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/
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 email@example.com or call 828-966-5367 for more information. Thanks!
What a great evening. Noel and Patrick put together information for us to consider regarding a plant-based diet and the effects our food has on us and our community. The place was packed and it was wonderful to see so many new faces. The food was fantastic as always. I personally loved all the vegan food and enjoyed trying different dishes. I especially enjoyed the brownies. Yum! Thanks to all who attended. It was amazing to spend time with such members of our wonderful community!
We are super excited to announce we have joined with Pisgah Collective to offer family-friendly zero-waste education gatherings at the Cedar Mountain Canteen the 3rd Thursday of every month, starting in March! We will start the evenings at 5:30 pm with a social gathering until 6 pm. We will enjoy a zero-waste potluck from 6 - 6:30 pm. We will supply food and place settings for families to ease the burden of preparing a dish. If you are able to bring a covered dish to share, that would be fantastic. The education will take place from 6:30 - 7:30 pm with Pisgah Collective offering programs for children. How wonderful! We will be collecting donations to cover the cost of Pisgah Collective's staff and supplies. Please let us know if you would like help. Working as a community to study together. How fun is that!
At a recent gathering we talked about ways to make our events more family-friendly. Several ideas were shared and we also heard that some folks don’t attend because they don’t have a dish to share. Work and other obligations can make it difficult for folks to prepare a dish to share, especially on a weeknight. We always offer help to community members in our newsletter and what better way to help a neighbor than to feed them and share a meal together? Please feel free to join us even if you don’t have food to share or your own non-disposable place setting. We always have an abundance of delicious food and extra place settings. We would love to share a meal with you and enjoy your company. All are welcome.
Join us this Thursday for a zero-waste potluck and to celebrate the soft opening of Transylvania Shares! After months of planning, rolling up our sleeves and cleaning and stocking our new fantastic location, it is time for us to start sharing! How exciting!!! Thanks to everyone who pledged and help us make this a possibility! We are located at 10771 Greenville Highway, Cedar Mountain in the Cedar Mountain Canteen. We will be gathering at 6 pm! If able, please bring a dish to share and your own non-disposable place setting and beverage glass. All are welcome to join us and dine with us even if you don’t have a dish to share. We’ve got you covered. We are looking forward to celebrating the creation of a new business in our community that helps reduce consumption and our impact on the environment. What a super fantastic community we live in!
During our January First Thursday Moving to Zero-waste education gathering, the topic of making our education series family-friendly came up. Wes mentioned he knew of some families who wanted to attend but were concerned their children may make it difficult for the attendees to concentrate. We also heard about other obstacles that may inhibit families from joining us in fellowship as we support each other in our accomplishments towards moving our community to a zero-waste. Here is a shortlist of barriers I heard: Lack of child care or activities that would educate young children Preparing a dish to share can be difficult for many Bringing their own place-settings can be a challenge for some Start and end times ( 6 – 8 pm) make it difficult for families with young children to participate. I have also heard from parents that it is difficult to embrace zero-waste with such a busy life of work, school, and children. I have heard that from my own daughter. Being retired gives John [...]
When folks ask us how we can only have 1 bag of trash a year, many specifically ask about food packaging. It makes up a lot of the bulk of folk’s waste. Buying in bulk has eliminated an immense amount of waste in our household, especially when we can use our own containers. We have used our own jars at the Hendersonville Coop and at Food Matters in Brevard. We usually get a better price on products by buying in bulk. Buying local is another important way to reduce your waste. I decided to try to see if our local market, in Cedar Mountain, Whistlestop, could help me reduce my travel and provide me with bulk food items. I contacted them and asked if they could get me a 25-pound bag of dried, organic garbanzo beans. They could and beat the price per pound of my traditional shopping markets so I ordered them. Just by word of mouth I have sold almost all of the beans for the [...]