September 5, 2013
Issue No. 81
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The Abundance Foundation News:  Pecha Kucha
and Pepper Festival!
Dear Abundant Ones, 

Peppers are ripening (not to mention the paw paws), our volunteer teams are assembling, and our Pepper Festival posters, designed and screen printed by Chris Williamson, are coming off the presses! Our biggest and best Pepper Festival is in less than 5 weeks and tickets are cheapest now
at just $25 until Friday, September 13th! Tickets include endless array of food and entertainment, interactive exhibitions and kids' activities.

We want to welcome Laurel Shulman to our mix...she will be organizing our amazing DIY Workshop Series.  So excited to have her join our team!!! 

We also have Pecha Kucha on Monday, September 9th, and it will be a great night with specially prepared drinks, stories about spirits, baseball, credibility and more. Doors open 6 PM so you can order dinner and drinks and grab a seat. Presentations start 6:30 PM. $5 at the door.

coyotes and paw paws,

Tami, Jenny, Mary, Beth & Laurel 
The Abundance Foundation 
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  Join us Monday, September 9th 
for our 15th Pecha Kucha Night!

Colbey Reid: Is Your Cocktail a Cosmopolitan Fetish?: Surrealism, Anthropology, and the Case of the "Aphrodisiac Dinner Jacket"

*Special "Fallen Angel" drinks using
 TOPO vodka prepared for the evening!*

We are beginning the evening with song from
Sheila Fleming!

Other Presenters:

Geoffrey Neal:  fedback, looped, signed: somethings suggested by a long experiment, anonymous texts from decades past, words catching up with words and images at the bottom, some hint of ecstasy, signs about signs, cracks in the matrix, no answers

Tami Schwerin:  The Facebook:  stress, envy, addiction, revolution, promotion, community

Doug Lorie:  Disgruntled Teacher Storms into Refrigerator and Eats Food!

Lyle Estill:  Credit and Creditability

Dan Shields:  A Roll in the Hay

Bridget Perry:  Fields of Fantasy

6th Annual Amazing 
Pittsboro Pepper Festival
A celebration of sustainable agriculture,
farmers, renewable energy,
       and the creativity of the Piedmont's
Chefs, Brewers and Artisans!

Only $25 until September 13th!


October 6th, 3-7 PM
Boulder Park in Briar Chapel, Chatham County, NC
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Groundworkk/Following the Field

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David Weekley Homes
Open NMS
McKim & Creed
Bradshaw & Robinson, LLP
CE Group
Central Carolina Community College
Larry's Beans
Lynn Hayes Properties
Shakori Hills
Southern Energy Management 
Weaver Street Realty
Whole Foods Market
The Abundance Foundation 
220 Lorax Lane #5 Pittsboro, NC 27312
Call us: 919-533-5181
Email us:

The Abundance Foundation is a group of activists working to educate and empower the Piedmont with sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, and local economy through hands-on workshops, community building events and by actively engaging youth.  

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Tamela Schwerin
The Abundance Foundation
 Our Monthly Sustainer Campaign
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Celebrating and educating about local food, renewable energy and community resilience. 
Support our work by signing up to be a monthly sustainer!
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Wild Edible Wonders
with Kim Calhoun!
Tuesday, September 10th, 6-8pm
@ The Plant/ 220 Lorax Lane, Pittsboro
To Register:  click here

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Seed Saving and Advanced Plant Breeding 
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with Doug Jones of Piedmont Biofarm 
Sunday, September 22nd, 9am-3pm
@ The Plant/220 Lorax Lane, Pittsboro
To Register: click here 


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Wild Fermentation 
with Liane Salgado 
Saturday, September 28th, 10am-2pm kimchi
@ The Plant/220 Lorax Lane, Pittsboro
Fermentation provides live friendly probiotic bacteria into our diets, which hundreds of scientific studies demonstrate to be beneficial to human health.
Taste and learn the process for Sauerkraut, Kimchee, Yogurt, Kefir and Sour doughs like Injera. Space limited to 15 students.

More this workshops coming this fall, Backyard Chickens, Aquaponics and more!

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Help support PMEI!
new video and fall fundraising campaign:
Pickards Mountain Eco Institute
Pickards Mountain Eco Institute
Sep 7:   Free screening of the Greenhorns:
click here.

Sep 21:  Tempeh Making Workshop: click here:

Sep 28: Forage & Feast:  click here.

Save the DATE!  October 24, TOPO and Acme Dinner @ PMEI. More info to come!

Find out about all the 
workshops, events, and more here
Local Books @ Abundance!
Small Stories, Big Changes
Agents of Change on the Frontlines of Sustainability


Local Meet the Authors Event @
The Regulator, Durham NC
Tuesday, September 10th, 7.00pm

For Carol Hewitt/Slow Money/Financing our Foodshed events:


Speaker Series
presented by
Central Carolina Community College 
Abundance Foundation  
(held at the Pittsboro CCCC Library) 
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September 26th, 7pm 
John Graybeal, fresh from the Al Gore Climate Reality Conference, will present "Global Warming:  History, Causes, Effects and the Future."  His presentation will use several sources, including a Powerpoint from the Conference that describes the non-human, natural forces that have produced climate change in the past, the human forces that are causing global warming now, the actual and anticipated effects of current global warming and the conclusion that human-caused global warming can be and must be stopped."

October 24th, 7pm
Donald AdduFounder/President of the Triangle Chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby, presents "A Carbon Tax: Economics, Energy and the Environment." Donald's presentation will discuss the impacts of climate change and how a revenue neutral price on carbon will help generate economic opportunity for rural North Carolina. What are the environmental, agricultural and health impacts of climate change along with how a price on carbon will benefit North Carolinian's.

November 21st, 7pm
Lyle Estill and Authors of Small Stories, Big Changes, Agents on the Frontlines of Sustainability.  Salon Discussion with authors and attendees.  



Pepper Fest 
Volunteers needed!
Sunday, October 6th

We need more help with: 
Zero Waste Management 
(2 shifts: early from 2-5 PM, 
or late from 4:45-8PM)
Vendor Hospitality
(2 shifts: early from 1-4:30 PM, 
or late from 4-7:30PM)
Clean Up
from 4:45-8 PM

*As thanks for volunteering, you'll get free admission + endless supply of food and entertainment + free Pepper Fest pint glass + a big ole sack of good karma. 

Fill out this form below, 
Want to help out at Pepper Festival?

Get your ad in our 
Pepper Festival Guide!
16-pages in full color
Given to every attendee of this year's Pepper Festival

For more information, email Beth Tacular

Deadline for ad submission is September 20th, 2013.
Community Run! 
Galloway Ridge 5k
Saturday, September 28th, 2013 at 9 AM
Galloway Ridge invites you to participate in the Galloway Ridge 5k walk/run benefiting Alzheimer's North Carolina, Inc. on 

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To register individually or create your teams please visit: 


$25 for registration til August 28th, afterwards $30

 Pat Richardson, Director of Community Relations, 642-6893, 


Coming Up!

Save the Date for
Climate Change Adaptation Conference 2nd Annual
February 7, 2014.  More info to come.

Children's Sustainability Education....
Tami is heading to Memphis
to work with "Cafeteria Man" to transform a school system's food from mediocre to amazing and with a profit.  More info to come!