November 20, 2013
Issue No. 87

O Abundant Ones,

We were thrilled to participate in the 28th Annual Carolina Farm Stewardship Association Conference this past weekend. We had a blast learning, networking, and THAT FOOD! Thanks to all who stopped by our booth to say "hey!"

We're also thrilled to be included in the first ever INDY Week Give Guide this fall. If you want to help us improve school lunches to Chatham County and help make the 2nd annual Climate Change Adaptation Conference for Farmers a reality, then go ahead and 
Thanks to our generous friends at Larry's Beans, you'll get a bag of fair trade, organic coffee if you donate $35!

With folks out of town and exhausted from extended family gatherings next weekend, we've pushed our next Pecha Kucha Night back to Monday, January 6th. Have you always wanted to bring greater awareness to some idea or share an awesome story? Check out the presenter guidelines and send topics and a relevant picture to!

crunchy leaves and peanut brittle,


Tami, Jenny, Beth, Laurel & Charlotte
The Abundance Foundation 

As part of our Sustainability Speaker Series, CCCC and Abundance

"Small Stories, Big Changes; Agents of Change on the Frontlines of Sustainability"
 Featuring Lyle Estill, Anne Tazewell, Elaine Chiosso, and Gary Phillips

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WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 21; 6:30 PM
WHERE: Chatham Campus | Central Carolina Community College
 in Mary Hayes Holmes Room in library 
(197 N. Carolina Hwy 87, Pittsboro NC 27312) 

A remarkable cast of characters inhabit the pages of this Small Stories, Big Changes. Meet Gary Phillips, who held the line against real estate developers in Chatham County and was run out of office for his efforts. Elaine Chiosso has been protecting her watershed by fighting on behalf of the Haw River for 28 years. Join Lyle Estill and local authors to discuss their experiences in being an agent of change.

Contribute to the Abundance Foundation
 until December 31st through the
INDY Give! Guide
If you give $20-$249, you get:
  • Chocolate bar - Videri Chocolate Factory
  • Small cup of coffee - Bean Traders
  • Taco - Bandido's
  • Slice of pizza (up to 4 toppings) - Lilly's Pizza
  • Biscuit - Flying Biscuit


The mission is to motivate giving from all people and from all corners, but especially from locals ages 18-35. To help achieve this, the Triangle Community Foundation has stepped up with $5000 for friendly competitions. The organization in each category raising the most from donors 35 years or younger will receive an additional $1000. 
Donate $35+ and you'll get a 
FREE bag of Larry's Beans Coffee too! 
(Choose between Holiday Blend or Decaf Twilight Blend) 
Thank you for partnering with us, Larry's Beans!

Cafeteria Man is coming to town... 

As part of our ongoing work to bring more fresh, locally-grown food into our local school cafeteria lunches, we are thrilled to announce that this January, we're bringing the nationally known Tony Geraci, aka Cafeteria Man, to speak to local officials, cafeteria workers and organizers.


Geraci made a name for himself when he revolutionized the way Baltimore City Schools think about feeding their young people.  He's gonna help us do the same!


Stay tuned for details (by signing up for our e-newsletter), but here's a link to learn more about him and the documentary made about him.


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


The Abundance Foundation brings people together to meet their neighbors, share ideas, learn new skills, and inspire and support one another in our shared efforts at building vibrant local economies and resilient communities.


Through our varied projects, coalitions and gatherings, we raise awareness about the value of a sustainable local economy, we celebrate the abundance of good food, renewable energy and other resources here in North Carolina, and we empower people to take action to create their ideal community. 


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222 new folks came together to 

learn about 15 new skills.

They stretched (& ate immediately!)

 14 balls of mozzarella

held 42 chickens

made 7 jars of kimchi

82 folks in that crew of 222 started the conversation to grow tilapia in their backyards!


All in all, 2013 was a gigantic success!! 


The Abundance Foundation is thrilled to thank all our participants, sponsors and instructors for such a engaging year of hands-on learning. 


Keep an eye out for our 2014 Workshops

Intermediate Beer Brewing
and more!

Thinking about giving a workshop as a holiday gift?

Let us know (email and we'll mail you a cute gift card once you purchased registration for the workshop.

Interested in teaching a workshop or have other workshop ideas? Contact us!

Pecha Kucha Night!
 Monday, January 6th
6 PM | $5 at door

A night of thinking and drinking, 
of idea sharing and story-telling

Climate Adaptation Conference for Farmers & Ag Researchers
Feb 7, 2014

Planning meetings are occurring regularly through January...

If you are passionate about our earth, our people, our health, and the issues around climate change adaptation from agricultural aspects, please let us know if you'd like to us:

More information on the first conference that took place last February in this Summary (PDF). Short 4 minute Youtube collage from last year....we are planning for Feb. 7, 2014!!

Farming Strategies Collage
Farming Strategies Collage
 Entry deadline is June 1, 2014 and concludes with an award ceremony August 2014 


WIN $500 award for best design

Additional $100 honorable mention awards*

More info:  
Get details and submit application here.  
*Winners be recognized in regional media and will have their winning design built at Living Well Earth Stewards in Randolph County, NC, an intentional living community in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina.
Contest presented by:
 Small House Institute, Central Carolina Community College, Habitat for Humanity, and the Abundance Foundation. 
Each partner organization is committed to affordable housing designed to be energy efficient, aesthetically pleasing, and to fit small house model sized under 500 sq ft.