Learning something new every day

May 17, 2010 at 8:45 pm 2 comments

By Tami Schwerin

Ruby Rocks

My cute, plump, white haired Grandmother Ruby used to say in her Southern accent, “I learn something new every day!”  We used to make fun of her for that. Now I now find myself saying the same thing.

She grew up on a farm and moved to downtown Raleigh, but Granddaddy Julian still drove out to the farm every morning at 4 to plant and harvest.  He’d bring bushel baskets of vegetables and fruits back to her to can, freeze and cook up.  Again, we took  this for granted and just helped her shell the butter beans on the front porch or assist in her skinny kitchen, where only one person could pass at a time.

We’d all sit down in the big dining room and eat the best home-cooked fresh meals with hot biscuits and butter, jellies and sweet tea.

I suppose her spirit lives on in The Abundance Foundation. We are a non-profit located in Pittsboro and serving central North Carolina.  Our mission is: Building our local foodshed, modeling renewable energy and inspiring community.

We do this through a Sustainable DIY (do it yourself) Workshop Series and tours of our Eco-Industrial Park, and we have really fun events. Coming up we have four workshops that I think Ruby would have been proud of:

May 22: Vermiculture with Brian Rosa and Ben of Carolina Worm Castings

May 29:  No Waste Chocolate Mousee and Hollandaise Sauce (cooking) with John Wasson

June 5, 12, 19 & 26: Building an Outdoor Bread and Pizza Oven with Stonemason Joe Kenlan

June 13:  Seed Saving Magic with Farmer of the Year Doug Jones

Seed Saving with Farmer Doug

If we all become a bit more educated and learn something new every day around issues of local food and renewable energy, and if we have good friends to enjoy meals with, there is really no stopping us from lowering our collective footprints, enjoying our lives and becoming healthier.

I hope you can come join us on this journey into sustainability and adaptation.

–Tami Schwerin is founder and executive director of The Abundance Foundation.

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Entry filed under: Learning, Sustainable Farming, Sustainable Food, Uncategorized, Urban Farming. Tags: , , .

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. edibleearthscape  |  May 23, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Thanks Tami and everyone at the Abundance Foundation for all that you do! Let’s spread love through food and build community!

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  • 2. Beth Mullenberg  |  May 25, 2010 at 11:24 am

    My grandma used to say the same thing! And now I say it to my kids…..I love the conversations that are happening around sustainability. I think industrialized humans (us) have really lost the ability to take care of ourselves in a basic, natural way. Folks like the Abundance Foundation are helping to remind us that it’s not that hard, but does require you to think and learn a little something! Thanks!

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