March 6th, 2014
Issue No. 94
Dear Abundant Ones,

We are thrilled to have two live online auctions beginning today! It's not everyday we get the chance to do this.

One auction is for a very cool Giant Twist Freedom DX electric assist bike and the other is for a SOLARSHEAT solar thermal home heating system (scroll down to see pictures!). They're both used. They're both in fantastic condition. They both were donated by generous friends hoping to help support the Abundance Foundation. Make a bid (here and here) and spread the word! Thank you!

Check out the amazing line up of DIY workshops beginning this month and running through June. Check them out on the right and register here!

Our 6th Annual Briar Chapel 5k & Kids' Dash is coming up on April 12th, 2014 at Briar Chapel's Boulder Park! See the fun photos from last year! We need your help to make it our best one yet. Register today and bring a friend! More details below!

layers, intersections and cross-sections,


Jenny, Beth, Charlotte & Tami
The Abundance Foundation 
Making sustainable attainable.
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Saturday, April 12th, 2014
Briar Chapel (Between Pittsboro & Chapel Hill off 15-501)
8:30 AM Race Day Reg | 9:30 AM Race
10:30 AM Kids' Dash*
 *no reg needed- it's free!
includes organic TS Designs race t-shirt, goodie bag, chip-timed race, + after party 
Food/Beer Trucks, Live Music, Kids' Activities, Sustainable Living Demos, and Yard Games to follow!
briar chapel lynn


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We'd love to partner with you to help us put on our Briar Chapel 5k, a wonderful community spirit and sustainability event at Boulder Park in Briar Chapel.


100% of proceeds go to The Abundance Foundation.

Through Abundance's varied projects, coalitions and gatherings, 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. Offering workshops, sustainability tours for all ages, farming adaptation conferences, and working diligently to improve school lunch lunches, Abundance is helping make sustainable attainable in Chatham County and beyond.


We've built this race up over many years and it's a great way to connect with Chapel Hill and Pittsboro folks. Last year we had record attendance of over 300 people running to support local food shed, renewable energy education, and community resilience. It's a lot of fun....more below!

Want to volunteer?
Volunteering gets you a free t-shirt, free food, and good karma!
We need help on Friday April 11th, and on
 Saturday April 12th from 7:30 AM - 1 PM. 

Make a Bid on Abundance Foundation's 
Auction Items!

Bid from March 6th - 12th on eBay!

100% of proceeds go to 
the Abundance Foundation

1.) 2008 SOLARSHEAT 1500GS home solar heater (7'x4')

with stand, fan, wall mounted thermostat control, one supplemental thin-film solar electric panel and all the miscellaneous hardware. 


View more info/photos/BID 



2.) 2011 Giant Twist Freedom DX electric assist bike in Anthracite/Red
You've never felt anything like it. What looks like a slick city bike is actually an entirely new way of riding. Giant's Hybrid Cycling Technology uses battery-based energy to seamlessly enhance your pedaling power. It's quiet, it's refined and, unlike old-fashioned electric bikes, it still rides like a bicycle-only easier and faster.

VIEW more info/photos/BID

Help support us by spreading the word!
The Abundance Foundation
making sustainable attainable 

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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We understand that you want your hard earned money to hit the ground and go to work on creating resilient communities and a post-carbon economy, and we think we are a good way to ensure that action happens. 
Have a friend who might want to hear about these workshops, events, etc?
Forward this email to them! 
They can also sign up HERE


Click the images for more info/registration
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SOLD OUT - email us and
we'll let you 
know when the next one gets scheduled!


Click the images above for info!
Interested in teaching a workshop or have other workshop ideas? Contact us!
Give the gift of self sufficiency to a Friend or Neighbor!
DIY Workshops make unique & memorable gifts.

To order: 
or call 919-533-5181
for Farmers, Gardeners, Agriculture Researchers, & Local Food Advocates

Did you attend this year's conference?
to help us improve our ongoing projects in this area, including next year's Farming Adaptation Conference.
Thank you!
Chasing Ice 
free documentary screening
this week!

View & Discuss the film

March 18th | 7-9 PM
 Chatham Community Library
197 Highway 87 NorthPittsboro, NC 27312 
With the extreme winter weather recently brought on by the unusual polar vortex, there is great confusion about climate impacts and global warming. This 90 minute documentary film, "Chasing Ice," portrays the long-term impact on ancient glaciers. This, in turn, contributes to sea level rise and changes in weather patterns. 

Contact Organizer: Michelle Wherley 
Call: 919-545-4121 Email: 


Michelle was in Alaska this

summer and saw firsthand the receding of the glaciers. The views in this film are spectacular and had a great impact on her decision to lobby for this cause. We hope you will join us for this free event. Please help us spread the word by sending this to all of your concerned friends and family.



Small House Design

co sponsored by:
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The community partners include the 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 the small house model sized under 500 sq ft.


The primary goal of the contest is to bring visibility, attention, and research to good design around affordable, energy and resource efficient, aesthetically pleasing small houses and to create an opportunity for amateur or novice designers to feature their home design concepts.


June 1, 2014 - Entry Deadline

August 15, 2014 - Winners Announced