March 14, 2013
Issue No. 71
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The Abundance Foundation's 
Whole Foods 5% Day, Earth Day 5K, Chef Challenge, Bootleggers' Banquet + more! 
Dear Abundant Ones, 

What a beautiful month so far! We had a busy start with Pecha Kucha on the 4th and in getting the Wild Food + Herb Market ready for it's opening day on March 10th. 
We had over 500 folks come to the premier of the Wild Food + Herb Market and both attendees and vendors said they had a blast! It was so heartening to witness the community embracing this concept dedicated to "celebrating the wild plants and people of the Carolina Piedmont" and it really felt like a party!
Great photos at the Wild Food + Herb Market Facebook page!

Please save the date for April 7th, 6 PM @ Top of the Hill!
Celebrate the end of Prohibition with local foods, local organic spirits and channel your inner Bonnie and/or Clyde! Join us at the Bootlegger's Banquet!  Proceeds to benefit Abundance Foundation! 
newfound energy and longer days,

Tami, Jenny, Mary & Beth 
The Abundance Foundation 

We're in the final running!
 5% Day at Whole Foods Market Raleigh
VOTE on their Facebook page by leaving a comment
 "The Abundance Foundation" 
 VOTE in person at the Raleigh store all day!

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We will be there today from 11 AM-3 PM but you can come in to vote any time all day!
We need everyone's help! Tell your friends!

And make sure to save your big shopping for 5% Day on April 23rd!

Chatham County Chef Challenge
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Yesterday was our Training Day @ CCCC and we brought in 3 high profile local chefs, Chef Colin Bedford of Fearrington who recently won the prestigious international award, "Grand Chef", the lovely Angelina from Angelina's Kitchen and Chef Gregg Hamm of CCCC's Natural Chef Culinary Program and Cafe 121 to inspire cafeteria staff to use fresh, seasonal ingredients in new ways that students will enjoy, and to discuss prep strategies for working as efficiently as possible when using the best ingredients from scratch as well as teaching knife skills and ways to make their kitchens more efficient.

It is a forum to listen to the questions and ideas that cafeteria staff have relating to the goals around creating better meals for our 8000 students in the 17 Chatham County schools.
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Studies show that kids learn better if they are eating fresh, from-scratch meals. Healthy meals comprised of whole, unprocessed ingredients also help kids avoid obesity, stay active and greatly reduce the risks of becoming diabetic or attaining many other preventable diseases plaguing American children today.

We believe that the lunch staff have an incredible role and responsibility to help serve our children the healthiest meals possible and we want to help provide them all the tools and experience needed to get there. 
Chef Challenge Week is April 15-19th, when new recipes using seasonal and local ingredients roll out on lunch menus of all 17 Chatham County Schools.

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

Help us get the word out!

"Celebrating the Wild Plants and People 

of the Carolina Piedmont"

 Join us for the next one on April 7th, 1-4 PM


featuring live music and Carrboro's first ever 


Bring a blanket and some foods to share

 and grab a spot on the lawn!


Market Schedule:

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

November 3rd 



Catch ongoing updates on our Facebook page




Wild Food + Herb Market monthly e-Newsletter
email with "subscribe" as subject.

Information on becoming a sponsor of the US's first ever Wild Food + Herb Market may also be found at

The Wild Food + Herb Market is supported by: 

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The Abundance Foundation 
220 Lorax Lane #5 Pittsboro, NC 27312
Call us: 919-533-5181
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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! 

Intro to Aquaponics
March 23, 10am-2pm

 email us to get on waiting list for next one!

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!

Coming up in April, The art of Growing Mushrooms!  Dates and Info to come!

Join us for an 
old fashioned Prohibition Party!  
Sunday April 7th, 6PM
@ 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! 


Earth Day 5k 
at Briar Chapel!
**Want to volunteer?  Send us an email and thank you!
April 20th, 2013 @ 9 AM
Create your own team and go up against David Weekly Home's race team!
Live DJ, TS Designs T-shirt
Post-race party:
Live band
Parlez-Vous CrÍpes, Carolina Brewery,
& Great American Meltdown Parlour
 Corn hole, bocci ball, 
plant seedlings to take home, make-yr-own reusable bag
and more!
Special thanks to our Sponsors:
Briar Chapel, David Weekly Homes, Bradshaw & Robinson, LLP, CE Group, Kimley-Horn, Lynn Hayes Properties
Great Outdoor Provision, Fleet Feet, Duke Center for Living & O2 Fitness!
All proceeds go to 
The Abundance Foundation
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


Woods Charter School
Envirothon's film festival
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April 5th 7-9pm held at:
160 Woodland Grove Lane  Chapel Hill
short films about food and sustainability, proceeds benefit Abundance!

Save the date!
6th Annual 
Pittsboro Pepper Festival
October 6th 2013

by The News & Observer's Andrea Weigl