January 22, 2013
Issue No. 67
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The Abundance Foundation's Conference on Farming in Today's Climate,
Funds to Farms, and Valentine's Evening Soirée! 
Dear Abundant Ones, 

Did you have fun in the warm sun and wet snow last week? We had a fun and successful sold out Backyard Chicken workshop and prepared many to start their own flock this year, for good company, sustenance and more. We had a great planning meeting for our upcoming conference on Farming strategies for Today's Changing Climate. In fact, there are a lot of significant, new things just around the corner! Coming up soon...!
  • Funds to Farms micro-fund event this Sunday Jan 27th
  • Conference on Farming in Today's Climate on Feb 8th
  • Two brand new DIY Workshops next month!
  • Sustainable Food + Energy Summer Camp - sign up today!
  • Wild Food + Herb Market coming March 10th!
  • BioBus with Pickards Mountain to rally against Keystone Pipeline 
Read more on all these below!

orange beets and purple carrots,

Tami, Jenny, Mary & Beth 
The Abundance Foundation 
farming strategies in todays changing climate
Friday, February 8th, 2013 
REGISTER TODAY:  click here. 
"Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it." Mark Twain
Well, we are going to do something about it on February 8th as we bring agricultural scientists together with farmers of all types.  It's time to demystify climate and begin discussing so that we can come up with adaptation strategies on a local level to strengthen our local foodshed.   
In collaboration with our agricultural community, we are bringing NC farmers, NC agricultural researchers and technical advisors together along with sustainable agriculture advocates to begin answering questions about how we can modify our production practices in response to climate change.

Farmers of all types, Agricultural Scientists and Agriculture Advocates: 

To volunteer, please email: 

8.00-8.30am                             Registration, Coffee, Local Food
8.30am                                    CCCC & Abundance Welcome
8.40am                                    Keynotes:  Dr. Laura Lengnick, Warren Wilson College  & Dr. Ryan Boyles, State Climatologist

Session One:  Vulnerability Assessment
Annuals:  Ken Dawson, Dr. John O'Sullivan, Gary Phillips
Perennials:  Bountiful Backyard, Dr. Gina Fernandez, Eliza DuBose
Livestock:  Tucker Whithington, Dr. Steve Washburn, McCayne Miller, Alison Martin

Session Two:  Managing Uncertainty & Risk with Solutions (The What We Know)
Annuals:  Debbie Roos, Alex Hitt, Dr. Frank Louws, Gary Phillips
Perennials:  Wynn Dinnsen, Dr. Mark Megalos, McCayne Miller
Livestock:  Tandy Jones, Dr. Jean-Marie Luginbuhl

Local Lunch Created by CCCC's Natural Chef Culinary Program
Music by David Hamilton and friends
Lunch Speaker:  Chef Jay Pierce of Lucky 32

Session Three:  Research Needs, Resource Needs and Next Steps
Annuals:  Cathy Jones, Dr. Chris Reberg-Horton, Gary Phillips
Perennials:  Chris Rumbley, James Robinson, Laura Lauffer
Livestock:  Dr. Charles Sydnor, + Researcher TBA, McCayne Miller

Closing with Summaries from Faciiitators
5.00pm Apres Party @ Piedmont Biofuels and Biofarm local food and beer from Slow Money NC.

Presented by:

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

7:00 - 9:00 PM


 Fullsteam Brewery 

Durham, NC



Funds to Farms: A Celebration of Local Food is a unique community micro funding program supporting local beginning farmers and food entrepreneurs.


*Due to overwhelming ticket pre-sales, tickets which include dinner are sold out, however, you may still attend, drink great beer and support new farmers/food entrepreneurs and vote for just $10 at the door (suggested donation)! 


**Cackalacky Ginger Pale Ale Launch Party coincides with Funds to Farms on Sunday. All day Sunday, Fullsteam will donate 50% of all proceeds from the sale of Cackalacky to Funds to Farms! Drink up - cheers!

Invite your friends and tell a neighbor!


Presented by:

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The Abundance Foundation 
220 Lorax Lane #5 Pittsboro, NC 27312
Call us: 919-533-5181
Email us: wow@theabundancefoundation.org
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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A big *Thank You* to our workshop sponsors, Whole Foods of Chapel Hill  

and to Larry's Beans for their ongoing support! 

Valentine's Day Wine & Cheese Soirée 
with Laurel Schulman of Hillsborough Cheese Company
Looking for something unique and special (and educational!) to do with your significant other on Feb 14th?
$75 per couple
February 14, 2013 from 7-9pm @ The Plant Kitchen at 220 Lorax Lane, Pittsboro!
The Transformative Life
with Ron Veitel & Jaime Powell

Saturday, March 2, 10am-2pm in Pittsboro

Register HERE 


Through various activities including

movement and writing, become more intimate with your own body and connection to food while exploring the spiritual significance of the foods we eat.jaime


From these activities, distill practical, easy-to-apply, life-enhancing steps for creating healthy eating habits and thinking patterns around food that can dramatically transform your life as you move into 2013.


We're so excited to introduce...

Opening Day is March 10th, 2013 at 1 PM!

Catch ongoing updates on our Facebook page

The Wild Food + Herb Market coming to Carrboro will be a "farmers" market featuring foragers, herbalists, wild food cultivators and local plant educators in the North Carolina Piedmont. The Wild Food + Herb Market will provide wild food and medicinal herb enthusiasts a place to buy, sell, trade and gather with others interested in wild foods and herbs. 


The Wild Food + Herb Market will be held monthly from March to November on Sunday afternoons from 1-­4 PM at Carrboro Commons. The market is currently seeking

sponsorships and vendors for the market.
Email wildfoodandherb@gmail.com if you're interested in becoming involved in any capacity.

The Market is being launched with support from 

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Save your seat: BioBus Adventure to Rally against Climate Catastrophe

February 17th to DC with Pickards Mountain:  EMAIL to save a seat:

It's time to take a stand against the Keystone XL pipeline, a dangerous and destructive project that would pump over one million barrels of dirty "tar sands" oil from Canada to the USA every day. The oil in the Keystone pipeline could poison drinking water, threaten the communities it runs through, 

and wreck the climate.


But there's good news: the Keystone XL pipeline cannot be built without a "presidential permit" from the Obama Administration. Let's turn up the pressure to make sure President Obama rejects the pipeline.



Winter rows at Piedmont Biofarm in Pittsboro.
Sustainable Food & Energy 
Summer Camp
Where does our energy come from? What is good food and how do we make it?
 Explore these questions and learn creative ways of answering them at sustainability summer camp!
  • harvest and prepare a delicious lunch together each day
  • Learn basic mechanical skills w/ bicycle upkeep & repair
  • Learn basic carpentry with a green building project
  • Make your own biodiesel and learn about solar energy
  • Practice repurposing + reuse through crafts and art
  • Learn about local economy + co-op business models
  • Forage for wild fruits & can your own jam!
  • Learn to grow & make your own herbal medicine
June 24-28th, 2013
 ages 8-14


Speaking of helping new farmers learn how to sustainably farm in North Carolina... 
Check out
featuring a photo essay about Transplanting Traditions Community Farm
with other great documentary work about the local Karen community of Burmese refugees.
By Vanessa Patchett