Study, Conversation & Local Action

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13 07, 2020

Eating Consciously – as we eat at home more our food scraps increase. Your scraps can help us feed our neighbors

By |2020-07-13T11:04:54-04:00July 13th, 2020|Categories: Composting, Eating Consciously, Growing food, Help a Neighbor, Moving to Zero-waste, Use Food Scraps|

For years, Moving to Conservers has worked to change what we define as waste and trash, especially when it comes to food.  Reducing food waste is considered one of the number one things we can do to increase the health of our environment.  Diverting food scraps to farms helps them feed our local community. For some articles on the topic and ways you can use or let others use your food scraps go here:

13 07, 2020

ShareWaste – an app to help us put our community food scraps to use

By |2020-07-13T10:52:08-04:00July 13th, 2020|Categories: Compost Drop-off Location, Composting, Eating Consciously, Growing food, Moving to Zero-waste, Use Food Scraps|

John and I joined ShareWaste a couple of years ago but there were few if any others in the area signed up.  I honestly had forgotten about it.  A few weeks ago, we were contacted by someone in Mills River looking for a home for her food scraps.  She had found us on ShareWaste.  We met in the Walmart parking lot in Brevard and we received a 5-gallon bucket of much-needed scraps for our compost system. We never have enough scraps to produce the amount of compost we need for our garden.  Now we have a new stream and are looking for more.  If you have scraps you would like to put to use let us know and/or sign-up on ShareWaste and let's increase our community's ability to feed itself. You can find the website here: They also have an app you can download for your phone.  Happy food scraping :)

6 07, 2020

Announcing Eating Consciously!

By |2020-07-06T15:52:28-04:00July 6th, 2020|Categories: Eating Consciously|

We are excited to announce our newest project Eating Consciously.  An amazing team of folks has gathered together to create this new food group (I know but I couldn't resist.)  The goal of this project is to learn together the impact our food choices have on others and the environment.  Are you interested in moving to a plant-based diet and need tips and techniques for cooking and shopping?  Ask the group!  You can find out more about them and the project by visiting our webpage Eating Consciously! Thanks to everyone who made this possible!  We are excited to learn together.

6 07, 2020

Eating Consciously Podcast! Enjoy our first episode with Evan Parker

By |2020-07-06T15:34:20-04:00July 6th, 2020|Categories: Composting, Connecting with nature, Eating Consciously, Evan Parker, Growing food, Podcast, Use Food Scraps|

Help us celebrate as we kick off our first podcast!  We have started a new project called Eating Consciously and we are kicking it off by releasing our first podcast.  Our first guest is Evan Parker and he is a member of the Eating Consciously team that is helping us learn the impact our food choices have on others.  We really enjoyed the conversation with Evan and look forward to many more.  Thanks Evan! This Podcast, Eating Consciously was recorded July 5, 2020.  Evan Parker was interviewed by Kim Coram and John Wiseman.  We hope you enjoy the conversation as much as we did.  

6 07, 2020

One dollar gives a hungry person something to eat. So please open your hearts … and wallets

By |2020-07-06T14:34:29-04:00July 6th, 2020|Categories: Help a Neighbor|

A few weeks ago Kim wrote a very informative note about the free lunches Rooster Head Plantation is serving to the children and adults in our community in need of a meal. The note encouraged donations from members of Moving to Conservers. I was curious about what the response was to this donations request so I contacted Jacqui at the Farm. Well, the response was disappointing so let’s see if we can do better! The Farm started the meals on March 18th and has served every Wednesday-Saturday except for one Wednesday when the farm flooded. Jacqui and her volunteers serve anywhere from 48-125 lunches a week. Weather seems to dictate. The cost of preparing these free bag lunches averages $1 a day. It is very easy to donate: 1. One can stop by the Farm and give cash or a check. Plus while there, do some shopping of local and regional foods, fruits and vegetables. 2. I live far from the farm so I send a check to [...]

6 07, 2020

Amazing things are happening around our homemade Black Lives Matter sign

By |2020-07-06T15:56:17-04:00July 6th, 2020|Categories: Help a Neighbor|

It is amazing.  It was so simple and has made such a difference.  After George Floyd was murdered John and I painted a sheet and hung it from our garage.  We had to do something.  We never expected what happened as a result of that sign.  I don't know why we didn't.  I always cringe when I know my black family members are coming for a visit because of the confederate flags they are going to pass to get to our home. Why had we never hung a sign of support for black lives, and our LGBTQ family and friends?  I can tell you, we will always hang flags of support from now on.  Our home has changed.  Our world has broadened and the number of diverse faces in our yard and around our home has become visible.  Almost daily, a vehicle slows, a smiling face reveals itself and a hand waves.  It brings me to tears of sincere joy and gratitude. Last week a car of young [...]

21 06, 2020

The Essential Worker Conversation …

By |2020-06-22T11:56:57-04:00June 21st, 2020|Categories: Essential workers|

Defining Essential workers … Mutual Aid On the phone call, recently, talk began about supporting essential workers via support for mutual aid groups, an ancient community support technique. So, Susan Sunflower and Jackie talked, at Roosterhead, talked on 6 June. We loosely divided essential workers into groups . those with salaries or wages and sometimes benefits like healthcare/sick leave: emergency and medical workers, grocery staff, . those working on their own or with a few people, mom/pop, sole proprietors, gig workers, such as cleaners, domestic violence workers/volunteers, individual mechanics or small shops like the Jiffy Lube individually owned/worked franchise, landscapers, child care proprietors/staff, handymen, hair dressers and FARMERS! The more we talked, the long the list got. SUPPORTS needed now: farmers/farm stands need customers SUPPORTS needed in a crisis: . health coverage, true medicare/medicaid for all, including homeopathic (COBRA is basically a farce, expensive) . emergency funds: - for farmers - national disasters include killing frosts, mudslides, 100 - 500 year floods so crop/land insurance needed immediately to [...]

10 06, 2020

Interested in eating more plants? Here are some resources!

By |2020-06-16T07:55:36-04:00June 10th, 2020|Categories: Eating Consciously|

Hello friends, my name is Shane Bragg and I am the owner of Green Go Cleaning Co ( here in Brevard NC. I am so honored to be able to reach out thought this community and offer some resources in incorporating more veggies into your life! I would like to hear from you directly, what is a vegetable you want to learn more about? What is something you have wanted to try but are afraid to explore cooking it? Do you want more raw recipes as we approach the heat of summer or do you want cooked meals? Do you want to hear about sauces, full meals, recipes and website or books? How can I assist you? Send me an email, text or call and give me something to write about. In the mean time here are my favorite things to keep at home, a great book that even includes work outs and a favorite website to explore:   Nutritional yeast (most health stores carry this in bulk [...]

8 06, 2020

Kim and John Receive Well-Deserved Recognition

By |2020-06-08T15:01:50-04:00June 8th, 2020|Categories: Help a Neighbor|

Our own Kim Coram and John Wiseman were recently honored as recipients of the N.C. Governor’s Volunteer Award, along with seven other awardees in Transylvania County. In addition, they were recognized as Medallion Award winners for 2020. Medallion Award winners represent the 20-25 most outstanding volunteers statewide so this is a very special recognition. Kim and John have been actively involved in positive change in the community since they moved here several years ago. As noted in the Transylvania Times “Many people impact their communities, but Coram and Wiseman’s commitment to local action is unparalleled in our county as it crosses multiple organizations, social groups, and causes.” Many of us who have worked with Kim and John have seen this commitment and dedication to positive social change first-hand. Rob Slover, one of those who nominated Kim and John for the recognition noted “ Kim and John are focused on making the world a better place through living their lives as an example.” Well said and so true! Congratulations [...]

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