November 26, 2012
Issue No. 64
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Abundance Foundation's Backyard Chicken Workshop, SWAP, Galileo, Farming Strategies Conference
Dear Abundant Ones, 

We trust everyone had a magnificent thanksgiving, one of the best times of the year for enjoying local food and community.

As we end our year, we are excited to announce Backyard Chicken Intensive Workshop with Jim Adkins happening January 12th @ Burlington's Food Co-op + TS Designs. 

To get ready for this workshop,  Jim is giving a
one hour preview tomorrow night (Tuesday, November 27th @ 7.00pm) at Company Shops, Burlington in the upstairs multi-purpose room.  Join me to hear a little about heritage birds, best practices and the joy of chickens.
My family gets deep satisfaction and intense happiness from our chickens.  These birds have taught us patience, responsibility, and how to slow down and smell the compost.  They rule the roost, there is a pecking order and we don't count our chickens until they are hatched.  We try not to put all our eggs in one basket...but it happens.

I highly recommend feathering out some chicks and learning how to keep backyard chickens.  It keeps you sane and grounded.  *see the story of Galileo

hot fires and starry nights,

Tami, Jenny, Mary & Beth
The Abundance Foundation 
Farming in Today's Climate
solar double February 8th, 2013, we are holding a day long conference @ Central Carolina Community College
Pittsboro campus to pair farmers with researchers and technical advisors.  In partnership with the agricultural community we will be bringing together the experts and experienced to solve some of our climate issues NOW. 

To volunteer or be put on the conference invite list, please email:

More info to come shortly!
The Story of Galileo
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Galileo came to us through friends while eating at the Market Restaurant in Raleigh....Mike and Lynn of Rainwater Solutions were eating their garlic french fries at the next table and mentioned that they had too many roosters.  We needed a rooster.  Their roosters were upsetting their urban neighbors.  Our rural hens needed a rooster presence.......more....  


8th Annual Reindeer Run, Saturday December 8th, Pittsboro
reindeer The USATF certified course begins and ends on the paved trail of the Central Carolina Community College Campus and winds its way through the rolling hills of the heart of historic Pittsboro. The Reindeer Run is a well loved tradition for runners and volunteers! One runner states, "This is my cannot miss run of the year..."Not only is this event well loved, but it is also a great way to promote being healthy and active. With obesity rates and chronic diseases being major health issues in our county, encouraging residents to be active is essential to healthy living. The Reindeer Run gives residents an opportunity to be active through the event and proceeds go to enhance park systems. The Reindeer Run is a well loved tradition, that promotes being active and healthy, and is great fun for all!

For more info or to register:  click here.


The Abundance Foundation 
220 Lorax Lane #5 Pittsboro, NC 27312
The Abundance Foundation is a non-profit 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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 Homemade and Homegrown Food   

(and stuff) SWAP! in Pittsboro. 220 Lorax Lane 



December 9th - 2 - 4 pm.  Get together

with your neighbors, fellow gardeners and  

DIYers and SWAP! (What we swap is going  

to depend on YOU!) Pre-registration required **FREE**

click here for all the info! 


A big *Thank You* to our workshop sponsors, Whole Foods of Chapel Hill  

and to Larry's Beans for their ongoing support! 

Back Yard Chickens Intensive
Daylong Workshop by
Jim Adkins of International Center for Poultry
(15 spots left) 
Chickens make you happy...they just do.
Preview: November 27, Tuesday evening @ 7.00pm @ Burlington's Company Shops Market
Workshop:  January 12, 2013 @ Company Shops Market and TS Designs chicken coop!
To register, click here.

Jim Adkins started his poultry interest as a young man who grew up in 4-H, raising and exhibiting poultry in southwest Washington State.

For the past thirty years, Jim has raised over fifty breeds and varieties of standard bred poultry: chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys. In 1994, he received his poultry judging license from the American Poultry Association. His work has taken him to more than thirty US states, Canada, and Australia to judge standard bred poultry.