We put on several one-off events each year, like our hemp-themed party to celebrate the release of a new documentary about the multiple uses of hemp. Hemp is a sustainable fiber, food source, and building material that faces unfair political discrimination. The directors were in attendance, hemp foods and clothing were on display, bands entertained us, and fun was had by all.
We’ve hosted a Collective Biodiesel Conference, which started in 2006 to unite grassroots Biodiesel groups and to provide a mechanism for information-sharing between members of the Biodiesel community. The CBC hosts an exceptional variety of speakers, workshops and activities that allow participants to put what they learn into action. Participants range from backyard chemists to well-established Biodiesel co-operatives and community-scale producers.
Past one-off events include: PAST EVENTS:
- Wild Food & Herb Market – The United States’ first ever wild food and herb market opened in Carrboro on March 10th, 2013. The Wild Food + Herb Market took place one Sunday afternoon each month on the Carrboro Commons from March through November 2013.
- Renewable Energy and Local Food Summer Camp – In summer 2013 we expanded on the concept of youth empowerment by teaching children and teens functional skills such as basic carpentry, foraging for wild edibles, gardening, cooking, repair and reuse, mechanics, contributing to local economy, and other activities helpful in instilling personal growth and confidence, and strengthening individuals to serve their community.
- CASE, Chatham Alliance for Sustainable Energy Town Meeting – Abundance provided marketing, facilitation for countywide, multi-cultural “town meeting” on sustainable green building and development.
- Green Building fundraiser – Save Energy and Keep Your Co-op Warm! Chatham Marketplace installed an “Air Curtain” above the front doors to keep the cold air out and the warm air in.
- Pittsboro Co-Housing Forum – In November 2007 a small group of folks met to talk about the possibility of creating a unique community within Pittsboro. Giles Blunden is a NC co-housing expert working on blending farmers with older people for a symbiotic co-housing project.
- Pittsboro Mural Project -A fantastic collaboration between artists, the community, kids, our school system, local businesses and Abundance. This beautiful long lasting mural at the Pittsboro circle was created by muralist Stacye Leanza as well as a group of dedicated citizens: Diane Swan, Suz Robinson and Geo DeSocio and others. This project lead Abundance into Fiscal Sponsorship which is a large part of our mission today.
- Pittsboro Parade – Community building, economic development and upgrading town image; adding entertainment to the holiday parade. Abundance facilitated float building with businesses and non profits, organized the WINGS dancing group and also hired the Paper Hand Puppets to add flair and awareness to the Pittsboro Parade 2007.
- Pepper Tasting Extravaganza – We helped Farmer Doug of Piedmont Biofarm conduct a pepper tasting for research performed in connection with Seeds of Change. Included heirloom seed saving lecture, pepper infused hors oeuvres, jam, soup and bread and we will spin some calypso! Read Doug Jone’s paper on Designing Sweet Peppers: My Work to Elevate Them to Center Stage of Local Foods.
- Pittsboro Farmer’s Market – Raising money and awareness for Chatham’s Farmers’ Markets. Marketing and logistics support. Local farm to fork dinner with 100 attendees that raised money for new logo and local organic cotton bags.
- Whole Foods and The Abundance Foundation team up for a Local Farm Aid Fund – The first round of funding went to Roberson Creek Farms and Piedmont Biofarm to help them after the spring hail damage.
- Triangle Food Commons – On March 29, 2008, Abundance organized one of the first triangle local food discussions at Community Church in Chapel Hill. In cooperation with David Harper land conservationist and Spence Dickinson of Spence’s Farm. Attended by many of the local food thought leaders in the region and working groups formed from this roundtable discussion.
- Ribbon Cutting of Office of the Future – On Feb 4, 2010, we held the grand opening of Abundance NC’s completely off-grid office in an eco-tiny straw bale house, powered and heated by solar!
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