We're just 11 days away from our biggest fundraiser of the year -- PepperFest! Pepper Delivery volunteers are shuttling Chatham County peppers to chefs and brewers by the box-load, tickets are flying out the "door", and the stage is about to go up at the Great Meadow Park at Briar Chapel -- the site of this year's 7th annual Amazing Pepper Festival!

Your pepper chariot awaits...
Since ticket prices to PepperFest increase this Friday, why not go ahead and secure yours here. You may also choose to pre-order your re-usable Abundance NC Kleen Kanteen steel pint to drink beer and water out of at PepperFest, and for years to come! Help us reduce dependence on single-use items! Yippee!

And if you didn't read last week's e-newsletter, we changed our name and have a new website!  Now you can just call us "Abundance North Carolina," or "Abundance NC," for short...  or just "Abundance," if you're feeling friendly.  And
check out our new online homes: PepperFestNC.org  and  AbundanceNC.org!

muddy, soggy, and happy,
Tami, Jenny, Beth and Charlotte

Just 11 Days until PepperFest!

Get your early bird Pepper Festival tickets now
for just $25 each until Friday at midnight!  (Kids under 12 are free!) 

PepperFest is almost here -- Oct. 5th from 3-7pm at Great Meadow Park south of downtown Chapel Hill by 6 miles! The food and drink menus are up to date as our chefs roll up their sleeves and get busy with Chatham County peppers. Big Bubbles, Acrobats, and Crazy Cardboard creations are all preparing to go wild in the Kid ZonePhil Cook and Tender Fruit are rehearsing for their sets on the Pepper Music Stage. 

We'll also have a Lekker Bike Giveaway at the Pepper Lounge and Burts' Bees Giveaway at the Abundance NC Picnic Shelter & Learning Tent. More PepperFest surprises next week!

Don't miss this great deal for endless pepper dishes, awesome live music, mini DIY workshops,
kids' activities, and more. Check out all the participating chefs + brewers + distillers, and find out about the mini-workshops and other activities at our new PepperFest website!

Never been to Pepperfest?  Not sure what it's all about?  Learn all about it here!

Featured Story:
Reduce Single-Use: REUSE! -- at PepperFest

Klean Kanteen and Abundance NC have partnered up to help bring PepperFest closer to zero waste & less dependent on single-use items. 
New at this year's PepperFest, you'll have the option to buy a reusable Klean Kanteen Steel Pint cup to drink your beer and water out of throughout PepperFest, and for years to come! 

If you buy one, you'll also help make PepperFest a more successful fundraiser for Abundance NC.

Help us eliminate single-use items -- REUSE! 

Read more!

Work/trade gets you in free to PepperFest!
We have only 6 work/trade opportunities remaining at PepperFest that will earn you free admission. APPLY BY TODAY at 5pm!
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Tobago Sponsors (up to $500):

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Pimiento Sponsors (up to $250):

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With the help of our great sponsors, PepperFest is able to keep coming back each year....


to celebrate the Piedmont's farmers and sustainable agriculture, and the creativity of chefs, brewers, and distillers with Chatham County peppers!



Learn more information about our PepperFest Sponsors.

Upcoming DIY Workshops:

grow your own fish!

OCT. 18, 10 AM-3 PM

Aquaponics is gaining considerable attention lately as a serious sustainable farming practice... Mike and Rachel will show you how to build your own backyard system. Just add plants, fish and water...


Instructors: Mike Yablonski, PhD & Rachel Tinker-Kulberg, PhD



 Learn more + register!

cocktail alchemy

OCT. 19, 4-6 PM

This session will enact a comparative religious history of the alchemical traditions implicit in the distilling of spirits and mixing of cocktails. The very word "cocktail" originated in 1803...


Instructors: Colbey Reid & Gary Phillips


why and how?

OCT. 25, 10 AM-3 PM

Rabbit meat is healthy, lean, and very low impact. With the manure you can fertilize your garden and with the fur you can make warm stuff! 


Instructors: Mary & Dan of Fatty Owl Farm 


$40 half-day
$80 full-day

  Learn more + register!
Featured Workshop:
Raising Rabbits for Meat  
with Mary & Dan of Fatty Owl Farm
Oct. 25, 10am-3pm
The Basic Rabbitry workshop is designed for homesteaders or just anyone who wants to rely less on commercially produced meat. Two does and a buck can provide enough meat for a family of 4-6. Rabbit meat is healthy, lean and very low impact. With the manure you can fertilize your garden and with the fur you can make warm stuff!

During the Basic Rabbitry workshop, attendees will learn the "how" and "why" of raising rabbits for meat. How to choose breeding stock, feeding, and how to safely handle the animals. There will also be an extensive Q&A session to cover many other aspects of raising a healthy herd.

The processing portion of the workshop in the afternoon will cover how to safely and humanely dispatch, process and dress the rabbit. Each participant will instructed on how to properly process a rabbit and participate in the processing, if they wish. (Participants may just observe if they are not comfortable with processing, but the cost remains the same).
Why the new look?
New logo, new website, new name... it's been a journey.

People also often ask us, "So... I've seen your name around a lot, but what exactly is it that you all do?"  We decided we need to do a better job of explaining to everyone what we are all about.

So in the spirit of clarity, we decided we needed to do a better job of explaining to everyone what we are all about.  And in figuring out how to explain how all the diverse things we do relate to each other, we realized it was time for a new name, a new mission and vision, and a new website that was easier to navigate and glean useful information from.  

We sincerely hope that this re-visioning process will in the end make us better at doing what we came here to do... 

Read the story of our journey, or...


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