September 26, 2012
Issue No. 59
The Abundance Foundation's
 BIG DIY Workshop Weekend + Oktoberfest 5k this Saturday!
O' Abundant Ones,    
We have a race this weekend! It's the 3rd Annual Oktoberfest 5k put on by Carolina Brewery in Pittsboro. Come run, eat brats and currywurst, and enjoy a beer this Saturday, September 29th! 

We also have 3 DIY Workshops this weekend! 
Fermentation - the oldest (tastiest & most nutritious!) method of food preservation - register here
Mead-making at the Burlington Co-op - turn honey + water into honey wine! register here
Aquaponics - grow yr own fish & veggies at home! - register here
A little under 3 weeks until Pepperfest! Want pepper hype jalapeņo face 24/7? Follow the buzz on Twitter at #PBOpepperfest.

We have PRE-Pepper Entertainment on Friday, October 12th 7.30 at Davenport Winkleperry Pittsboro with Death, Love & Rock & Roll...a touching and funny one-man-act paired with storytelling & live music.  More info below.

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

chestnuts and barn spiders, 

Tami, Jenny and Mary 
The Abundance Foundation 
PepperFest updates:
Look at these majestic people wearing these majestic crowns made by Chatham artist Julia Kennedy!  2012 pepper crowns
Pepper King and Queen Crowns unveiled!  Those who sell the most Pepperfest tickets will be crowned. 

Follow Pepperfest Updates on  our Facebook
Follow the Pepper Trail! #PBOpepperfest on Twitter
When: Saturday, September 29, 2012 9:00am start
Where: Powell Place, Pittsboro, NC
Schedule: 7:30am - Registration
               9:00 am - Start
               9:45 am - Kids' Fun Run 1 Miler (free)
               10:00 am - Awards and Breakfast at Carolina Brewery & Grill
Price: $25 (includes the race, breakfast afterwards at the Brewery, t-shirt, & free admission to Oktoberfest event at the Brewery that evening) 
To Benefit: The Abundance Foundation! 
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?  
- Sunday, October 14th, 2012 - 
Briar Chapel Community Park
Advance tickets $30/ $35 at the door.
Want to volunteer? 


Come Hungry!

Kids 12 and under free. No pets or farm animals, please.

Cash Bar


Pepper Tasting! Photo booth, Bubbles, Kids Activities, Pepper King & Queen Crowning Ceremony


Live music from... 

Diali Cisshoko and Kairaba!

Justin Johnson

The Free States
 + Vegetable Circus


Local Chefs, Food Artisans & Breweries:

18 Seaboard & Cantina 18

Angelina's Kitchen

Bean & Barrel

Benjamin Winery

Bobby's Water Ice

CCCC Natural Chef Program


Capp's Apizza

Carolina Brewery

Chapel Hill Country Club

Chatham Marketplace

Crook's Corner


Edible Earthscapes


Galloway Ridge


Green Planet Catering

Heron's Restaurant @ The Umstead Hotel

La Residence

Lilly Den Farm

Little Dippers Italian Ice

Lucky 32

Market Restaurant


Mystery Brewing Company


Organics & Sounds

Six Plates

This & That Jam

The Granary @ Fearrington

Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery

Transplanting Traditions Community Farm

Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe

Virlie's Grill


HUGE thanks to our 2012 Pepper Festival Sponsors:

  briar chapel

Sanford Contracting, Inc. 


Jalapeno Sponsors

The OpenNMS Group 

Russell, Goetcheus & Associates 



Tobago Sponsors

Bradshaw & Robinson, LLP 

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association 

CE Group 

Eco Products 

Larry's Beans

McKim & Creed 

The Joy of Movement

Whole Foods Chapel Hill 

Sides, Seeding & Sod Company 

Shakori Hills Community Arts Center 
Southern Energy Management 


Pimiento Sponsors

Alicia Ravetto AIA

Burt's Bees


Central Carolina Community College

Center for Environmental Farming Systems

Chatham Economic Development Corp

Chatham Mills Farmers' Market

Country Farm & Home Supply

Eastern Carolina Organics

Farmer Foodshare

Garlick & Murray Family Medicine

Hobbs Architects, PA

Kimley-Horn & Associates

Krombach, Dunn, Pappalardo & Turchetti

Lynn Hayes Properties

Lowe's Home Improvement

NC Hops & Roots

New Horizons Trading Company

O.Henry Hotel

Pickard's Mountain Eco Institute

Pittsboro Farmers' Market

Pittsboro Toys

Piedmont Biofuels

Piedmont Grown

Sixth Sun

Slow Money NC


Weaver Street Realty


Transplanting Traditions Farm

Fall Festival

Sunday, October 28 4pm 

TTC Farm at Triangle Land Conservancy's Irvin Nature Preserve


Tickets are $15 and include:

 -Traditional Karen Burmese hors d'oeuvres with

ingredients sourced from the farm and hot cider

 -Live traditional Karen Folk music
-Farm tours
-Presentation about Karen culture and Burma 


Tickets and info:


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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Sep 30th-Fermentation with Farmer Adam Fisher in Pittsboro

September 30th: Making Mead! with Starrlight Mead held in Burlington 

Click to Register  

Starrlight Mead bottles 

Sep 29-Aquaponics with Mike Yablanski and Gregory Louie in Pittsboro 


Wild Foods Weekend

with Natalie Bogwalker @ Pickards Mountain Sep 29 & 30th.  click here to register. 


Kim Chi Making - October 6th -  

9 am-12 noon

at Pickards Mtn Eco-Institute, Chapel Hill More info, click here. 


October 20th: Wine and Cheese Pairings with Laurel Shulman held in Burlington. Click here to register.  


Living Earth Ecology Plant Walk

October 20th - 9 am-12 noon at Pickard's Mtn Eco-Institute, Chapel Hill.  

More info, click here.

More Fall Workshops Coming!  
Oct 20- Soapmaking with Alan Russo
Oct 28-Meadmaking with Starrlight Mead
Nov 3-The Transformative Life with Ron Veitel & Jaime Powell
Nov 4-Walking the Wellness Aisle with Ron Veitel
Nov 10-Making Greek Chicken Soup with Angelina!
Nov 17-Beyond the Lightbulb with Adrienne Bashista
Jan 12-Backyard Chickens with Jim Adkins 


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!   Thank you to the Feather Foundation for their ongoing support! 


Register for workshops here

Friday night Performance, October 12
7.30pm @ Davenport Winkleperry in Pittsboro.  More info & tickets, click here!
fiscal sponsor lunch

Thanks to our Fiscally Sponsored Partner Organizations for coming out to the Plant last Thursday for a fun idea-sharing lunch. Thanks to Angelina's Kitchen for catering!

We're happy to be working with you all,
Raleigh City Farm
Sixth Sun
Slow Money NC
Pickard's Mountain Eco-Institute
Harvest Connect Timebank
Deep River Clean Water

New Merch Cabinets!
new merch cabinet
We have a beautiful new cabinets handmade by Diane Swan to hold all the local crafts, handmade soaps, sustainability books we have for sale! 
This is where you can buy Abundance Foundation t-shirts, Sorghum syrup & honey, Piedmont Biofarm CSA and Piedmont Biofuels coop subscriptions, Pepper fest tickets, and that homesteading book you've been looking for, IN PERSON @ the Plant on Lorax Lane in Pittsboro.  
Come check it out in the community kitchen after a free Tour of the Eco-Industrial Plant every Sunday @ 1pm!
Pecha Kucha Night 
- November 5th -
*On the eve of Election Day*
Doors open @ 6.00
Presentations begin @ 6.30!  

Want to present at Pecha Kucha? 
Email us your presentation title & a photo of you/your topic BY OCTOBER 26th. Presentation slide shows due to no later than Nov 2nd!
...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)