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.
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 email@example.com if you are interested in helping. Thanks and thanks Sharing House for asking!
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 [...]
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com Iris - we have a mat of them. They need divided and you are welcome to as many as [...]
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
We received this wonderful email and request from one of our members. Please let Yvette know if you can help! What a wonderful way to celebrate a holiday, working together and building community! Thanks Yvette for reaching out and organizing this! Hi there, I am part of your Moving to Conservers group. I am reaching out to you from my non-profits email today though because we are partnering with Brevard Rotary to do trash pick up on Wilson Rd on March 13th. Would you and some of your members be willing to join my team? I need 5+ people to join. Since it's close to St. Patrick's Day I'm going to have my team dress in garb to have fun and help us stand out more on the road. Thank you for your time. Yvette Brooks firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello Gardeners, I am sure you all enjoyed the short string of sunshine we were gifted as of late. I bet you noticed as well the day length was longer, at dawn and dusk. Time to think gardening! Since humans have been growing food, the challenges have been numerous. With this endeavor came the saving of seeds from the tastiest and most adaptable plants. People today still are making crosses, trying to achieve variety and hardiness. There are many facets to gardening and seed saving is one of the many. It is a challenge and every plant has its own protocol for ensuring next year’s seeds will be viable and delicious. But we have the luxury of thousands of varieties of seeds offered to us through garden centers and seed catalogues. Many of you most likely have packets from last year or even earlier. Check out the seed viability charts and learn what seeds are still useful. It is these you can plant this season AND share! https://www.highmowingseeds.co [...]
Our last gathering before the lock down of the pandemic was our annual seed swap. I enjoyed growing some of those seeds last year. I always enjoy shared seeds and plants. They have a story and I smile when I tend to the plants and remember the soul who shared them. We have beautiful Cardinal flowers and Green and Golds given to us by friends and they warm my heart every time I see them. It is like they are in our garden, beautifying it. Noel of our Eating Consciously team, sent me some seeds out of the blue last year and we have been enjoying the Arugula and Collards since. It was so nice to receive a surprise in the mail with a handwritten loving note. Noel and I were recently discussing seed swapping and we both were thinking of how to do it during a pandemic and she suggested using the US Mail. I loved it! I think hand-written letters sent in the mail are a [...]
In honor of Black History Month, we wanted to share this announcement that was shared with us. What a wonderful community building event! Background: The Mary C Jenkins Community Center (MCJCC) Board is sponsoring a community-wide poetry contest to honor Black History Month and recognize progress re-establishing the MCJCC. Poetry is IT right now. Amanda Gorman, our first National Youth Poet Laureate, 22 years old, moved us deeply with her inauguration poem, The Hill We Climb. Also in January, Kwame Alexander (poet who visited the Transylvania County library in April 2019!), crowdsourced a poem to offer people a way to “write our way out of the unprecedented events of the past year and into a space of possibility.” Kwame and National Public Radio received 2,500 entries from people of all ages for the crowdsourced poem. Less than 50 were crafted into the final poem, This is Our Dream, which includes a submission by teacher Jeanne DeJong, from 5th graders at Brevard Elementary School! https://www.npr.org/2021/01/28/960688815/this-is-our-dream-a-crowdsourced-poem-to-inspire-hope That Brevard is represented in this poem, [...]
The Capital of our country was stormed yesterday. I am still stunned. I am thinking of our community and our neighbors and wondering how we are doing. We love you. If you need someone to talk with, we are here. Our phone numbers are 828-966-5367 and 304-482-3062. Love, Kim and John