Ever wanted to see in person, an off-grid tiny house inhabited by a local salvaged jewelry artist, a biofuels factory that makes biodiesel, a micro-distillery crafting rum from local sorghum, fish being raised for food in an indoor closed aquaponics system, amazing and extensive organic gardens, a giant chess set, bee hives, crops being raised under a field of giant solar panels, and more? Well, head on over to our home at The Plant, an Eco-Industrial Park in Pittsboro, North Carolina, for a Sustainability Tour.
We hold weekly tours and also schedule special group tours that educate and open the minds of thousands of children and adults, on renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, pollinator habitat, medicinal and culinary herbs, conservation, edible landscapes, composting, water conservation, hydroponics, aquaponics, vermiculture digestion, and green building.
Read more about the tours below. Can’t make it out to The Plant? Take a virtual tour here!
weekly eco-industrial tours
Every First Friday of the month @ 10:00 a.m., The Abundance Foundation and Piedmont Biofuels give free tours of “The Plant”; home to Piedmont Biofuels Industrial, Eastern Carolina Organics, Piedmont Biofarm, Screech Owl Greenhouses, Green Door Design Build, EcoBlend, organic pesticides and herbicides, a Biodiversity Pollinator Garden project, Vermiculture; Carolina Worm Castings, Honey Bees, and The Abundance Foundation’s new off grid “office of the future.” Guests can see both sustainability and community in action as we mix industrial renewable fuel with big chess, bright colors and a very symbiotic campus!
Every single Sunday @ 1.00 p.m., we also give tours. Bring your family, bring your friends! Directions to 220 Lorax Lane, Pittsboro are here. Check out the virtual tour here to get a taste for some of what you might see on your visit.
Scheduled group tours
If your group of adults or mixed-age people would like to schedule a special tour of any part or all of our Eco-Industrial Park, we’d love to have you. Please get in touch with us to work out costs* and timing. Bring your office, your reading group, your meetup group, whoever wants to learn about cool ways to live more sustainably and see those ideas in action.
We also recently added a craft microdistillery and fortified winery to the mix out here that you won’t want to miss. Cap off your tour with a cocktail in the tasting room! (for adults only)
*We do have a sliding scale fee to accommodate groups with low ability to pay but an interest in learning about sustainability.
youth sustainability tours
On our Youth Sustainability Tours, Piedmont Biofuels teaches the kids about biodiesel, solar energy, conservation, aquaponics, and local economy. The second half of the tour is with Farmer Doug Jones, who leads the students up and down the bountiful rows of his farm to explore the incredible biodiversity needed to sustainably grow and harvest food for the community. Kids and chaperones gain a greater sense of where our food and energy comes from and why renewable energy and sustainable agriculture are integral to a balanced and healthy future in Chatham County.
Sign your group of kids up for a tour now, or read more below about the tours.
Our Youth Sustainability Tours cover the latest topics on renewable energy and local food including:
- Green Building – Strawbale construction, passive solar design, The Abundance Foundation’s “Office of the Future”, photovoltaics & solar thermal applications in action
- Biofuels – learn how biodiesel is made from french fry grease!
- Aquaponics – learn about how tilapia (an herbivorous white fish) can be raised with duckweed (a plant that grows in the water)
- Sustainable Agriculture – Solar double cropping, hydroponic vegetable production, constructed wetlands where water is cleaned before returning to the environment & biodiversity plantings
- Healing and Medicinal Herbs– Learn what to do when you get a bee sting or have a stomach ache!Go home with tons of new and exiting knowledge and a special Eco-Industrial Plant Puzzle to remember your experience on Lorax Lane!
The Youth Sustainability Tours target K-12 students, camps and families of all kinds. Tours typically last 1-2 hours depending on grade level, and content can be tailored by tour guides and instructors to suit the grade level as well as the focus of the classroom curriculum.
Each visitor to the Plant is guaranteed to leave thinking differently about renewable energy, local food, and inspired community. That’s our mission. It’s what we do. And we feel we might as well bring the kids along for the ride.