February 28, 2013
Issue No. 70
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The Abundance Foundation's 
Pecha Kucha Night, Earth Day 5K, Chef Challenge, Prohibition Party, Wild Foods + more! 
Dear Abundant Ones, 

Enough rain, goodbye February. We have a string of sunny days and a new month ahead and we're very grateful!
Coming up fast we have Pecha Kucha on Monday night, the opening day of the Wild Food + Herb Market in Carrboro next Sunday, Chef Challenge in all 17 Chatham County Schools the following Wednesday and on into April, then our spring fundraiser, the Earth Day 5k at Briar Chapel on April 20th!

Please save the date for a one of a kind night @ Top of the Hill...
celebrating the end of Prohibition with local foods, local organic spirits and flapper attire (if you dare!) April 7th!  Proceeds to benefit Abundance.

Beth Tacular has big plans for our incredible ongoing workshop series
We're ready to soak up the sun and kick it into spring time! 
dandelion greens and gentler breezes,

Tami, Jenny, Mary & Beth 
The Abundance Foundation 

"Celebrating the wild foods and herbs 

of the Carolina Piedmont"


Come celebrate the first Wild Food + Herb market at Carrboro Commons on March 10th, 2013 from 1-4 pm! There will be a wide variety of vendors selling wild foods, medicinal herbs, and providing educational resources, plus two talented local bands and a great plant walk to boot! Get wild for free! 


Save the dates for this year's markets!

March 10th
April 7th
May 12th
June 2nd
July 14th
August 4th
September 1st
October 6th

November 3rd 


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. 


Catch ongoing updates on our Facebook page

We accept Vendor applications on a rolling basis
For the Wild Food + Herb Market - Carrboro, experienced foragers, herbalists, farmers, gardeners, artists and craftspeople are invited to apply no later than 7 days before each market day.

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

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 Market is being launched with organizational support from 

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Chatham County Chef Challenge
On March 16th we're holding a Training Session for Chatham county school lunch staff to get inspired by local, seasonal ingredients. We are bringing in local celebrity chefs to go over cooking techniques and knife skills for raw fruits and vegetables that are in season in NC and inspire new lunch menu ideas.

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 across the county featuring seasonal NC vegetables in new and creative ways inspired from this training session. 

Monday, April 15th - Local Sweet Potatoes
Tuesday, April 16th - Local Tomatoes
Thursday, April 18th - Local Apples

More information to come....can't wait!! 
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
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! 

The Transformative Life
with Ron Veitel & Jaime Powell

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






According to nutritionist Ron Veitel, what we eat affects how we feel, which in turn affects what kinds of foods we choose to eat. The food we eat can initiate in our bodies either a positive domino effect leading to healthy choices and a vibrant life, or a negative downward spiral leading to disease and dissatisfaction in life.  

Sometimes, maybe when we aren't feeling that great, we turn to "comfort foods" that are lacking in real nutrition. We may feel happy in the moment, but our overall energy level soon decreases, and we actually feel worse in the long run.
I learned a bit about the science behind why this happens when I spoke recently with Veitel, in preparation for this Saturday's workshop he is co-teaching with longtime yoga instructor and life coach, Jaime Powell, called, "The Transformative Life." Ron and Jaime have a combined 35 years experience helping people change how they eat and relate to their bodies.  Making these changes in order to improve one's life is the purpose of this weekend's workshop. 

Intro to Aquaponics
March 23, 10am-2pm

In an age of rising populations and diminishing oil reserves, how are we going to feed ourselves? Aquaponics, a self contained, sustainable system for growing fish and veggies is one answer! These backyard food systems are one easy way to grow some of your own food.
Join Mike Yablonski and Rachel Tinker-Kulberg for an introduction into the world of aquaponics. During this hands-on workshop, Mike and Rachel will show you how to build your own backyard system. Just add plants, fish and water and you will be taking another step down the path to self reliance!

Join us for an 
old fashioned Prohibition Party!
Sunday April 7th
@ Top of the Hill TOPO Great Room 
Flapper dresses, local food and craft cocktails with local organic TOPO vodka, whiskey and the newly released local organic gin! 
To receive info + invite, please email:

Earth Day 5k 
at Briar Chapel!
**Want to volunteer?  Send us an email and thank you!
April 20th, 2013 @ 9 AM
Live DJ, TS Designs T-shirt
Post-race party:
Live band
Parlez-Vous CrÍpes
Carolina Brewery
Great American Meltdown
 Corn hole, bocci ball, 
plant seedlings to take home, make-yr-own reusable bag
and more!
All proceeds go to 
The Abundance Foundation
Pecha Kucha Presenters:
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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

Mark Kuykendall - a brand concept for multidisciplinary design