On Thursday, July 30th, a group of dedicated volunteers showed up to work after a downpour. It didn't rain a drop after we got started. Barbara Grimm, the principle of Davidson River School had a lot of projects ready for us to tackle. A new compost facility Thanks to a pallet donation from Sylvan Sport, we were able to create a compost facility at the school so students can turn their food scraps into dirt. Gabriel Covington, a student from Brevard College, helped us put the facility together. It is so great to spend time with Gabriel. He is always anxious to be part of a community project and he brings the energy of his youth. Thanks Gabriel for your help! Kathleen Hannigan, a local artist, helped us add a community art piece the facility, just as we did at Rise and Shine. Kathleen set up a table and got busy sawing wood planks for use in the compost tree we [...]
This past spring, we worked with other community partners to prepare and give away plant starts at the Hunger Coalition's food distribution. The project was a great success and patrons at the distribution have continued to ask for plants. One person shared photos of her plants and they were stunning! Thanks, Shane for passing these on. Shane is on the Hunger Coalition's board and a member of our project, Eating Consciously. Because a large part of Moving to Conservers' work focuses on eliminating the thought that anything is disposable, we have updated our tag that goes with the plants asking for the return of pots and unused soil from the previous distribution. Thanks to John Lawson for creating and updating the tag for us! Reuse helps in so many ways. One of our greatest needs for continuing the plant give-away is high-quality soil Composting creates soil and soil is one of the things we need the most in order to support this [...]
First - are you starting extra fall veggies for us to give away, in cooperation with Hunger Coalition, in Rosman and Brevard? Or do you know people who will give us starts? Ask soon! Here's a learning option, if you are undecided to take on the fall garden ... Online Seminar:Keep Your Vegetable Garden Growing into the Fall Saturday, August 15, 2020, 10 a.m. to noon by Master Gardener ℠ Volunteers of Buncombe County Presenter: Alan Wagner, Buncombe Extension Master GardenerSM Volunteer Vegetable gardening does not have to end in September. You can plant a fall garden and extend your growing season with a second harvest into the fall/winter. Photography ulrich22/Shutterstock Click here for full details and to register on Eventbrite for this free program.
Susan Lefler shared this dear story of the pig bucket and using food scraps. Thanks Susan for sharing. Since “plague” is now a constant theme in our lives, it’s seems logical to begin my pig feeding history with my childhood in North Carolina before polio vaccine was available. People were vaccinated against small pox and so polio had become the scourge and fear for families. I have not double-checked to see if polio outbreaks were seasonal, but I remember the drama occurring in the summer. My parents were both employed by the UNC Chapel Hill, my mother as a reference librarian, my dad as head of the university’s Audio Visual Bureau. When they had to make a work-related trip anywhere that might attract crowds (I especially remember Cherokee being one), I spent the time with my mother’s parents who farmed in Rockingham County near Reidsville, NC. In addition to necessary trips, since my parents worked full time, I often spent weeks in the summer on the farm. Although [...]
The Hunger Coalition and Moving to Conservers are working together again to give away plants this fall for those who are food insecure. Here is a note Gail Kinard from the Hunger Coalition shared: Hi Everyone, Shane and I are organizing a fall plant give-away at an upcoming Hunger Coalition food distribution. The spring plant give-away was extremely successful, and some people are still asking for plants at the distribution so we're hoping that the fall distribution will be just as good! Ideally, we would get the plants distributed in early August, but I'm not sure we can get everything together by then, so it looks like it might be Sept. 3rd. Shane and I are going to talk through some of the details tomorrow, but she has already gotten a commitment from Kate at Gaia to once again donate plant starts. We're thinking of focusing on four or five different fall crops. We will still need pots and soil, and volunteers to help pot the starts. Barbara Grimm's husband [...]
We received this email from Barbara Grimm, the principal at Davidson River School. Interested in helping? Email and let her know. Hey everyone, since COVID, William and I have been working hard to beautify the Davidson River Campus. We have raised beds with fresh vegetables and a beautiful pollinator garden behind our picnic shed. We are also working to build a greenhouse out of recycled materials to begin growing food hydroponically. My intention is to create something beautiful and life-sustaining for our students to come back to. I am at the place where I could use a bit more help and wanted to invite anyone interested to meet at the school on Thursday, July 30th at 5:00, Rain date is Tuesday, August 4th. I still need to do some weeding , outlining beds, spreading mulch and planting new plants. We may also be at a point where we need help with the greenhouse. I promise there is enough space and areas that we don't have to be right [...]
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Eating Consciously – as we eat at home more our food scraps increase. Your scraps can help us feed our neighborsComposting, Eating Consciously, Growing food, Help a Neighbor, Moving to Zero-waste, Use Food Scraps
Eating Consciously – as we eat at home more our food scraps increase. Your scraps can help us feed our neighbors
For years, Moving to Conservers has worked to change what we define as waste and trash, especially when it comes to food. Reducing food waste is considered one of the number one things we can do to increase the health of our environment. Diverting food scraps to farms helps them feed our local community. For some articles on the topic and ways you can use or let others use your food scraps go here: https://movingtoconservers.com/category/composting/
John and I joined ShareWaste a couple of years ago but there were few if any others in the area signed up. I honestly had forgotten about it. A few weeks ago, we were contacted by someone in Mills River looking for a home for her food scraps. She had found us on ShareWaste. We met in the Walmart parking lot in Brevard and we received a 5-gallon bucket of much-needed scraps for our compost system. We never have enough scraps to produce the amount of compost we need for our garden. Now we have a new stream and are looking for more. If you have scraps you would like to put to use let us know and/or sign-up on ShareWaste and let's increase our community's ability to feed itself. You can find the website here: https://sharewaste.com/ They also have an app you can download for your phone. Happy food scraping :)
Help us celebrate as we kick off our first podcast! We have started a new project called Eating Consciously and we are kicking it off by releasing our first podcast. Our first guest is Evan Parker and he is a member of the Eating Consciously team that is helping us learn the impact our food choices have on others. We really enjoyed the conversation with Evan and look forward to many more. Thanks Evan! This Podcast, Eating Consciously was recorded July 5, 2020. Evan Parker was interviewed by Kim Coram and John Wiseman. We hope you enjoy the conversation as much as we did.