[et_pb_section fb_built="1" _builder_version="3.0.47"][et_pb_row _builder_version="3.0.48" background_size="initial" background_position="top_left" background_repeat="repeat"][et_pb_column type="4_4" _builder_version="3.0.47"][et_pb_text _builder_version="3.0.74" background_size="initial" background_position="top_left" background_repeat="repeat"] On Sunday April 7th, Val Gerdes, of Whistlestop Market, Tin Roof Pizza and the DFR Room took time out of her beyond busy schedule to teach us a few “chef tricks” on how to use food scraps in cooking. It started with raw potato skins and ended with an amazing meal, all in attendance were sent home with, courtesy of Whistlestop Market. We arrived with a jar to bring caramel home with and left with potato skin appetizers, chicken and dumplings, apple crisp and homemade caramel. Thank you Whistlestop Market for feeding us! The class was free and we all donated money to the Cedar Mountain Community Center, at the request of Val. The Community Center looks amazing. Volunteers have been working hard to get it ready foranother year of community gatherings, potlucks and rentals. [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]
Thanks to everyone who made it possible and attended. They say a picture is worth 1000 words so I thought I would share some. I will follow up with details from each day. For now, please enjoy some pictures. You can see a great article about the essay contest winners in The Transylvania Times here: https://www.transylvaniatimes.com/story/2019/04/01/news/essay-winners-tackle-what-to-do-with-food-scraps/40205.html Many thanks to them for the coverage!
Use Food Scraps Saturday's education and entrepreneur support day is coming together wonderfully. Here is a list of the classes and offerings during the day. Thanks to everyone who is making this possible! Title: Compost Demystified Instructor: Leif Olson 10 am - 12 pm Creating rich fertile soil is one of the most important activities we can do as people, and compost production is one of the best ways to do this. However, not all compost is created equal and people following textbook prescriptions often fall short of making top quality compost. The good news is, with a basic understanding of the art of building a compost pile and the science of what’s going on inside the pile, anyone can create top-notch compost in their backyard that will surpass the quality of anything that can be purchased at a gardening store. Not to mention the added bonus of diverting waste streams like food scraps, coffee grounds, and cardboard from burdening our landfills and recycling facilities. In this workshop [...]
With spring and warm weather just around the corner, it’s hard not to start planning this year’s garden, or even getting out and doing some early “spring cleaning.” Thrifty gardeners will be checking their seed supplies and perusing the latest batch of seed catalogs. Hold onto that order – Moving to Conservers will be holding a Seed Swap on February 21, 2019 at the Wolfbrew Bottle Shop at 36 Main St., Brevard, starting at 6 p.m. The swap will be held in conjunction with a zero-waste potluck supper. Participants should bring a dish to share along with a non-disposable place setting. The event is free and open to anyone who would like to swap seeds for vegetables, fruit, herbs or flowers. Even those who don’t have seeds to swap can come talk gardening, and they may just come away with some seeds to plant! Saved seeds brought to swap should be labeled with as much information available, including the name of the plant, the variety, year of production, [...]
On April 27th from 6 - 10 pm, Rise and Shine will hold its annual fundraiser Motown Memories. It is a wonderful event and a lot of fun. Last year, many members of the group Moving to Conservers enjoyed the event. As many events do, disposable plates and such were used to serve 175 meals. Members of Conservers approached the planning committee and asked if we could help plan next years event with a goal to make it a zero-waste event. They said yes! The first planning meeting was held this week and the planning paperwork had been updated to include the zero-waste goal! Fantastic. We are having a lot of fun trying to figure out how to accomplish the goal. If you have ideas or experience in making events zero-waste we would greatly appreciate learning from you. You can email me at email@example.com anytime. One of the easiest ways to support those working towards zero-waste is by voting with your dollars and/or time. If you want to [...]
The Use Food Scraps Symposium is being held March 28, 29 & 30th. Day 3 will include education and entrepreneur support labs at Just Ripe Farms. Details are as follows: March 30, 2019 at Just Ripe Farm Education & Entrepreneur Support Labs 10 am – Noon Learn from community experts on how to divert food scraps via a variety of classes. Noon – 2 pm Community Conversation on next steps. Join us for a zero-waste potluck & community conversation. Bring a dish to share and a non-disposable place setting and beverage. 2 pm - 4 pm Learn from community experts on how to divert food scraps via a variety of classes. Participate in creating public art with Pisgah Collective & others... 4 pm – 5 pm Entrepreneur Support Labs. Let’s find out how we can support solutions & those interested in providing them! The Food Scrap Symposium is a series of community gatherings of study, conversation and local action on March 28, 29 & 30, 2019. Made possible [...]
Planning is under way for the Use Food Scraps Symposium being held March 28, 29 & 30th. Day 2 will include a movie night at Oskar Blues Taproom. Draft details are as follows: Friday March 29, 2019 Anthony Bourdain's Wasted! The story of food waste. 5 – 7 pm Meet community members & entrepreneurs working towards a solution 7 – 8:30 pm Movie Use Food Scraps Symposium A 3 day event bringing the community together for study, discussion and action towards keeping food out of our landfill. The Food Scrap Symposium is a series of community gatherings of study, conversation and local action on March 28, 29 & 30, 2019. Made possible by the following community members: Moving to Conservers, Just Ripe Farms, Oskar Blues Brewery, Transylvania County Solid Waste Authority, & The Hunger Coalition of Transylvania County. Visit UseFoodScraps.com for details
The Food Scrap Symposium is a series of community gatherings of study, conversation and local action on March 28, 29 & 30, 2019. Made possible by the following community members: Moving to Conservers, Just Ripe Farms, Oskar Blues Brewery, Transylvania County Solid Waste Authority, & The Hunger Coalition of Transylvania County. The mission of the Use Food Scraps Symposium is to connect food scrap producers with those who can use food scraps and identify associated entrepreneurial opportunities. Food scraps are a resource many in our community can use to feed livestock and produce soil. Currently there are few opportunities for producers and consumers of food scraps to connect. Our goal is to help foster those connections. All are welcome to be a part of the event. We look forward to learning and taking action together.
Thanks Susan for sharing your story of your visit! Visit to Vermont Composting - August 23 Karl Hammer, owner of Vermont Composting, Montpelier VT, toured me around the 25 year old facility. It was a great education and the best conversation I’ve had in a long time. My reason to visit: Moving to Conserver interest in developing compost options, including a small commercial facility) Highlights noted … The farm sits on a hill, at the edge of Montpelier. As homes moved closer, VC has accommodated urban neighbors with contracts re smell/noise, a pro-active step. When food scraps arrive, chickens are FIRST handlers, about 1000 of them of all ages, free range and housed in 16x24 nested, moveable sheds. Benefits - immediate treatment of bugs, smelly garbage, reveals inadvertent trash. There is no grain added to diet. Eggs are a staff benefit and for sale - a significant income line. They are protected by mules and electric fence. Processing into defined products occurs as named piles are mixed and [...]