This summer, we have organized 12 hikes with Rise and Shine scholars and have completed 4 of them. John and I love spending time in the woods with them. The volunteers who help make this possible bring an amazing variety of talents to each hike and make each unique. We hope, by connecting the hikers to trails in their neighborhood, they will continue to explore them after our organized hikes are finished. We hope they will connect with nature during these outings and develop a love for conserving our amazing surroundings. We can always use more volunteers. If you are interested in helping, let us know. We hike every Monday and Wednesday from 1 - 4 pm through July 1st.
In March, we announced the winners to our Use Food Scraps Essay contest. We received some amazing suggestions and thanks to Kenn Webb of the Solid Waste Authority, the judge's favorite essays won cash prizes. We are currently working on a poster that brings together all the wonderful suggestions received so that our community can learn from each other and pursue suggestions towards an end to food in our landfill. How exciting. We hope to give each person who submitted an essay a copy of the poster and plan to share it with others in the community. We look forward to unveiling the poster and thank everyone who is making this possible!
It is nice to share. We have learned that reuse is key to moving to a zero-waste household and community. John and I have a collection of amazing gear. We use to own a bike and kayak shop in West Virginia and as a result, we have collected quite a bit. We offer it to folks all the time. Many are reluctant to borrow it and we get that. Other communities have set up sharing organizations to formalize arrangements, which seems to remove most of the reluctance. Recently, since Moving to Conservers helped Motown Memories become a zero-waste event, community members have contacted us and donated items to the group so that others can use them. We are getting quite the collection of household items, tools, and such. So the question is, how do we get from where we are now to a sharing solution that works for our community? We are pursuing answers to that question now. Have thought and ideas? Please send them our way. We [...]