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WHAT WE DO

At Abundance NC, we bring people together to exchange ideas and build strong communities resilient in the face of challenge.  We are a hub of sustainability and local economy in North Carolina, sourcing out abundant local and sustainable resources, helping people tap into those resources, and supporting the people making those resources available.

Everything we do revolves around bringing people together to build stronger, more sustainable and interconnected community in North Carolina. We believe we have everything we need, right here at home, to eat well, live amazing lives, and take care of the land on which we live.

How do we accomplish this mission?  We started out small and able to take on any interesting project at a moment’s notice — and we like to stay fleet of foot as we grow. We don’t have much red tape to wade through, so when we come across an inspiring idea, we go for it. That’s meant getting our hands dirty quite often, successfully initiating dozens of projects and throwing numerous memorable events – several of them now annual or seasonal affairs.

So what exactly do we do?:

COMMUNITY EVENTS – Each year we throw our annual Pepper Festival, a huge celebration of local chefs and farmers. We also annually host a THINK AGAIN conference to engage our imaginations on building a kinder world, and a Death Faire. We’ve held bimonthly Pecha Kucha idea-sharing nights for several years, as well as numerous one-off events that have arisen spontaneously, like movie nights with traveling documentary filmmakers, and a Collective Biodiesel Conference.

Workshop participants learning to grow their own mushrooms.

BLOG – the Stories section of our website is where we tell you about all the amazingly creative, inspiring, and visionary people we meet and work with in our community. We interview local farm-to-table chefs, inventors, entrepreneurs, and innovators who visit and live here. We tour eco-friendly businesses and farms, showing you pictures of their beautiful spaces. We post essays on topics of sustainability and local economy. These days we all spend so much time on the internet, but we hope these stories will encourage you to get off your device and go visit a local business and meet your neighbors.

FISCAL SPONSORSHIP – For many people with great ideas for start-up not-for-profit organizations, the task and expense of starting up a legal non-profit organization is too daunting, and so their ideas never get off the ground. That’s where Abundance comes in, providing legal non-profit status and guidance to fledgling organizations, so they can test out their ideas without jumping first through too many hoops. We’ve sponsored the Deep River Clean Water Society, Pickards Mountain Eco-Institute, Raleigh City Farm, Sixth Sun, Slow Money NC, Solarize ShakoriYardsprout and others.

COMMUNITY COLLABORATIONS – We love to collaborate with other nonprofits, businesses and other individuals who have exciting projects and ideas we want to be a part of. Have a great idea? Contact us and share it!

We are always developing new projects as needs arise, creating sustainable community-scale solutions to local and global challenges. Keep up to date on what we’re doing by signing up for our email newsletter. It goes out every other week and is full of interesting stories and upcoming opportunities you won’t want to miss!

An event at The Plant, our home in Pittsboro.

At Abundance we bring people together to cultivate and celebrate community resilience in the Piedmont of North Carolina. Learn more about us and what we do.

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Slow Money NC, an Abundance partner organization, helps people invest in their local foodsheds. Learn more.

“…We have barely disembarked into life…we’ve only just now been born, let’s not fill our mouths with so many uncertain names, with so many sad labels, with so many pompous letters, with so much yours and mine, with so much signing of papers. I intend to confuse things, to unite them, make them new-born intermingle them, undress them, until the light of the world has the unity of the ocean, a generous wholeness, a fragrance alive and crackling.”
― Pablo Neruda

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