June 5th, 2014
Issue No. 100!
Dear Abundant Ones,

The past week was marked by two really fun events on warm, late-spring nights. We had a great gathering at the Plant for Sustainable Spirits last Tuesday under drizzly, pensive skies, and last Monday we had a rousing, fun Pecha Kucha, our 17th one! 

Abundance has three Spring 2014 DIY Workshops remaining:
  1. Pickling Workshop - June 7th!
  2. Garden Wines, Meads & Cider Workshop - June 22nd!
This Saturday we'll be at the INDY Best Of event at Durham Central Park from 4-10pm! Come visit us!

tiny frogs and mosquitos,


Tami, Jenny, Beth & Charlotte
The Abundance Foundation 
Making sustainable attainable.
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Summer Pickling Workshop
with Rachel Hoff of "Put it up, Pittsboro!"
THIS Saturday, June 7th, 2014

at The Plant at 220 Lorax Lane, Pittsboro, 



Join multi-talented Rachel Hoff in learning how to can summer abundance to prolong deliciousness and take home a pint of something wonderful! Cucumber season will be in full effect, so we will be making pickles in this class.



Garden Wines,
Meads & Ciders
with Nan Chase and DeNeice Guest
Saturday, June 22nd 
from 11am-3pm at the Plant 
220 Lorax Ln, Pittsboro, NC


Take your garden to a new level of productivity by mastering garden wines. 


This hands-on workshop introduces a range of homegrown wines, meads, and hard ciders that are easy and economical to make using flowers, herbs, fruits, vegetables, vines and edible root crops. 


DeNeice Guest and Nan Chase, co-authors of the new book Drink the Harvest, introduce principles of fermentation and then guide participants through all the techniques used to craft garden wines, including proper harvesting and preparation, equipment and sanitation, managing the "must," racking and bottling, labeling, and troubleshooting.


Workshop is limited to 20 participants above age 21. Pre-registration and payment required. Bring a bag lunch.

Each participant receives a complete winemaking kit for starting garden wines.



DeNeice C. Guest (right) has been making garden wines, meads, syrups, and teas for more than 30 years. A former NASA scientist, she lives in Asheville, N.C., and created many of the 40-plus original beverage recipes in Drink the Harvest.

Nan K. Chase (left) is the author of Eat Your Yard! and also writes for Carolina Gardener, Southern Living and The American Gardener, and blogs for Mother Earth News. She makes wines and ciders. She gardens in Asheville, N.C.



Fair Game Beverage Company is Chatham County's first legal distillery and they are having a grand opening on a warm summer night down at the Plant in Pittsboro.
  (Lorax Lane) 
JUNE 20th
 {6 PM - 9:30PM}
Wear your favorite carnival outfit--it will be like a trip to the fair. We'll be reading Tarot cards, eating fire, (and local pig) and serving up ports and cordials from local ingredients. Human cannonball not yet confirmed. Get ready for some exciting acts, tastings, Crystal Bright and the Silver Hands along with Magnolia Collective for live music.  Mystery and mayhem. Dance cards issued at the gate. Best of all come to a solstice renewal with old friends...

Cash bar for beer and specialty drinks!
Abundance Foundation is the beneficiary for the event!

Please register...limited tickets for this first event!

Summer Pots & Pizza Party
to benefit Slow Money NC
Sunday June 29th, 5-8PM 
at the Hewitt Pottery
424 Johnny Burke Rd, Pittsboro, NC 
a farm-to-table, fun event!

* all you can eat wood-fired pizza, local goat cheese tasting, yummy desserts, auction of "Slow Objects" and and much more!


Buy your $20 ticket TODAY at www.slowmoneync.org, as we may have another sellout event!

The Abundance Foundation
making sustainable attainable. 

220 Lorax Lane #5 Pittsboro, NC 27312
Call us: 919-533-5181
Email us: wow@theabundancefoundation.org

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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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.

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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-Aug 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


The Collective Biodiesel Conference is geared toward active and open collaboration among participants, including home brewers, grease collectors, multi-million gallon producers, and everyone in between. 

This conference is designed to provide sufficient detail for participants to put what they learn, both technical and logistical, directly into action. In addition to open forums and lectures, the conference also features case studies from active Biodiesel co-ops and companies. 

If you are wondering about whether or not attending will be worth your while, we suggest you go ahead and jump...

Fund 4 Democratic Communities has offered a $5000 matching grant to support this year'sCollective Biodiesel Conference. 
The Collective Biodiesel Conference has long been a labor of love. It's all-volunteer board, and grassroots supporters and organizers have cobbled thisconference together year in and year out. This year the CBC has been awarded a generous grant from the Funds4Democratic Communities. In order to claim the grant we need 50 individuals to contribute 100.00 each. 
That's easy to do:
The money raised through this grant will help provide scholarships to the conference, keep conference fees low, and provide a fantastic conference experience for attendees.  If you can chip in, we would appreciate it.  Thanks.

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!  

Become a sustainer or one-time donor
 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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