About Kim Coram

Kim Coram is retired from The Bureau of the Public Debt, US Treasury Department where she served as an IT manager in a variety of disciplines ranging from computer security to website management. She is an US Air Force veteran and was an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialist. She was elected to Parkersburg, WV's city council where she served a 4-year term. Kim loved WV and decided to move after seeing the impact fracking has had and continues to have on this once paradise. She is now retired and lives in Cedar Mountain, NC where she enjoys clean drinking water, riding bikes with her husband, John, and taking her grandchildren on grand adventures in her "backyard".

Gift of Time holiday pop-up will not happen this year

One of my favorite events we host is the annual Gift of Time Pop-up Coffee house. We gather for food in downtown Brevard, share conversation and focus on the gift of sharing our time instead of material items.  It always warms my heart when strangers who are walking by join us and share.  The day has filled my heart with gratitude and I will miss it dearly this year. We look forward to bringing the event back next year and hope everyone has a wonderful, safe and blessed holiday season.  Our community is amazing and our love runs deep.

By |2020-11-23T08:57:33-05:00November 23rd, 2020|Categories: Food, Gatherings, Help a Neighbor, The Gift of Time|

Plant-based locally prepared and commercially available food just got a few steps closer to being a reality

Last Thursday on our Moving to Conservers conference call, we enjoyed a conversation with 2 individuals interested in providing plant-based meals in our community.  We talked about goals and obstacles towards reaching those goals.  We talked about ways we could help each other and discussed what next steps would be and then we made plans to start those next steps. And the next day, Friday, we started.  We are super excited to be a part of the conversation and to support those in our community who want to make plant-based meals easily available in our community.  I have no doubt we can and will make this happen.  Thanks to the amazing response from our amazing readers who let us know just how many of us want this in our community. Looking forward to sharing a meal together. I do apologize for not recording the conversation.  I did advertise we would share it and I did not turn on the recording.

By |2020-11-23T10:40:27-05:00November 23rd, 2020|Categories: Eating Consciously, Food|

Let’s talk about locally made plant-based meals this Thursday at 6 pm

Thanks to the many people who have shared their thoughts about a community conversation focused on locally prepared plant-based meals.  We have had a fantastic response.  Let's get together on a conference call this Thursday at 6 pm.  We will dedicate an hour to the conversation and record it and share it as a podcast! About half of the responses to our survey were interested in an in-person socially distanced meeting and we hope to get to that in the future.  John and I worked the polls on election day and may have contracted COVID.  While we wait for our test results to get back we will be hosting the conversation virtually. In order to join the call dial (515) 604-9916 Access code: 523174# Instructions: At the scheduled date and time, dial into the conference. When prompted, enter the access code. We look forward to the conversation and working together in our community!  Thanks so much.  If you cannot make the call and have ideas and suggestions you [...]

By |2020-11-16T09:45:26-05:00November 16th, 2020|Categories: Eating Consciously, Food, Gatherings|

Want some vinyl campaign signs to re-purpose? How about trophies?

For me, one of the most interesting parts of moving to a zero-waste community is looking at the thought of waste differently.  I often ask myself: When and why did it become OK to waste something? There are so many businesses we need in our community to support a move to zero-waste it is exciting.  The first in my mind is a business that helps us divert food waste from the landfill.  We received so many excellent ideas during our essay contest to solve that problem.  We have put some in practice and need to continue to do that at a larger scale. We have recently received a large supply of vinyl campaign signs so that we can keep them out of the landfill and facilitate reuse of them.  I have used my old campagin signs for a lot of purposes.  I left office 4 years ago and my signs are still going strong as repurposed signs and even a water barrier on a piece of outdoor furniture. [...]

By |2020-11-16T09:59:13-05:00November 16th, 2020|Categories: Moving to Zero-waste, Use Food Scraps|

A conversation about plant-based locally prepared meals

We have asked over the past couple of newsletters if folks are interested in having a conversation about creating locally prepared plant-based meals. A lot of folks have completed our little survey and we will be scheduling a conversation soon.  We plan to wait until after the elections to organize the conversation. Thanks to everyone who has shared their thoughts.  There is still time if you want to contribute.  Visit our survey and let us know what you think:  https://movingtoconservers.com/there-is-definitely-an-interest-in-our-community-for-prepared-plant-based-meals/  

By |2020-10-19T09:44:46-04:00October 19th, 2020|Categories: Eating Consciously, Food|

Cedar Mountain Canteen will be using glassware from Transylvania Shares

Since purchasing the Cedar Mountain Canteen with Greg and Stephanie Thomas, we have been busy getting ready to open in November.  We are making a lot of changes.  We are focused on being a zero-waste business and that means we will be serving in real glasses.  Instead of purchasing an inventory of glassware, we have decided to borrow glassware from Transylvania Shares!  We attended their board meeting last week and made our pitch and it was approved unanimously.  How about that!  Transylvania Shares helping a new business get off the ground while practicing reuse and sharing! Installing a commercial kitchen In order to wash dishes on-site, we are required to have a health department and DEQ approved facility.  We have gotten all our approvals from DEQ and now we are working with the health department to install a commercial kitchen.  It will take us some time to get everything installed which means we will not be opening with real glassware.  This is a short term solution and we [...]

By |2020-10-19T09:19:41-04:00October 19th, 2020|Categories: Moving to Zero-waste, Sharing Club|

How would you re-purpose campaign signs? We are about to get a bunch. Help us find new uses for them!

Soon the elections will be over and all the campaign materials will go where?  A couple of political parties in Transylvania county are interested in keeping their signs out of the landfill and we have offered to help. I ran for office in 2012 and served for 4 years.  I decided not to seek another term so my stored campaign signs needed to find a new purpose.  They have since helped prop up bean crops, provided backing for a bench a friend made, and been turned around and used for new signs.  They are still with us and going strong. We need help collecting signs and finding new homes and uses for them.  Have thoughts and ideas?  Please share them.  We look forward to hearing from you.

By |2020-10-19T08:02:58-04:00October 19th, 2020|Categories: Help a Neighbor, Moving to Zero-waste|

Every Tray Counts (ETC) is seeking a new Executive Director. They work to move schools towards zero-waste

We took this ad from:  http://www.everytraycounts.org/jobs/ Thanks to Susan Sunflower for sharing this. ARE YOU AN ADVOCATE FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS, THE ENVIRONMENT, AND THE FUTURE? Every Tray Counts (ETC) is seeking a new Executive Director. The executive director will be responsible for coordinating and collaborating with local environmental advocates and school partners to help guide North Carolina school districts in their progress toward more sustainably managed schools. Every Tray Counts (ETC) is a small North Carolina non-profit that works with children, parents and communities to promote responsible purchasing and waste diversion practices in North Carolina schools. We do this by replacing lunchroom polystyrene trays with a sustainable alternative, and by diverting lunchroom compostable materials away from landfills. Even in these changing and challenging times, Every Tray Counts knows that North Carolina schools must keep their focus on improving the quality of education and sustainability goals. ETC stays current on environmental issues which affect schools regarding lunchroom practices, environmental education opportunities in the classroom, and overuse of single-use plastics. [...]

By |2020-10-19T07:50:55-04:00October 19th, 2020|Categories: Composting, Food, Moving to Zero-waste|

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This Is A Custom Widget

This Sliding Bar can be switched on or off in theme options, and can take any widget you throw at it or even fill it with your custom HTML Code. Its perfect for grabbing the attention of your viewers. Choose between 1, 2, 3 or 4 columns, set the background color, widget divider color, activate transparency, a top border or fully disable it on desktop and mobile.