead! with Starrlight Mead

October 20th:  Wine and Cheese Pairings with Laurel Shulman of Hillsborough Cheese Company


Dates to be announced for Backyard Chickens and The Transformative Life Soapmaking. 


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  

Click here to Register. 


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

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




TS Designs!

From Dirt To Shirt
From Dirt To Shirt
 August 17th:  3.00 to 7.00pm: 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.
4.00pm:  Speakers, Eric Henry of TS Designs, Roland McReynolds of Carolina Farm Stewardship,  Orpha Gene Watson, Cotton Farmer & Carol Hewitt of Slow Money NC
5-6pm:  Lizzy Ross Band
6-7pm Community and Conversations: Red Oak Beer & Braeburn Farm Hamburgers.

Location:  TS Designs
2053 Willow Spring Lane
Burlington, NC
**And look for our 2012 Pepper Festival Tshirts which will be the local organic cotton!
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* 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!
Keeping It Local short by Eric Pait, Abundance Foundation & Bennett Farming featured:

Keeping It Local
Keeping It Local