December 12, 2012
Issue No. 65
dec 12
Abundance Foundation's Backyard Chicken Workshop, Cheese Making, Annual Report & Save the Date-Farming Strategies Conference 
Dear Abundant Ones, 

It's always fabulous to look back on the year as we do in December.  It's a time to report to you all, and a time to reflect upon what worked and what didn't.  It's also a time to plan for the new year with all of it's wonder and opportunity.  Every year gets better and we hope you'll take a moment to check out our 2012 Annual Report. 

We are sad to lose two members of our community, Dan Blanchette of Bynum...loyal runner, river keeper and music lover, and Bill Dow, who began the local organic food movement in this area.  He is a legend and I'm happy to say he made it to Pepper Festival this year...which is a testament to his work.

Our heart goes out to both of these men's partners, friends and family.

cold winter walks and warm nights, 
Tami, Jenny, & Mary 
The Abundance Foundation 
Looking to give your loved one an EXPERIENCE rather than just more stuff?  

Give the gift of knowledge and a fun, new skill with our Backyard Chickens and Cheesemaking workshops coming in Jan/Feb. They make great presents for friends or loved ones, and support a great cause in your community. More info here.
Farming in Today's Changing Climate
adaptationFriday, February 8th, 2013
@ Central Carolina Community College - 
Pittsboro campus
We are throwing a day long conference to help discuss climate-related issues currently facing North Carolina's farmers and identify solutions and task forces to carry them out. In partnership with the agricultural community, we will be bringing together researchers, technical advisors and experienced farmers 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!
In Memory, Dan Blanchette & Bill Dow
pub run  
We are sad to say goodbye to our friend, Dan Blanchette, who was as kind, generous and loyal as they come. He joined us for our first ever Pub Run for Abundance this past year (pictured above) and continued to show his support for The Abundance Foundation by helping set up a google group for our Pub Runners and providing great advice for creating a successful running club. He showed up to run with us every week and we will miss him dearly. Click here to read his obituary.

Bill Dow, the doctor of local food.
Please take a moment to read this N&O article about Bill Dow by Andrea Weigl.

bill dow

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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
(9 spots left) 
Chickens make you happy...they
just do.

January 12, 2013 @ Company Shops Market and TS Designs chicken coop!
To register, click here.


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.
  February 3, Join local cheesemaker Laurel Shulman to demystify your favorite item in the fridge: cheese! Sunday, 1-4.30 in Pittsboro.
To register, click here.
Matching Grant for Slow Money by
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F4DC, a local foundation, has recognized the great work we are doing and has offered $5,000 in matching funds to help us keep building our project.  This funding will help us pay for part-time administrative staff to help us make even more new loans possible!  The donations must be $100 or less and we only need $1900 more to achieve our goal!
To donate $100 or less, click here by Dec. 15th.

supporting grassroots democratic organizing efforts

Check out our Annual Report 2012!
click here!

annual report