Join us for a community pop-up kitchen October 28th. We will have a grinding mill onsite if you have things you want to turn into flour like corn, beans, grain. We will be making apple cider vinegar as a community and you can take some home with you to finish off. We will have our fire pit going and be cooking food. It is a great way to celebrate fall and the harvest and help the community process food together. Looking forward to a wonderful evening together!
Compost, compost, compost compost! A day rarely goes by when John and I don't receive a request to help someone with their compost. We are currently working to accommodate three different compost requests. First, folks are asking if we can pick up their food scraps. Second, folks are asking if we can help them set up their own compost bin and help maintain it. Third, we are working with an organization to help them set-up an onsite compost facility so they can divert food scraps from the landfill. Awareness of the value of composting is definitely on the rise. We need help. How can you help? Sign up with Share Waste. Do you want food scraps? We need more places to take food scraps. If you would like more scraps for your compost system, please let us know. Even better, sign up on the Share Waste app and let folks know! Do you want your scraps picked up? Sign up on the Share Waste app and let folks [...]
Hello Moving to Conservers Family. We are hosting potlucks every Thursday at the Cedar Mountain Canteen from 6 - 8 pm. These are casual get-togethers and all are welcome. Please bring a dish to share if you are able and a non-disposable place setting. We strive for zero-waste events. Plant-based meals are encouraged. You do not need to bring food to join in. If you are hungry, we will feed you. Looking forward to spending time together.
This Thursday we are hosting a zero-waste potluck at the Cedar Mountain Canteen on June 24th at 6 pm. This will be a low-key gathering. We will enjoy a potluck and bring back our zero-waste tips clothesline. What is that? Folks have shared their ideas about how to move to zero waste by creating a flag that we hang on a clothesline. You can read suggestions from others and create your own flag to add to the line. We provide the material scraps and the markers. It is a fun way to share. All are welcome. Please bring a covered dished to share if you are able. If not, please join us. We would love to feed you. Please bring your own non-disposable place setting too. Plant-based meals are encouraged. All food is welcome. We have had so many delicious plant-based meals. It is an amazing meal. Looking forward to sharing a meal together.
Leif Olsen treated us to an incredible discussion about mycology. Wow, the stuff is everywhere, thank goodness. We had an amazing turnout and the food was divine. Thank you Leif for sharing your time and knowledge and thanks to everyone who shared their time and delicious goodies. Over 40 people enjoying the evening and our trash can didn't even notice. Thanks everyone for supporting zero-waste events. It is so kind to not leave a lot of garbage for folks to clean up.
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 [...]
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 [...]
Are you looking for a New Year's Resolution? How about taking the Veganuary challenge? Here is what it says on their website: Since 2014, Veganuary has inspired and supported more than one million people in 192 countries to try vegan for January – and beyond. We have worked with businesses to drive up vegan food options in shops and restaurants, and have made veganism more visible and accessible through our work with national and international media. Our Eating Consciously crew is here to help. What can we do to help you if you decide to take the challenge? Let us know. You can email us here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kathryn Parker of our Eating Consciously team shared an amazing podcast I have listened to twice and will probably listen to again. It was a fascinating conversation about communication and applies to a lot of topics. I highly recommend it and am grateful Kathryn shared it. You can find it here: https://player.whooshkaa.com/episode?id=760013 Here is the description: In Episode 112 I sit down with Harvard-educated Psychologist and best selling author Melanie Joy to discuss how we form our beliefs about food and how vegans can have healthier, more productive, conversations with non-vegans. An episode that I believe will be highly instructive regardless of the diet that you follow.