February 5, 2013
Issue No. 68
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The Abundance Foundation's Conference on Farming Strategies for Today's Changing Climate, Valentine's Evening Wine & Cheese Soirée + more! 
Dear Abundant Ones, 

Our year is going gangbusters so far. Our upcoming agricultural adaptation conference for farmers and researchers this Friday is really getting a lot of attention and will prove to create a lot of buzz. We can't wait to see the end result of the day.  


Dr. Laura Lengnick of Warren Wilson, one of our keynote speakers, and Tami will be on WUNC's State of Things this Thursday @ noonThe Indy is possibly doing a cover story of the conference due out in the February 13th Issue, too. 


Other things to look out for!

  • Want to learn to pair wine and cheese perfectly?! Register for our couples' Valentine's Evening Wine & Cheese Soirée on February 14th 7-9pm  >>-------->
  • Sustainable Food + Energy Summer Camp - for ages 8-14 from June 24-28, 2013 - Registration is open!!
  • Wild Food + Herb Market coming March 10th at 1pm!
  • BioBus with Pickards Mountain to rally against Keystone Pipeline in DC on February 17th.
Read more on all these below!

farmers and scientists,

Tami, Jenny, Mary & Beth 
The Abundance Foundation 
farming strategies in todays changing climate
Friday, February 8th, 2013 
 --- SOLD OUT ---  
Central Carolina Community College - Pittsboro campus

**Still seeking a volunteer photographer!

"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.   

Keynote Speakers:
Dr. Laura Lengnick, Director of the Sustainable Agriculture Program at Warren Wilson College
For Full Bios, please click here.
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Dr. Ryan Boyles, State Climatologist

Presented by:

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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


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
Learn to pair wine and cheese perfectly!

Looking for something unique and special (and educational!) to do with your significant other on Feb 14th?
$75 per couple includes plenty of wine and cheese
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



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 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, and the first in the country! 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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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.




 "Unmasking Inequities: Building Toward a More Just Food System for All!" 

A Free Lecture 

by Food Justice Advocate Maya Wiley


February 27 at 7 pm 

at the Durham Armory (220 Foster Street, Durham, NC 27701) 


The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) and the NC Agricultural Foundation Inc., are proud to announce that Maya Wiley will deliver CEFS' Annual Sustainable Agriculture Lecture on February 27 at 7 pm. 

Facilitation Training Workshop 
by  Maria and Joe Cole

Have you ever been to a meeting that was efficient, productive, and fun? How can facilitation better serve your organization, business, or community and revitalize your group process?  In this training, participants will learn facilitation skills that lead groups to better results while deepening our purpose and connection.  Open for all skill levels.


Learn and Practice:

·      Cooperation and Consensus

·      Facilitator Roles and Responsibilities

·      Planning and Prepping for a meeting

·      Working a Complex topic

·      Facilitator's Toolbox: Managing the Meeting

·      Working with Emotional Energy and Conflict

·      Evaluations: Working with Feedback



Saturday, March 16, 2013, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Chapel Hill, Arcadia Common House

Cost: $75

Contact:  drjoecole@gmail.com   



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Have a presentation in you?
Submit your topic and your 6 minutes 40 seconds to:  wow@theabundancefoundation.org