February 19, 2013
Issue No. 69
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The Abundance Foundation's 
Pecha Kucha Night, Farming Adaptation Recap, Chef Challenge + more! 
Dear Abundant Ones, 

The Farming Strategies in Today's Changing Climate Conference last Friday was important to the resilience of our NC farmers and the strength of our community as a whole. When we gather to share stories, successes, failures, research and ideas, we move forward together.
The day was enjoyable and inspiring for us, mostly thanks to the generous help and total reliability of our farmers, researchers, advocates, CCCC's Natural Chef program + Chef Hamm, staff, sponsors and musicians. Thanks to all our volunteers for offering up their talents and good cheer to help the conference run smoothly. We could not have pulled this off without all of you! 
It was the our first time organizing a conference on farming adaptation and climate change, but not our last. We will definitely be maintaining this dialogue with/between farmers, researchers and advocates in the form of a task force, workshops and another conference/summit in the future. We will keep you posted. 
wool hats and warm scarves,

Tami, Jenny, Mary & Beth 
The Abundance Foundation 
farming strategies in todays changing climate

Conference Notes, Videos and Next Steps 
An amazing day of sharing and cooperation.
4 minute video overview: 
Farming Strategies Collage 
Farming Strategies Collage
photo by Mitchell Louws 
150 farmers, researchers and local food advocates came together on February 8 @ CCCC's Sustainability Technologies Building and put together adaptation questions and solutions.  
photo by Mitchell Louws
We thank the Participants, the Presenters, the Facilitators, Scribes, Volunteers, and all the Sponsors for a fabulous day. 

Keynote Speakers:
Dr. Laura Lengnick, Director of the Sustainable Agriculture Program at Warren Wilson College
& Ryan Boyles, NC State Climatologist
For full video presentations
please click here.

Laura Lengnick
A great Monday night...
pecha kucha 2013

Chatham County Chef Challenge
Yes...it's that time of year that we start focusing on school lunches and increasing fresh produce, local food and helping to support our amazing county lunch staff and nutrition folks.

This year we will bring in Celebrity Chefs to go over cooking techniques for raw fruits and vegetables that are in season in NC, as well as simple knife skills, etc. The panel of chefs will play recipe ideas and inspiration off of each other and field questions from the the cafeteria managers.

The goal of the training session would be for staff and managers to become more comfortable and efficient incorporating fresh ingredients into school lunch menus for our students in Chatham County, using locally procured ingredients when possible.

During the week of April 15-19, cafeterias will roll out new menu items featuring seasonal NC fruits and vegetables in new and creative ways inspired from this training session. More information to come....can't wait!! 

Sustainable Food & Energy 
Summer Camp
summer camp 2013
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 
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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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Now Each Individual Can reduce their independence on oil....

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We are so proud of all the buses from the Triangle including Pickards Mountain that spent their time and money to go protest the Keystone Pipeline this past Sunday with all the environmental and climate change issues. 
And, guess what.....it's up to US as individuals to start taking steps to reduce our oil usage....start conserving, using renewable energy. 
We can do this.


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

and to Larry's Beans for their ongoing support! 

The Transformative Life
with Ron Veitel & Jaime Powell

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




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


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.


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

Catch ongoing updates on our Facebook page
The Wild Food + Herb Market is officially coming to Carrboro on March 10th after the Carrboro Board of Aldermen voted to sponsor the Market and waive rental fees for the Town Commons. 


The core mission of the Wild Food + Herb Market is to provide a community space to sell and learn about ethically, sustainably harvested wild foods and herbs. 

Vendor applications are now available
for the Wild Food + Herb Market - Carrboro and experienced foragers, herbalists, farmers, gardeners, artists and craftspeople are invited to apply no later than February 22nd.

More info: 
Educational organizations that would like to have a table at the market are invited to contact the organizers at wildfoodandherb@gmail.comby February 22nd.

Information on becoming a sponsor of the country's first ever Wild Food + Herb Market may also be found at http://theabundancefoundation.org/wild-food-herb-market.


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 being launched with organizational support from 

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Earth Day 5k 
at Briar Chapel!
April 20th, 2013 @ 9 AM
Live DJ, Food & Beer Trucks, 
Post-race party with yard games, live music, and more!
All proceeds go to 
The Abundance Foundation
Pecha Kucha Presenters:
pecha kucha pittsboro
For full details, click here.

Jeff Gannon, DIRT, Compressed Earth Block

Jonathan Frederick, Litterati
Colleen Black-Semelka, Raku
Geoffrey Neal-Subtext Stream
Matthew Konar-$5 Can Empower the Arts
Jenny Schnaak-Pawpaws, then persimmons
Lee Anne McClymont-Voice Tattoos


 "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.