October 16, 2013
Issue No. 85
O Abundant Ones,

We had the biggest and best Pepper Festival ever...we thank all of you for making it happen.  A huge collaboration.  Big Gratitude!  We ate a lot of the most amazing local food all with the pepper theme...these Chefs and Brewers are extremely creative.

Did everyone get Frank Stasio's autograph that wanted it?
We so appreciate WUNC and their role this year....
Thanks to all the Sponsors, Chefs, Non-Profits, Volunteers, Family Members, Farmers, Brewers, Winery, Soda(rie) and thanks attendees for coming out! Oh!  Thank you Pepper Gods for perfect weather!!

We are still tallying up things, but early indicators are the following:
  • Approximately 1300 folks were in attendance (includes everyone!) 
  • 341 pounds of peppers were purchased from the local farmers for a total of $1576.
  • 100 Volunteers helped put on the event.
  • A lot of children really enjoyed themselves
  • 100 gallons of Smith water was drunk...we ran out!  

Special thanks to our photographers and videographers Sonia Katchian, Jonathan Young, and Ash Crowe!


For photos:  Jonathan Young, click here.
Sonia Katchian images click here
For Ash Crowe, click here.

hot cocoa and sunshine,


Tami, Jenny, Mary, Beth & Laurel  
The Abundance Foundation 
The 2013 Pepper King and Queen are
David Larsen and Erin Messler
...they did a fine job of representing
the mighty Pepper.
Thanks to them both for all their help
with Pepper Festival!


Piedmont Biofuel's Fueling Flavor BEST DISH goes to.... 
Green Planet Catering! 

Thanks to the Judges: 
Andy Mc Mahan, Leoneda Inge and Victoria Bouloubasis

For FULL PEPPER GUIDE of Chefs, Non-Profits, Sponsors + More (PDF), click here. 

Amazing Abundance  
Appreciation Award
Chef Colin Bedford, Chef Jay Pierce and Chef Gregory Hamm received for their service to the Chatham County Schools and the Chef Challenge. 
Please support these Chefs @ Fearrington, Lucky 32 and CCCC and Cafe 121. 
Best Pepper Beer and  
Best Beer go to:

Four Saints Brewing won both overall and Best Pepper Beer for their
St. Augustine Jalapeno Ranchero 
Lonerider came in 2nd.
Thanks to all the Brewers...you are all winners in our hearts.  **Thanks Beer Judges!!

Thanks again to all

briar chapel
piedmont bio

David Weekley Homes
Open NMS
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: wow@theabundancefoundation.org

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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DIY Workshops

Wild Mushrooms: Nature's Treats
with Anna McHugh
@ Pickards Mountain
October 19, 10am-noon
Register here


Intro to Aquaponics 
with Rachel Kulberg & Michael Yablonski 
@ The Plant in Pittsboro
October 26, 10 am-2 pm
  Backyard Poultry Intensive 
with Jim Adkins
@ Burlington Coop 
November 2nd, 9 am-3:30 pm

For more info & to REGISTER, click here

Sunday, November 3rd 1-4pm
Held at Carrboro Town Commons 
 301 W Main St, Carrboro, NC
Once-a-Year Fundraising Dinner
Pickards Mountain Eco-Institute
Thursday, October 24, 2013  
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Chapel Hill, NC 
Spirits by Topo, Dinner by ACME
Book your ticket here.

Pickards Mountain dinners are always epic.  Join us to support and celebrate!

More info:  www.nccgp.org
Seeking part-time Bookkeeper

We pay poorly and we expect perfection.  Quickbooks and non-profit experience needed.  If this speaks to you, please send your information to:  wow@theabundancefoundation.org  ATTN: Mary.

John from Angelina's Kitchen roasting peppers....