Recently, we kicked off a project called Eating Consciously. We have 4 community members with a variety of expertise who have stepped up to help us understand the impact our food choices have on others and ways to move from those choices if we so desire. It is something John and I were curious about and appreciate having so much support as we learn and adapt to change our habits that harm others. We thought others may be interested in the same journey and it didn't take long until a team was put together to help us study together. Above is a video about industrial hog farms in North Carolina. It was eye-opening for us. We are excited to announce that Naeema Muhammad, Organizing Director, NC Environmental Justice Network has agreed to an interview for our Eating Consciously podcast! Before the interview, we wanted to reach out to the community and get your feedback. What would you like to ask Naeema? What format do you think [...]
John Lawson generously volunteered to help us develop a logo. After interviewing several Moving to Conservers members, he came up with a lot of options for us to choose from. Let us know which one is your favorite and we will move to accept one. So many great choices. Thanks so much John! Logo ID Logo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
On Thursday, July 30th, a group of dedicated volunteers showed up to work after a downpour. It didn't rain a drop after we got started. Barbara Grimm, the principle of Davidson River School had a lot of projects ready for us to tackle. A new compost facility Thanks to a pallet donation from Sylvan Sport, we were able to create a compost facility at the school so students can turn their food scraps into dirt. Gabriel Covington, a student from Brevard College, helped us put the facility together. It is so great to spend time with Gabriel. He is always anxious to be part of a community project and he brings the energy of his youth. Thanks Gabriel for your help! Kathleen Hannigan, a local artist, helped us add a community art piece the facility, just as we did at Rise and Shine. Kathleen set up a table and got busy sawing wood planks for use in the compost tree we [...]
This past spring, we worked with other community partners to prepare and give away plant starts at the Hunger Coalition's food distribution. The project was a great success and patrons at the distribution have continued to ask for plants. One person shared photos of her plants and they were stunning! Thanks, Shane for passing these on. Shane is on the Hunger Coalition's board and a member of our project, Eating Consciously. Because a large part of Moving to Conservers' work focuses on eliminating the thought that anything is disposable, we have updated our tag that goes with the plants asking for the return of pots and unused soil from the previous distribution. Thanks to John Lawson for creating and updating the tag for us! Reuse helps in so many ways. One of our greatest needs for continuing the plant give-away is high-quality soil Composting creates soil and soil is one of the things we need the most in order to support this [...]
Elizabeth Pell sent this our way and we wanted to share. Matter of fact, several folks sent this after Elizabeth shared it. CONSUMER ALERT Watch Out for Unsolicited Shipments Tuesday, July 28, 2020 Our office has learned that some North Carolina residents have received seed packets from China or other foreign sources that they did not order in the mail. The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said the shipping of these seeds is likely the product of an international internet scam known as “brushing.” According to the Better Business Bureau, third-party sellers use your address and Amazon information to generate a fake sale and positive review to boost their product ratings. People who have received these seeds are advised not to plant them by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services(NCDA&CS). This type of international shipment of plant material is against the law. Our office is working hard to protect consumers, but the best way to protect yourself is to follow these tips: NCDA&CS asks anyone who [...]
Roosterhead is receiving some well-deserved recognition for their work feeding the community. You can see a story about them at WLOS by going here: https://wlos.com/news/person-of-the-week/farm-offers-free-meals-to-families-during-pandemic-staying-true-to-roots Thanks Roosterhead for all you do!
The nightshade family: sounds scary! And it is, as there are massive numbers of plants in this Solanaceae family that are very toxic. But we love to eat many of the non-toxic ones and most of us cannot wait for that first sun-ripened fresh tomato of the season. The other vegetable from the nightshade to be discussed in this article is the often vilified white potato. But before we begin chatting vegetables, let us talk salt. Our bodies need salt. Research has shown that without the correct balance of water and salt, our systems shut down and we die. So why the health concerns of not eating salt? If you eat any foods that are factory processed then you are eating way too much salt and bad salt at that. Big Food has our palates held hostage with refined salt, a variety of sugars and unhealthy fats. You got it: please, no processed food! The ‘regional’ salt I use the Redmond’s Real Salt. Mined in Utah, it is [...]
First - are you starting extra fall veggies for us to give away, in cooperation with Hunger Coalition, in Rosman and Brevard? Or do you know people who will give us starts? Ask soon! Here's a learning option, if you are undecided to take on the fall garden ... Online Seminar:Keep Your Vegetable Garden Growing into the Fall Saturday, August 15, 2020, 10 a.m. to noon by Master Gardener ℠ Volunteers of Buncombe County Presenter: Alan Wagner, Buncombe Extension Master GardenerSM Volunteer Vegetable gardening does not have to end in September. You can plant a fall garden and extend your growing season with a second harvest into the fall/winter. Photography ulrich22/Shutterstock Click here for full details and to register on Eventbrite for this free program.
Susan Lefler shared this dear story of the pig bucket and using food scraps. Thanks Susan for sharing. Since “plague” is now a constant theme in our lives, it’s seems logical to begin my pig feeding history with my childhood in North Carolina before polio vaccine was available. People were vaccinated against small pox and so polio had become the scourge and fear for families. I have not double-checked to see if polio outbreaks were seasonal, but I remember the drama occurring in the summer. My parents were both employed by the UNC Chapel Hill, my mother as a reference librarian, my dad as head of the university’s Audio Visual Bureau. When they had to make a work-related trip anywhere that might attract crowds (I especially remember Cherokee being one), I spent the time with my mother’s parents who farmed in Rockingham County near Reidsville, NC. In addition to necessary trips, since my parents worked full time, I often spent weeks in the summer on the farm. Although [...]
Barbara Kingsolver wrote in her book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: Most of the fruits and vegetables needed a passport to get to your plate. Yikes… we can do better than that! It is my intent with this series of articles to not only guide you for eating seasonally but to try your best to get local or regionally grown plant foods. And do this recipe free! I have nothing against recipes but one does need to learn how to be innovative and serendipitous when cooking out of the garden or what is staring at you from the fridge or purchased at the farmers market. This is a great time of year to begin exploring your options at local farmers’ markets, farm stands and businesses which support this philosophy. We shall begin with a family called cucurbits. In that vast group we at this time of year in our climate are enjoying all sorts of summer squash, zucchini and cucumbers along with cantaloupe and watermelon. Once frost arrives in the [...]
Maureen sent this request for help and we wanted to pass it along. Blue Zone project is having their big kick-off event on Aug 22nd from 10 to 1. They are going to be having a series of booths in their parking lot where they are giving out info etc. Sort of a small Farmers Market...same social distancing precautions etc. I have volunteered to man the garden booth where they will be giving out seeds for fall planting... kale, spinach, arugula and I think they are getting some plant starts from Gaia to also give away (kale, chard, collards, broccoli, cabbage). I'm wondering if there is anyone from the Conservers who would like to come and help man the booth with me? Can you put out the word and see if anyone feels comfortable doing this. We will have spacing between booths, masks required, hand sanitizer. Thanks Maureen If you are interested in helping, please let Maureen know by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks!