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 [...]
Maureen sent this request for help and we wanted to pass it along. Blue Zone project is having their big kick-off event on Aug 22nd from 10 to 1. They are going to be having a series of booths in their parking lot where they are giving out info etc. Sort of a small Farmers Market...same social distancing precautions etc. I have volunteered to man the garden booth where they will be giving out seeds for fall planting... kale, spinach, arugula and I think they are getting some plant starts from Gaia to also give away (kale, chard, collards, broccoli, cabbage). I'm wondering if there is anyone from the Conservers who would like to come and help man the booth with me? Can you put out the word and see if anyone feels comfortable doing this. We will have spacing between booths, masks required, hand sanitizer. Thanks Maureen If you are interested in helping, please let Maureen know by emailing her at email@example.com Thanks!
Sunday, ten of us met at Rooster Head Plantation with masks and gloves to pot plants to be given away at this week's Hunger Coalition's food distribution. We tracked our numbers to ensure we stayed within the Governor's guidelines for gatherings. Thanks to donations from Gaia Herbs, Master Gardeners, Moving to Conservers members, Rooster Head Plantation and others, we were able to plant over 50 plants to be given to those who are interested in growing their own food. We used a lot of locally-made compost to fill the pots. How super fantastic is that! We received an amazing assortment of herbs and vegetables. We also received a large assortment of pots and plants to share those with folks who do not have a place to plant. While programs like this have been done in the past, their success is limited without encouragement and follow through. We are working on that in hopes of building relationships and expanding the amount of food grown locally. Bart of our local [...]
Moving to Conservers is looking for vegetable seedling donations. Join us Thursday for a conference call at 5:30 pm!
Our last gathering, via conference call, was absolutely fantastic. Thanks to those who dialed in and shared your love and thoughts for our community. An initiative that continues our work in the community was born and we are moving full speed ahead. We are having another call this Thursday if you would like to join in the fun. Here is a note Maureen sent out regarding the project. Let us know if you would like to help! Moving to Conservers, a grassroots organization committed to community, sustainability and zero-waste, is working on an initiative to help people learn/start to grow their own food. If anyone has extra vegetable plant seedlings that you don't need the Conservers are looking for plant donations. These would be collected and then given to people interested in starting to grow their own food. If you have seedling donations let me know and we'll coordinate! We are hosting a conference call this Thursday at 5:30 pm. No internet is needed, just a telephone. We [...]
We sure do miss seeing everyone and sharing a meal together. There is no doubt our stress level is significantly reduced right now because of the changes we have made in our lives because of the help and support of Moving to Conservers. We are grateful for our loving community. This current situation is the type Moving to Conservers has been preparing for. Our focus has been on moving our community to a more sustainable one, especially when it comes to producing our own food. By promoting a zero-waste community we have learned so many different ways to live that have significantly reduced our waste and increased our resilience. Moving to one bag of trash a year came with small and big changes. It is amazing how we live our lives now, how we eat, and how we examine every bit of "waste" before committing it to the "trash". We have learned that there is no such thing as disposable. It usually goes somewhere else and usually impacts [...]
We sure do miss sharing meals with each other. John and I do not have internet service at home but we do have a landline. We visit a local hot spot in order to access email and the internet. We would love to touch base via a conference call if folks are interested. Let us know by completing this one question survey. If there is interest, we will set up a call. Hope to hear from you!
With social distancing being our new normal and having our grandchildren for 7 days we have taken this opportunity to teach them a few things in between their online schooling. We worked with them as we planted potatoes, asparagus, onions, and rhubarb. We have a trail in our yard and they have hiked and biked it and recently we took them rock climbing for the first time on a small ledge in our yard. We live on the continental divide and it is a wondrous place. It backs up to Mountain Bridge Wilderness and it is wild. They have learned to make homemade noodles and pizza in our wood-fired pizza oven. It is a joy to mentor them and spend time with them. We have also spent a lot of time on the phone checking in on neighbors and family. It is nice to have conversations instead of text and emails, which we get occasionally when we drive to wifi access. I am deeply touched by the amount [...]
What a great gathering! We enjoyed a wonderful zero-waste, mostly plant-based potluck with lots of new faces and lots of familiar ones. It was fantastic. Evan shared information about the sustainability of plant-based diets. He took questions after he wrapped up his talk and I learned a bit and enjoyed hearing the questions from others. Many thanks to Evan and all who made it possible, a special thank you to WolfBrew Bottle shop for their continued hospitality, and thanks to the NAACP for letting us borrow their PA system. Next month's topic in on using food scraps and I am looking forward to the 3 presenters who have agreed to share with us. Thanks so much! Evan sent the following for those who are interested in learning more. Thanks so much Evan! Here is an excerpt from my thesis: https://medium.com/@evanparker32392/veganism-as-a-strategy-for-sustainability-f3319509d143 Here is my TED Talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/evan_parker_veganism_as_a_strategy_for_sustainability
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/