September 3rd, 2014
Issue No. 106
Dear Abundant Ones, 
My first black and yellow garden spider of the season showed up early this morning. She quickly unpacked her zipper'd web and was finished before noon. "Hello September!" she says.

We have several little surprises for you next week. They're big, exciting changes for us, though. Don't worry, we won't spoil the surprise -- you'll have to wait 7 more days....

This weekend we kick off our Fall DIY Sustainability Workshop series with three workshops! 
  • THIS Saturday: The History, Healthfulness and Production of Kombucha at the Plant in Pittsboro from 9am-noon
  • THIS Sunday: Soapmaking at Perch Studios in Carrboro from 1-4:30 AND the first in our three-part Drink 'n Think Series: Global-Local Mixology! 4-6pm at the Plant.
 Check out the full schedule to the right --->

We have over 100 work/trade opportunities at PepperFest that will earn you free admission. Apply here by Sept 12th!

We have the full list of chefs, brewers, distillers, and food artisans for this year's 7th Annual Amazing Pepper Festival! Scroll down and check them out!

sweet potato greens and okra,


Tami, Jenny, Beth & Charlotte
Abundance NC
Making sustainable attainable.

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7th Annual Amazing 
Pepper Festival

Sunday, October 5th from 3-7pm

Music: Phil Cook (Megafaun, Gayngs, The Guitarheels) 
Tender Fruit

518 West
Angelina's Kitchen
Natural Chef Program - CCCC
City Tap Bar
Cottage Lane Kitchen
Fearrington Granary
Fiction Kitchen
Galloway Ridge
Green Planet Catering
La Residence
Lilly Den Farm
Little Hen
Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen
NC Handmade
P.G. Werth's
Small Potatoes Mobile Kitchen
Top of the Hill Restaurant
Tribeca Tavern
Vimala's Curryblossom Café

Brewers, Distillers, & More:
Carolina Brewery
Crude Bitters & Soda
Fair Game Beverage Company
Larry's Coffee
Regulator Brewing Company
Steel String Brewery
TOPO Distillery
Yesteryears Brewery

Only $25 until September 26th

We thank our PepperFest Sponsors!

Abundance Pepper Level:
Briar Chapel

Jalepeño Level:
Yesteryears Brewery

Tobago Level:
Bradshaw & Robinson, LLP 
CE Group
David Weekley Homes
Fleet Feet - Carrboro
Homes By Dickerson
Lynn Hayes Properties 
Southern Energy Management 
Weaver Street Realty 

Pimiento Level:
Caliber Home Loans
Central Carolina Community College
Coensol Builders, Inc 
C. W. Dunn & Associates, CPAs, PLLC 
Chatham Economic Development Corp 
Chatham Mills Farmers' Market
Country Farm and Home Supply 
Hobbs Architects 
Kimley-Horn & Associates 
Larry's Coffee 
Saussy Burbank
Shakori Hills Grassroots Fest
Skip & MaryAnn Doty 


Very Early Bird Ticket Rate - just $25!

Abundance NC
Cultivating and celebrating resilient community. 

220 Lorax Lane #5 Pittsboro, NC 27312
Call us: 919-533-5181
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Abundance NC 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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Learn more about Keyhole this cool youtube about Deb! It's very amazing and a great way to water your garden less: 
Keyhole gardens|Deb Tolman|Central Texas Gardener 
Keyhole gardens|Deb Tolman|Central Texas Gardener

 Sunday, Dec 7 
Drink 'n Think: 
Prohibition & Repeal Day Party
The Plant - 4-6pm
This workshop explores what Prohibition reveals about the cultural energies and desires brought into greater relief through repression. That is: Prohibition, a historical episode, actualized a philosophical attitude. Tonight we'll endeavor to understand that attitude by examining its origins and antitheses in a thinking and
 drinking party that commemorates the Repeal of the
Volstead Act on December 5, 1933.

We have over 100 work/trade opportunities at Pepper Fest!

Deadline for applications: Sept 12th, 2014

Soapmaking Workshop 
with Shaun Hundley

THIS SUNDAY at Perch Studios from 1-4:30pm

Not all soap is made equal. Most soap today is actually detergents, highly processed and dries your skin out. Cold process soap is the method that has been used for over millennia and leaves in that all-important glycerin!  In this 3-hour class you will learn how cold process soap making works and get hands on experience as you make your own personalized one pound batch of soap that you get to take home to use or share.


Come join us as we learn the basics of batching the soap as well as a few flourishes like marbling, layering and accent lines. You will get to personalize your soap by a selection of colors, scents and which ever flourishes you like as you pour your own one pound batch. Whether you are a weekend warrior, veteran DIYer, homesteader/farmer or just looking for something fun and new to do, then this class is for you. No special equipment will be needed and all materials are provided. Participants will go home with 3 bars of cold pressed soap, equaling around 1 lb. of soap.


Participants will work with the following oils

  • Canola: producers softer soap and stable lather
  • Coconut: producers harder, white soap with a little less lather
  • Palm: producers a harder soap with stable lather and a silky feel
  • Tallow: beef fat with similar properties of palm oil
This is our first workshop in this space as part of our new partnership with Perch Studios at 204 W. Main St., Carrboro, NC.

Carrboro Farmers' Market celebrates pepper season at the first-ever People's Peppers with local food writer Sheri Castle on September 20th


Market shoppers can try fresh, roasted and fried peppers as well as taste and vote on three finalist pepper recipes from the People's Peppers Recipe Contest. Steel String Brewery will be sampling beer, Con Acento will provide live Latin groove pop, and customers can enter a free raffle for a pair of tickets to the Abundance Foundation's Pepper Festival!


Carrboro, NC - The Carrboro Farmers' Market will celebrate the variety and abundance of peppers at its first-ever People's Peppers event on September 20th with sampling, music, and a raffle!


Peppers have a longer season than many other Market vegetables, and come in a huge diversity of shapes, sizes, colors, flavors, and amount of heat! Market farmers have the whole spectrum covered with over 40 kinds of peppers, from super spicy to juicy and sweet with varieties like Habanero, Serrano, Padron, Aji Dulce, Shishito, Carmen, Mary Jemison, Jimmy Nardello, Revolution, Tequila, Gold Rush, Yummy, and more!


Starting at 8:30am, local cookbook author Sheri Castle and Market volunteers will be serving samples of fresh peppers, roasted peppers, and three finalist pepper recipes, selected by Sheri Castle from the People's Peppers recipe contest.  Market shoppers will vote on their favorite recipe to select a winner, and all the pepper recipe submissions for the contest will be immortalized in a People's Peppers mini-cookbook that will be available for sale at the event. Con Acento will keep everyone moving with some acoustic Latin grooves!  All samples will be available while supplies last.


Pepper enthusiasts can celebrate peppers all fall long!  The Abundance Foundation's 7th Annual Amazing Pepper Festival will be held on October 5th from 3pm-7pm, and the People's Peppers at the Market will include a FREE raffle for two pairs of tickets to PepperFest!