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".

Moving to Conservers will be hosting a plant-based potluck and community conversation about composting May 12 from 6 – 8 pm

Moving to Conservers will be hosting a plant-based potluck and community conversation about composting May 12 from 6 - 8 pm at the Cedar Mountain Canteen located at 10771 Greenville Hwy, Cedar Mountain NC, 28718. There will be plant starts for sale and mushrooms Please join us and let's talk about composting. We will start our potluck at 6 pm and our conversation will begin at 7 pm. Mary Miller will be presenting and sharing her experiences with composting in Transylvania County and her work with individuals, a retail establishment, a community garden and a children's care program. We will continue the conversation and discuss next steps and solutions to expanding composting. Wendy and Eric from Pucker Up Berry Farm will share information on their bucket exchange. Rachel Meriwether will talk about composting on the Hendersonville BRCC campus and bring plant starts to sell. Bart Renner will share how to acquire composters at a highly discounted price. Eric Christianson of Pisgah Gourmet will share information on mushroom compost [...]

Moving to Conservers partners with the City of Brevard community garden

Moving to Conservers has partnered with the City of Brevard on their new community garden.  We will be constructing their compost facility!  We met with Maureen and selected a compost site and now we need to schedule a work day to make the compost facility a reality. Let us know if you are interested in helping!  The City also joined Transylvania Shares tool library!  Thank you! Maureen shared this after our meeting at the garden. "I met with Kim Coram and John Wiseman out at the garden this morning.  They are with Moving to Conservers, one of our partner organizations.  Kim and John and the Conservers group will be building a compost bin area for the garden.  Believe they are going to construct it out of used pallets.  Attached is a photo of them and they are standing in the approximate area where the bins will go.  This way we can compost all the organic refuse from the garden and hopefully have some good compost to put back [...]

Potluck and community conversation on composting

May 12 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm We will be hosting a plant-based potluck and community conversation about composting at the Cedar Mountain Canteen, 10771 Greenville Hwy, Cedar Mountain, NC on May 12, 6 - 8 pm.  Please join us and let’s talk about composting. Mary Miller will be presenting and sharing her experiences with composting in Transylvania County and her work with individuals, a retail establishment, a community garden and a children’s care program.  We will continue the conversation and discuss next steps and solutions to expanding composting. Please bring a plant based dish to share and your own reusable place setting.  You do not have to bring food to eat with us.  If you are hungry, we would love to feed you.  We will share a meal starting at 6 pm.  Our program will begin at 7 pm. We are looking forward to spending time with everyone. The Cedar Mountain Canteen is a pack-it-in pack-it-out public house.  They strive for zero-waste.

Compost Happens!

Moving to Conserver’s community composting initiative has picked up steam in 2022. People gather together and look to the future as we transition to a post-covid era (hopefully for good!). What better way than to nourish the soil with compost for our future gardens? We are happy to sponsor Mary Miller, who approached us for support with her capstone project for her MS in Sustainability and the Environment (MSSE) from UNC Greensboro. Serendipitously, her project is on advocating for community composting in Transylvania County. Work is well underway on two pilot sites. The first is at the Rice Street Community Garden on the property of St. Phillip’s Church in Brevard. A team of volunteers has built a four-bin compost structure and cleared the area of the remains of a decade-old compost system. Many thanks to Dolores Brown, who leads the community gardens at the Rice Street gardens. She tirelessly worked to coordinate volunteers and did quite a bit of heavy labor herself! The new system began operation officially [...]

So much is happening, we need a reporter. We are willing to pay for stories

Hello fellow Conservers.  I hope everyone is well.  John and I have abundance beyond belief and a lot of that is in the joy and love we experience demonstrating at our public house, The Cedar Mountain Canteen, how to move a business towards zero-waste. We have been touched deeply by our communities response when we tell them we would prefer not to take their trash as we are a pack it in, pack it out establishment. We connect with our neighbors and help each other.  The energy is wonderful and we are busy, really busy and we love it. There is so much going on in the world of Moving to Conservers it is hard for me to get the word out and I need help.  We are looking for a reporter and we are willing to pay for someone to help us keep sharing through our website and newsletter.  If you are interested in helping, please send us an email at jbwkjc@gmail.com. We love our newsletter and [...]

By |2022-02-28T12:44:51-05:00February 28th, 2022|Categories: Gatherings, Help a Neighbor, Moving to Conservers|

Scholars are Conservers

Rise and Shine shared this newsletter recently.  We wanted to share it. Scholars are Conservers and Future Farmers Rise & Shine scholars know that composting is one of the fastest ways to reduce the trash footprint of our community so they are managing their food scraps to help with their garden. They have a bucket to collect compost waste from each meal. The scholars take the compost out each day. They turn the compost and maintain the bins. This fall they cleaned out the garden spaces and planted some winter vegetables. These beds have been covered to protect them from the winter weather. Recently the scholars harvested sweet potatoes and are watching broccoli, carrots, and herbs grow. Plans are underway to build a greenhouse this spring.  

By |2022-02-28T12:16:09-05:00February 28th, 2022|Categories: Compost Drop-off Location, Composting, Connecting with nature, Food|

ShareWaste participants are growing! Thank you

ShareWaste is a website and phone application that connects people who have food scraps with those who want them.  We have been using it for awhile and are grateful for other local folks who have signed up.  Our biggest obstacle in getting food scraps turned into soil are finding locations that are willing to take food scraps.  This connection tool has helped us find much needed sites.  Thanks so much for signing up! Would you like to share your food scraps or accept food scraps?  Go here https://sharewaste.com/ to sign up.

Spring Planting Fest

Transylvania Shares and Moving to Conservers Spring Planting Festival at the Cedar Mountain Canteen 10771 Greenville Highway, Cedar Mountain, NC 28717 March 19th 2 - 4 pm Let's get ready for planting food! Transylvania Shares will be onsite with equipment from their library and expertise from their members to help you get ready for Spring planting! Moving to Conservers will host their annual seed swap and a plant-based zero-waste potluck. Bring your seeds to share and a plant-based dish to share.  Please bring your own re-usable place setting. Shares will be grinding corn and dried beans if you have anything you would like turned into grits or flour. Farmer Phil will kick off his Just For Kids Mini-camp series that will be held every Saturday from 2 - 4 pm for children. They will enjoy everything from planting and tending a garden to a music jam.  The mini-camp is $10 per child.  The rest of the event is free.  

Al Brothers will be sharing his knowledge about Dark Sky

Al Brothers will be sharing his knowledge about Dark Sky.  Join us for a thought-provoking presentation from Al.  He describes the evening as follows: As the country rounds the corner of Covid we see new trends that point to increased traffic and development. The Village of Cedar Mountain is a tempting target for population migration. Many of the benefits of rural charm are becoming marketing points as potential residents cruise 276 and call real estate agents for listings. Cedar Mountain happens to lie smack in the middle of a population donut. Greenville to the South, Asheville to the East and Hendersonville just down the road. They are coming this way. The first signs of these cities growth is the uncontrolled reach of light pollution. We are just now realizing the effects of light pollution on the cycle of night and day that supports mountain flora and fauna. The Cedar Mountain area is especially vulnerable in that it is situated where ample water rises as mist and reflects the [...]

By |2022-01-11T10:23:41-05:00January 11th, 2022|Categories: Connecting with nature, Gatherings, Help a Neighbor|

Thanksgiving Potluck was amazing. We are doing it for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve too!

We hosted about 40 people on Thanksgiving day and had virtually no clean-up at the end of the evening.  Thank you for bringing your own non-disposable place settings!  What a gift it is to not leave a mess behind.  There was a bounty of food and we even enjoyed feeding some travelers who were unaware of the potluck.  It was wonderful. We used tablecloths from Transylvania Shares and a water dispenser too.  Su decorated using beautiful leaves and other local treasures from our area.  Su's decorations were stunning. We enjoyed a nice gathering and practiced and demonstrated the beauty of reuse.  It was an evening of love and community and we are blessed you shared your time with us. Folks asked if we were going to do it again for Christmas.  Sure, we are hosting a potluck on Christmas Eve from 4 - 8 pm.  We are also hosting one on New Years Eve and we will have live dancing music from 6 - 8 pm. Please bring [...]

By |2021-12-22T15:19:13-05:00December 9th, 2021|Categories: Food, Gatherings, Help a Neighbor, Moving to Zero-waste, Sharing Club|

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