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".

Christmas Eve Potluck

Join us at the Cedar Mountain Canteen for a community potluck Christmas Eve from 3 - 8 pm.  We will provide a plant-based meal and as always we will have a table for plant-based food.  All are welcome.  Please bring a covered dish to share and your own non-disposable place setting.  If you cannot bring food, for any reason, we would love to feed you. The Cedar Mountain Canteen is located at 10771 Greenville Highway, Cedar Mountain, NC 28718.  We look forward to sharing time together.

By |2022-12-03T14:58:36-05:00December 3rd, 2022|Categories: Eating Consciously, Food, Gatherings|

We are hosting a Thanksgiving Day potluck again this year!

We are hosting a Thanksgiving Day potluck again this year! Last year we enjoyed a bountiful feast with dozens of our neighbors at the Cedar Mountain Canteen. It was a joy! We are doing it again this Thanksgiving Day from 3 – 8 pm. A turkey and a pork roast, purchased from local vendors will be served.  A vegan Wellington with gravy is also on the menu. Please join us. Bring a covered dish to share if you are able and your own reusable place setting. If you cannot bring food for any reason, please join us. We would love to feed you.

By |2022-11-15T14:14:51-05:00November 15th, 2022|Categories: Food, Gatherings, Help a Neighbor|

Harvest Festival October 13, 4 – 8 pm

October 13 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm Join us for Harvestfest! It is the time of year we gather the bounty from our gardens, get together to give thanks and share our abundance.  Join us as we host our annual Harvestfest at the Cedar Mountain Canteen located at 10771 Greenville Hwy, Cedar Mountain. Food Processing 6 – 8 pm We will have the mill from Transylvania Shares on hand and will be milling corn, beans, grain and anything you want to bring to turn into flour and grits. We will mill after 6 pm.  Weather permitting we will have our camp fire blazing and make our vegan cornbread over the fire and anything else you want to cook and share with the community. Live Music 4 – 6 pm Richard Hardy presents Jim Warford Jim Warford is Kentucky born and bred with deep roots in Cumberland Gap. While his gene pool may have been a tad shallow, it was very musical, and he has played music for [...]

By |2022-10-04T12:36:38-04:00October 3rd, 2022|Categories: Moving to Zero-waste|

What is going on in Cedar Mountain?

When John and I purchased the Cedar Mountain Canteen, we realized we had just purchased a public home to share with the community.  We have our private home and now we have a public one.  We have one bag of trash a year at our private home and we knew we had to work to have no waste at our public home. That intention is obvious and others have noticed. We know first-hand the impact extracting resources to create disposable items has on a community.  We lived the devastation and it is the reason we purchased a home on the Continental Divide.  After seeing a family's generational clean water well ruined by fracking, we realized how quickly clean water can disappear.  It was beyond our belief that it was lost so that a disposable item could be made.  A family lost their clean drinking water so that I could use something one time and throw it away.  What am I doing?  Since that move we have taken a [...]

By |2022-10-04T12:37:49-04:00October 2nd, 2022|Categories: Moving to Zero-waste|

Bring Your Own

Many thanks to Sarah of Know Waste for creating this wonderful graphic to let people know an establishment welcomes you to bring your own reusable items. Cedar Mountain Fire & Rescue recently held another zero-waste fund raiser.  They hosted a pancake breakfast and Know Waste was on hand to help them with another event that has moved towards zero-waste. This canvas was displayed there.  Now it is at the Cedar Mountain Canteen until it is needed again somewhere else that has decided to stop wasting. Tin Roof Pizza Food Truck has announced they will be parked at the Cedar Mountain Canteen permanently after they fulfill some other commitments.  They have decided to stop wasting when serving at the Canteen and are now serving on reusable plates.  Want to help and support them?  Bring your own. Three neighboring establishments in Cedar Mountain have make a commitment to stop wasting.  Our heartfelt thanks.

By |2022-09-06T10:58:09-04:00September 6th, 2022|Categories: Composting, Gatherings, Help a Neighbor, Moving to Zero-waste|

Napkin Sewing Party & potluck at Cup and Saucer September 8th from 6 – 8pm! We need sewing machines!

Cup and Saucer in downtown Brevard has long been a zero-waste partner.  They work to reduce their waste.  Years ago we helped them sew napkins from Elisabeth's grandmothers fabric and she contacted us to let us know she needs more napkins! Let's have another sewing party and potluck at Cup and Saucer September 8th from 6 - 8 pm. We need folks with sewing machines and knowledge.  Last time we did this we had a blast.  Please let us know if you can help.  You can email us at [email protected]. We will also host a zero-waste potluck.  Please bring an item to share if you are able and your own non-disposable place setting.  

By |2022-08-21T14:28:18-04:00August 21st, 2022|Categories: Gatherings, Help a Neighbor|

Moving to Conservers Plant-based potluck and a community conversation with Know Waste

August 11 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Join Moving to Conservers for a plant-based potluck and presentation by the new service Know Waste at the Cedar Mountain Canteen at 10771 Greenville Highway, Cedar Mountain.  Becoming a community free from waste requires a few services.  One is a sharing club which Conservers created in 2020.  It is great to have a sharing club but becoming free from waste can be a lot of work.  Sarah and Nick recently provided that work at the Cedar Mountain Fire and Rescue’s first zero-waste fundraiser.  The Fire Department served 120 meals with almost no waste thanks to services provided by them.  We call them Know Waste. Our ultimate goal is to provide support in our community so that individuals can bring their own place settings for use every where they go.  As we migrate and move to that goal, services like Know Waste provide much needed support. Our potluck begins at 6 pm and the conversation begins at 7 pm.  If you [...]

By |2022-07-27T20:54:39-04:00July 27th, 2022|Categories: Composting, Gatherings, Help a Neighbor, Moving to Zero-waste, Sharing Club|

Cedar Mountain Fire and Rescue votes to move to zero-waste

The neighbors of the Cedar Mountain Canteen, Cedar Mountain Fire and Rescue, have voted to move to being a zero-waste organization!  We were beyond words when they shared the news!  We are working side by side (the Cedar Mountain Canteen has a pledge to be zero-waste too) to support each other on our journey to stop wasting!  One of the first things they did was join Transylvania Shares so that they could use plates, napkins and silverware for their 4th of July weekend fundraiser.  They fed 120 people and have almost no waste!  What a great start.  It is so wonderful to have another organization to work with.

By |2022-07-08T11:19:19-04:00July 8th, 2022|Categories: Help a Neighbor, Moving to Zero-waste, Sharing Club|
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