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".

Help Wanted: $20 an hour. Compost service demand is exceeding our ability!

We need help!  We have more demand for composting services than we can handle.  We are looking for someone to help us increase composting in the county.  We have about 6 - 8 hours of work a week, some flexible hours.  We can provide all the training.  If you are interested, please let us know.  We would love to help someone start their own company and help provide services we can't keep up with.  You can email us at jbwkjc@gmail.com or call at 304-482-3062.  Thanks! Kim & John

Our gathering with Mountaintrue at the Cedar Mountain Canteen was fabulous.

We had our first gathering of 2021 June 3rd at the Cedar Mountain Canteen with a presentation from Anna of Mountaintrue and learned how to be good neighbors to the Little River, which is beside our beer garden.  It was magical seeing everyone together for the first time in over a year.  The food was fantastic and it was a joyous occasion. We learned the results of our first water test in the Little River and it was excellent!  Thanks to everyone who joined us.  It was wonderful to be together again.

By |2021-06-07T15:20:55-04:00June 7th, 2021|Categories: Connecting with nature, Eating Consciously, Gatherings, Moving to Zero-waste|

Join us for a potluck on Thursday June 10th & meet Transylvania Shares

We will host a potluck on Thursday June 10th at 6 pm at the Cedar Mountain Canteen.  Please bring a covered dish to share and your own non-disposable place setting.  Plant-based meals are encouraged and all dishes are welcome.  Everyone is welcome to join us.  We look forward to getting together. At 6:30 pm we will enjoy a presentation about Transylvania Shares, a sharing library in Transylvania County.  Learn how you can become a member and check out everything from lawnmowers to tents to china.

By |2021-06-07T16:05:26-04:00June 7th, 2021|Categories: Gatherings, Sharing Club|

Join us for a potluck on Thursday June 17th at 6 pm & and a class on about applied mycology from Leif

We will host a potluck on Thursday June 17th at 6 pm at the Cedar Mountain Canteen. Please bring a covered dish to share and your own non-disposable place setting. Plant-based meals are encouraged and all dishes are welcome. Everyone is welcome to join us. We look forward to getting together. At 6:30 pm we will enjoy an informal talk by Leif Olsen about applied mycology and focus on having plenty of Q&A about topics people are interested in. Leif Olson is an environmental scientist and educator with a background spanning ecological field research, environmental chemistry, soil health management and mushroom farming. He worked for two years as a cultivation manager at Pisgah Gourmet, a local mushroom farm in Brevard, NC and currently operates Integrated Land Enhancement, an environmental consulting and education business based in Asheville, NC.  Leif has taught all over the country about fungi, soil, plants, compost and more. He also started co-hosting the Applied Mycology podcast earlier this year, a show featuring discussions with co-host [...]

Join us for a zero-waste potluck gathering at the Cedar Mountain Canteen and learn from Mountaintrue about being a good neighbor to the river

Well we asked if you were ready to get back together and the answer was YES YES YES!  Thanks for the enthusiastic responses. We will host our first potluck of 2021 on Thursday June 3rd at 6 pm at the Cedar Mountain Canteen located at 10771 Greenville Highway in Cedar Mountain.  Please bring a covered dish to share and your own non-disposable place setting.  Plant-based meals are encouraged and all dishes are welcome.  Everyone is welcome to join us.  We look forward to getting together. At 6:30 pm we will enjoy a presentation from Anna of Mountaintrue on how to be a good neighbor to the river.  The Little River runs beside the Canteen and we are excited to learn ways we can be good stewards.  Here is some information about Anna: Anna Alsobrook, Watershed Outreach Coordinator As MountainTrue’s Watershed Outreach Coordinator, Anna facilitates volunteer water quality monitoring and restoration programs in the French Broad River watershed. She can be found all over the watershed taking samples, removing invasive species, [...]

By |2021-05-21T12:37:05-04:00May 21st, 2021|Categories: Connecting with nature, Gatherings|

How do you feel about starting potlucks again?

Picture above:  A Moving to Conservers gathtering at Rooster Head Farm It has been over a year since we have gathered as Moving to Conservers.  Now that John and I are part owners of the Cedar Mountain Canteen, we feel we have a home for Conservers to enjoy and use as a demonstration site to show how to move to zero-waste, compost, plant food and love each other. The Canteen has a wonderful outdoor garden on the Little River and we are ready to host Moving to Conservers' gatherings if you feel it is time to do that again.  All the owners of the Canteen are fully vaccinated and we would love to see you again.  Our gathering size is limited to 21 at the moment as that is how many we can safely host and social distance. Please let us know your thoughts.  We look forward to sharing together again.

By |2021-04-11T08:47:39-04:00April 11th, 2021|Categories: Eating Consciously, Gatherings, Moving to Zero-waste|

The Sharing House needs help with composting and they have reached out to us. Can you help?

We received an email this week from the Sharing House asking if we could help them learn to manage the compost bins built for them.  I told them absolutely, yes.  Are you interested in helping?  Please let us know.  Creating soil is one of the greatest things we can do for the earth as so much is being turned into dirt, void of life.  Let's help the Sharing House!  Send an email to jbwkjc@gmail.com if you are interested in helping.  Thanks and thanks Sharing House for asking!

By |2021-04-11T08:37:25-04:00April 11th, 2021|Categories: Composting, Help a Neighbor, Moving to Zero-waste, Use Food Scraps|

Moving to Conservers Members helping us create a food forest at the Cedar Mountain Canteen

Growing food organically and planting native plants and trees is one of our passions.  John and I are now part owners of the Cedar Mountain Canteen and we want the community to enjoy locally grown food so we are busy planting.  We have planted 2 peach trees, rhubarb, blueberry bushes, strawberries, and are planning on much more as the weather warms up.  We have also planted 2 Red Bud trees and 1 Dogwood in the garden for shade. We planted bee balm, a native flower.  Our dear friend Susan Sunflower brought us native Green and Golds and planted them at the base of our shade trees and also blessed us with a couple of Oconee Bells, a rare native flower. Michael Plauche of the Transylvania County Bird Club brought us 4 bird boxes for our food forest as well.  We have found nesting birds are one of the greatest forms of natural pest control. We received some gorgeous hanging baskets from some of our neighbors for the garden [...]

By |2021-04-11T08:16:13-04:00April 11th, 2021|Categories: Composting, Eating Consciously, Food, Gatherings, Growing food, Help a Neighbor, Use Food Scraps|

Seeds and plants available for our seed swap

Many thanks to Noel for putting together our virtual seed swap this year.  Unfortunately, she is unable to participate further at this time.  She is a great motivator and organizer and we are grateful for her energy and attention. Here is a list of seeds and plants we have available.  You don't need to provide seeds to get seeds. These are free to anyone who can use them.  Thanks for sharing and for helping keep seed diversity alive. Dakota Black Popcorn Little Blue Popcorn Bloody Butcher Corn (Dent) Oaxaca Green Corn (Dent) Stowell's Evergreen Sweet Corn Hidatsa Shield Figure Bean Greasy Cut Short Bean Jacob's Cattle Bean The following seeds are available from Tory Nergert.  Please email Torry at torry.nergart@gmail.com if you would like any of the seeds below. If you are interested in any of the items below, please contact Kim or John at jbwkjc@gmail.com Iris - we have a mat of them.  They need divided and you are welcome to as many as [...]

By |2021-03-08T11:21:28-05:00March 8th, 2021|Categories: Growing food, Help a Neighbor|

Transylvania Shares needs board members and volunteers

Transylvania Shares is looking for volunteers and board members.  We have received amazing donations like an electric lawnmower and tiller, power tools, a case of white tablecloths and on and on.  We need help getting our inventory updated, getting more members, you name it.  If you are interested in helping Transylvania Shares, contact them at TransylvaniaShares@gmail.com

By |2021-03-01T10:24:34-05:00March 1st, 2021|Categories: Help a Neighbor, Sharing Club|

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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.