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. 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. Please contact Jacqui directly with any questions. It is amazing how our [...]
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 [...]
We are super excited to announce our family-friendly moving to zero-waste series with education for children provided by Pisgah Collective. You can see the details here: https://movingtoconservers.com/event/join-us-for-a-family-friendly-potluck-gathering-at-the-cedar-mountain-canteen/
Last year, Motown Memories fundraiser went zero-waste and as a result we now have Transylvania Shares sharing club in our community. They have asked if we will make the event zero-waste again and we said, "You bet!" We need help. The event is April 25th from 6 - 10 pm and we have a few tasks we still need filled. Families are welcome and encouraged. We love teaching folks how to move to zero-waste. Please email Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 828-966-5367 for more information. Thanks!
April 25, 2020 Motown Memories Rise and Shine fundraiser Zero-waste dinner Here we go again – volunteers needed. We have been asked again to help with Motown Memories fundraiser to become a zero-waste event. If you were a part of the team last year, we would love to get together and brainstorm ways to improve on last year’s operations. It was our first time moving an event of this size to zero-waste and I personally learned a lot as I am sure many who were a part of the team did as well. Please let me know if you are interested in being a part of the team this year and/or if you are willing to get together and brainstorm ways to improve our work. Thanks so much!
We received this request for help. Please let Lauren know if you are interested in helping. Thanks, Lauren for reaching out and helping our community move to zero-waste! Lauren Agrella-Sevilla <email@example.com> Hi John and Kim, Thank you so much for leading the way for Moving to Conservers! There is so much good going on! I'm really excited about it. We have two small children and evening gatherings are hard for us to make, so we have yet to make a potluck, but I am following with interest all of the work you're doing. Thank you! As a former high school teacher and administrator, I am very interested in the ways we can work with our schools to reduce waste. I met several weeks ago with the head of food and nutrition at the Transylvania County Schools to begin to understand why so many single-use cafeteria trays are being used at all of our county schools (I noticed this visiting our first-grader at Brevard Elementary School). She is pretty [...]
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!
Woo hoo! Moving to Conservers. We are doing amazing things through study, conversation, and local action! As I made my list of topics to cover in the upcoming newsletter, I was stunned by what we have going on! So many of you are bringing zero-waste suggestions to other groups. Many of you are modeling the behavior and aiding the group as they move to a zero-waste practice. Thank you. I wish I could share the joy I receive in emails and on phone conversations when guiding someone in our community who wants to incorporate zero-waste practices in their lives. I remember the smile on a friend’s face as she told me she had gone to Spice it To a Tea with her own tea jar and eliminated tea boxes, wrappers, and bags from life. She composts the tea leaves and now has a waste-free cup of tea. She said it was a little thing but it felt good. Exactly. But it is not a little thing. It is [...]
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 [...]