Happy Earth Day! I hope everyone is finding a way to celebrate Earth Day. This is certainly different than the Earth Day we had planned. Our phone has been ringing a lot and we are excited by the energy in our community to care for each other. We have also heard the dire projections of hunger that may be in the world's future. What can one person do? Here is a suggestion. Use your food scraps to help grow more food locally. It is a great start and can have a huge impact. It is estimated 25 - 40 percent of our landfill is food. Imagine if we diverted that food locally to feed livestock and make soil so that we can grow more food for our community. If you can start a compost bin in your own space, that is great. Need help? Let us know by giving us a call at 828-966-5367. Don't have space to create your own? There are drop off stations in our [...]
Rooster Head Plantation has long been a community partner of our zero-waste efforts. They house a community compost drop off facility and have hosted our educational gatherings, among many other ways they support the community. They are a true community partner and we love them. They have been feeding neighborhood children since schools closed. I called Jacqui and asked her what she needed and she said to put it bluntly, money. She has served over 400 meals and the numbers keep growing as the word gets out. We are putting out a call to our community to help. We were able to send money to Jacqui via the CashApp at her handle $JacquelineEdens. You can also donate money through PayPal at email@example.com. Their mail address is: Rooster Head Plantation, 184 Evergreen St, Brevard 28712. We also talked about buying cases of fruit and veggies or any other thing that may help. If you have items that may help, let them know. What an amazing gift to the community. [...]
Five years ago at this time, John and I were not cutting seed potatoes getting them ready to plant on St. Patrick's Day. We were not adding coffee grounds from the local cafe to our compost facility. We did have a small compost pile but we were not working it. Now it is a part-time job for John. Well, maybe not but my husband makes a darn good soil, something I would not have appreciated five years ago. I didn’t think much about soil. I have gardened for years but didn’t understand the value of good soil. I do now. Almost 3 years ago we started having zero-waste potlucks with 8 or so friends and studied the Post Carbon Institute’s online video course Think Resilience. It focused on life after fossil fuels. It was thought-provoking. As part of the study, the course had the group answer the question, “What do you wish you would have learned to do in school?” Almost all of us said we wanted to [...]
On November 7, 2019, a dozen or so of us enjoyed a potluck dinner with Barbara Grimm, principal of Davidson River School, at the school. Barb worked with us on our Use Food Scraps Symposium in March and recently reached out and asked us to visit the school to help them find ways to reduce their waste. What a beautiful school. There were definitely some conversations about how nice it is. As always, we enjoyed a wonderful meal. As always, we brought our own non-disposable place settings and left no clean-up for our host. We enjoyed listening to Barb as she explained the climate change curriculum the school was teaching in December. She asked us for help and ideas for next steps towards waste reduction. Our members were full of great ideas. The school recently received a grant for a greenhouse and we discussed ways they could divert their food scraps to a compost facility, we could help them construct. We have done a few in the community [...]
Pigs love pumpkins I am told. Rooster Head Plantation is accepting pumpkin donations because their pigs love them. They have set up a drop-off bin by their compost bin. Please drop off your tasty pumpkins! You can see details of their drop off spot here: https://movingtoconservers.com/portfolio-items/rooster-head-plantation-food-scrap-drop-off-site/?portfolioCats=106 Thanks so much!
We received the following email and wanted to share. If you are interested in submitting a proposal to present about our work, let us know. The deadline is October 20th to submit a proposal. Hi John, I have been following your zero waste group from afar and would like to connect. I am on the board of the NC composting council and we are hosting a happy hour social at Sierra Nevada Oct 25th with the goal of bringing together the composting and zero waste community of WNC. We would love for you to spread word within your group and to have a presence. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sustainable-spirits-west-oct-25-2019-tickets-66246656533 Also I am sure you may already be aware but there is an upcoming Food Waste Solutions Summit in Asheville in November. http://www.abfoodpolicy.org/food-waste-solutions-summit-2/ I would also encourage you submit a presentation on your work for one of the ignite sessions.... https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeSGuU5B6raXUQN4r6APyf2aLQyG8CUF-bIgl0KDK01OSIzOA/viewform Hopefully all this good energy will build towards building a better model of sustainability for our region. Thank you for all the [...]
In March, we hosted the Use Food Scraps symposium. A part of the event was an essay contest where members of our community gave suggestions for keeping food out of our landfill. Those suggestions have been used to create a community poster! We received a $100 donation to print the posters and the poster will be unveiled during our presentation to the Transylvania Natural Resource Council this Friday. Many thanks to everyone who made this possible and to Thea for using her skills to analyze these essays and bring them together as a community asset!
What a fantastic gathering at Cup and Saucer September 5th! Thanks to Gail for organizing our visit with them and thanks to Gail for purchasing a sampling of goodies for us to try. I know I am sold after trying their food. We enjoyed meeting Elisabeth, one of the owners. She explained all they do to reduce their waste and asked for input from us. We shared a few ideas and a joint event may be in the works! Pretty excited about it. We will announce more as it develops. Elisabeth shared they use Rooster Head Plantation's compost drop off for their food waste! Woo hoo! A few of us stepped up to take some of their compost. John and I are always looking for food scraps and coffee grounds to help with our soil production. Many thanks to all who made this possible and who shared the gift of community. It makes our world a better place.
Last week, Jacqui of Rooster Head Plantation asked if we could help with their community compost drop-off facility. "Sure" I said, "how can we help?" She told us some of the issues she was facing and we recommended signage and some gates to keep the compost in the bin, especially when the chickens work to mix it up. After enjoying a wonderful dinner, we headed to the compost drop-off site and got to work. James prepared to hang more signs James brought wood painted and ready to make signs and some giant markers. He also brought a drill and screws. We asked who had good hand writing and Justin stepped up and grabbed a marker and got to work making signs to help guide contributors to add wood chips to their donation. Su and Ed got to work turning the compost and soon a chicken joined in and started scratching around the pile. We had the site fixed-up in no time and Jacqui took some [...]
Love sweet love, It is what the world needs now. Taking in the national news usually leaves me feeling less than hopeful. “They” keep talking about deep divisions in our communities. When I am in our community, I feel love and support and hope. When we gather and share a meal, leave no waste or clean up for our host, as an act of kindness, I feel love and unity. Sharing a meal with a community member is a bonding experience. The food that is presented by those attending is delicious and you can feel the love that went into providing it for our shared dining table. Each person brings their own place setting and it is always a joy for me to see the diversity our community table is set with. It is art, fluid community art. Last week, as someone was setting their place at the table, another member told me that was the dish pattern they grew up with. We both smiled. What a nice [...]