May 8th, 2014
Issue No. 98
Dear Abundant Ones,

Pickards Mountain Eco-Institute is one of our partners, and works to improve the human-earth relationship by offering community potlucks, summer camps, student fields trips, internships, and workshops. Check out the numerous upcoming workshops and summer camps taking place in Chapel Hill. 

Abundance has 4 more workshops coming up as part of our Spring 2014 DIY Workshop Series.
  1. Terrarium Building this Saturday!!
  2. Summer Fermentations for Cookout Season next Saturday - May 17th!
  3. Pickling Workshop - June 7th!
  4. Garden Wines Workshop - June 22nd!
Have a gander and see what looks good to you!

fire flies and hummingbird moths,


Jenny, Tami, Megan, Beth & Charlotte
The Abundance Foundation 
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June 16-20:  (Ages 6-12) Music in the Forest    

June 23-27: (Ages 6-12) Children of the Forest 

June 30-July 4:  (Ages 6-12) Music in the Forest  


July 7-11: (Ages 6-12) Children of the Forest    

July 21-25: (Ages 6-12) Children of the Forest  

July 28-August 1: (Ages 6-12) Children of the Forest  

August 4-8: (Ages 12-18) Music in the Forest  

August 11 -15: (Ages 8-14) Outdoor Theater   

Cost: $200/week



artwork by Beth Niquette



Pickard's Mountain 
Potluck Schedule

Community Potlucks are open to all who are interested in sustainable living. We always have a nice mix of residents, family, neighbors, and friends!
Local, nutritious foods are preferred

... bring enough to share!

April 15th 5:30pm - Earth Day Potluck
May 14th 5:30pm - Return of the Barn Swallows Potluck
June 21st 5:30pm - Summer Solstice  Potluck
August 16th at 5:30pm - Community Resilience Potluck
September 22nd at 5:30pm - Autumnal Equinox Potluck
October 8th at 5:30pm - Lunar Eclipse Potluck

In the case of rain, potlucks will be held in the 

Eco-Institute's Community Teaching Kitchen.


Terrarium Building 101
from 1-4pm at Fifth Season Gardening Co! 
106 S. Greensboro St., Carrboro, NC


Having trouble with your green thumb? Terrariums may be the perfect step into the plant world for those who are looking for an in. 


These "little worlds" can be made easily and with the right combination of elements and functions, require very little maintenance. Join Jason Ellis, resident terrarium expert of Fifth Season Gardening Company, and learn how to master these tiny masterpieces. 


Starting with a history of terrariums to give a cultural context, Jason will walk participants through the function of each layer and guide everyone through the building the terrarium of their choice (either a succulent terrarium or a moisture loving terrarium), which they will take home! All participants will also receive Jason's signature terrarium building tool, which he invented to make the process easier when hands are just too big. 


Jason Ellis started making terrariums in middle school with a propagated Jade plant in a small bottle.  He has been fascinated by the combination of plants and glass ever since.  Jason spent several years making and selling terrariums on consignment, at fairs, and wholesale.  However, these days at Fifth Season, he prefers to help others make their own creations and hopes his passion inspires others.

Outside of Fifth Season, Jason maintains several decorative table-top hydroponic containers, a planted aquarium, and a couple small terrariums.  He has also been designing a large vivarium, a decorative plant cabinet, and a couple window bottle gardens..  He truly enjoys planning and building plant containers of all sorts.



The Abundance Foundation
making sustainable attainable. 

220 Lorax Lane #5 Pittsboro, NC 27312
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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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The Honeysuckle Tea House is OPEN! 
Located at 8871 Pickards Meadow Road in Chapel Hill, the Tea House is an apothecary cafe that sells farm-grown herbs, teas, kombucha, soups, and smoothies for community health. 
Come support this farm center for alternative health care that was financed through Slow Money NC and Kickstarter. 
Tell them "Abundance" sent you 
and your first cup of tea is free!

Sunday, May 11th is the Grand Opening!
Take your Mother, Sister, Friend, Daughter for a visit, have some tea, enjoy the farm!  All Moms receive a free elderberry plant!


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Just added! 
Summer Pickling Workshop
with Rachel Hoff
June 7th, 1-4 PM 
at the Plant in Pittsboro
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


Mark Your Calendar!



at the Plant in Pittsboro 

(220 Lorax Ln)


Hosted by: 

The Abundance Foundation

 Fair Game Beverage Company

Piedmont Biofarm 

and Piedmont Biofuels


Parlez-Vous Crpe will be there to meet your hunger needs and there will be plenty of libations available cash bar!


Beer provided by: 



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 to Abundance Foundation today!

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. 
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