'Climate Adaptation Conference for Farmers' Planning is Underway!

We have received a matching grant from the Fund 4 Democratic Communities for our upcoming 3rd Annual Climate Change Adaptation Conference on February 5-6 in Pittsboro. To realize this grant we need 50 people to match with a 100.00 dollar donation (or less). 
Any chance you can help out? Mail your tax deductible donation to Abundance NC, 220 Lorax Lane #5, Pittsboro NC 27312, or Donate online here.

We're also thrilled to take part in the INDY Give!Guide for the 2nd year in a row.
Give to Abundance NC and make a greater impact in your community in 2015.

Your tax-deductible INDY Give! donation to Abundance NC will:
  • help us make a deeper impact on more kids about sustainable food and renewable energy next year by bringing more schools in need on field trips to the Eco-Inductrial Campus in Pittsboro.
  • go toward facilitating skill-sharing throughout the Triangle with our expanded DIY Workshops series in more urban and rural areas.
  • bring better speakers and educators to our 3rd Annual Climate Adaptation Conference for Farmers in February 2015.
  • With your gift, we'll be able to spend more time planning educational, impactful programming to strengthen our community and less time scrambling for funds to run them.
Give where you live. Make a difference. Get prizes automatically. Through December 31st.

hot toddies and baked sweet potatoes,
Tami, Jenny, Beth and Charlotte
Abundance NC
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and GIVE to Abundance NC on one of these Big Give! Days for a chance to  win even MORE amazing prizes and experiences from INDY WEEK!
Pecha Kucha:     Sex * Money * Power * Life * Drama * Giraffe
November 25th, 6-8:30PM at Pittsboro Roadhouse
Pecha Kucha is a quarterly storytelling event that brings people together to present and discuss new ideas around sustainability topics. Each season, several people from the community give presentations that challenge people to think differently about conservation, the environment, climate change and each other.

Presenters each have 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide to discuss. Slides are automatically timed to be exactly 20 seconds with the total time for each presenter is 6 minutes and 40 seconds. This keeps the pace fun & exciting.

$5 suggested donation.

doors open @ 6.00
presentations begin @ 6.30
Pittsboro Roadhouse & General Store
(just off the courthouse circle, on HWY 64W)

Mobilizing for Marriage Equality
Jessalyn Kiesa is a high powered advertising executive from the big city. One of her accounts is "Freedom to Marry," which is focused on making same sex marriage legal in America. The way things are going, she appears to be on the right side of history. This is Jessalyn's first appearance at Pittsboro Pecha Kucha.

Chatham County Revealed: Dark Tales from the Underbelly
Gary Phillips is the former chair of Chatham County Commissioners, and is famous for his activism, poetry, and his heartfelt involvement in everything from the environment to immigrant issues to women's issues and beyond. Gary is a regular Pecha Kucha performer, who is widely credited with bringing this event to our community.

Money, Old & New
Carol Hewitt is our local expert in community finance. Whether it is Slow Money, Community Sourced Capital, crowd funding, equity investment, peer-to-peer loans or anything else related to money, Carol is the expert. She's the one to talk to, or listen to depending on your relationship to money.

Elderberry Co-Housing
Pam Schwingl is a founding member of Elderberry Community, a co-housing group that is seeking to construct a different way for humans to live together. 
This is her Pittsboro Pecha Kucha debut.

Becoming a Man
Arlo Estill is 16 years old. Som e would say that what he knows about becoming a man can be put in a thimble. Others would say that he is making a daring Pittsboro Pecha Kucha debut.

Pecha Kucha Improv
Ellen Bland is Pittsboro's first woman of theater. She writes plays. She stages plays. She directs plays. And she has been a long time fan of Pecha Kucha, which she has integrated into her public speaking classes. We don't know what PK improv means, exactly, but we know that when Ellen is involved, it will be worth the price of admission.
Happy Hour at HoneyGirl Meadery with Bee Downtown
Thursday, November 20th, 5:00-7:30 PM - free & open to public

There will be a mead tasting, food, meadery tour, crafts, beekeepers, and raffle prizes!  The event is open to all ages, so don't hesitate to bring the whole hive! 

RSVP HERE(via EventBrite)

HoneyGirl Meadery
105 Hood street, unit # 6
Durham, NC 27701

Featured Story:

They envisioned a storefront where they could both sell amazing pastries, lunch sandwiches and entrees, and run a full service butchery, to process the abundant local sustainable meats being raised in our area. 

Featured Workshop:
Drink n' Think: Prohibition & Repeal Day Party  
with Gary Philips & Colbey Reid
Dec. 7th, 4-7 PM | $25 
The most extraordinary feature of the history of American cocktail consumption is its prohibition. No other western civilization has turned to law to substantiate moral prejudice against alcohol consumption. 

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.

Suggested Dress: Speakeasy style!

Hot Potato: Sustainable Ag, Drag & Bingo
Fullsteam Brewery * Dec 13, 2014 * Bingo at 7pm Drag performances throughout by House of Coxx

A celebration of sustainable agriculture organizations with a night of farm-themed drag bingo.

100% of proceeds will be split evenly among the INDY Give!Guide Campaigns for these three sustainable-ag based non-profits: Abundance NCBenevolence Farm
and SEEDS!

$10 for 1 bingo card; 3 cards for $20
Buy in advance (via Eventbrite)
or at the door

Doors open at 6 PM for food trucks/drinks
Bingo starts at 7 PM

An INDY Give!Guide fundraiser presented by Abundance NC, Benevolence Farm, and SEEDS.

INDY Give! Guide is a large promotional campaign that helps fund and promote a select group of local nonprofits by encouraging year-end giving from the 18-35 year olds in the Triangle. Go to give.indyweek.com for more info!


by Dee Reid

For most foodies the Triangle is a locavore paradise. But more than 16 percent of our regional neighbors (276,000 adults and children) are considered "food insecure." 

by Emma Bolton

Community gardens allow communities that may be facing severe hardships to take control of their local environment and diet - perhaps the two most important areas in helping to improve quality of life.

by Lyle Estill

2014 is not a good year to be in the biodiesel business. Production credits lapsed and petroleum interests are winning on Capitol Hill. The Renewable Fuel Standard, which fuels the RINS market, is under assault; it's not a pretty time to be a commercial producer.

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