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 [...]
Bees. Honey. Mead: Thursday’s Mead Tasting has been postponed. The community potluck is still going on. Looking forward to it.
The Meadhouse Meadary of Brevard has had to reschedule their mead tasting scheduled for this Thursday. We will still have our community potluck and community discussion. We look forward to an amazing time together. On Thursday, July 29th, the Meadhouse of Brevard will be doing a presentation on bees, honey and making mead and treat us to a tasting of their product. We will start with a zero-waste potluck at 6 pm and the presentation will start at 6:30 pm. If you are able, please bring a covered dish to share, preferably plant based, and your own non-disposable place setting. If you don't have time or the means to bring something to share, please come. We would love to feed you. The presentation will be at the Cedar Mountain Canteen at 10771 Greenville, Highway, Cedar Mountain. We look forward to spending time 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.
We need help! We have more demand for composting services than we can handle. We are looking for someone to help us increase composting in the county. We have about 6 - 8 hours of work a week, some flexible hours. We can provide all the training. If you are interested, please let us know. We would love to help someone start their own company and help provide services we can't keep up with. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 304-482-3062. Thanks! Kim & John
Join us for a potluck on Thursday June 17th at 6 pm & and a class on about applied mycology from Leif
We will host a potluck on Thursday June 17th at 6 pm at the Cedar Mountain Canteen. Please bring a covered dish to share and your own non-disposable place setting. Plant-based meals are encouraged and all dishes are welcome. Everyone is welcome to join us. We look forward to getting together. At 6:30 pm we will enjoy an informal talk by Leif Olsen about applied mycology and focus on having plenty of Q&A about topics people are interested in. Leif Olson is an environmental scientist and educator with a background spanning ecological field research, environmental chemistry, soil health management and mushroom farming. He worked for two years as a cultivation manager at Pisgah Gourmet, a local mushroom farm in Brevard, NC and currently operates Integrated Land Enhancement, an environmental consulting and education business based in Asheville, NC. Leif has taught all over the country about fungi, soil, plants, compost and more. He also started co-hosting the Applied Mycology podcast earlier this year, a show featuring discussions with co-host [...]
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 [...]
Many thanks to Noel for putting together our virtual seed swap this year. Unfortunately, she is unable to participate further at this time. She is a great motivator and organizer and we are grateful for her energy and attention. Here is a list of seeds and plants we have available. You don't need to provide seeds to get seeds. These are free to anyone who can use them. Thanks for sharing and for helping keep seed diversity alive. Dakota Black Popcorn Little Blue Popcorn Bloody Butcher Corn (Dent) Oaxaca Green Corn (Dent) Stowell's Evergreen Sweet Corn Hidatsa Shield Figure Bean Greasy Cut Short Bean Jacob's Cattle Bean The following seeds are available from Tory Nergert. Please email Torry at email@example.com if you would like any of the seeds below. If you are interested in any of the items below, please contact Kim or John at firstname.lastname@example.org Iris - we have a mat of them. They need divided and you are welcome to as many as [...]
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 [...]
A wonderful resource for home gardeners and farmers of all size:, just in time for spring garden dreams: The Hidden Half of Nature, The Microbial Roots of Life and Health by David R. Montgomery, Anne Bikle In The Hidden Half of Nature, Montgomery and Bikle start a garden in their poor soil back yard. That led directly to the need for organic compost, via giving us the history to understand microbial life in a decent soil, why their initial soil had it’s particular components, and other wonderful revelations. The next part of their journey was to review and change their diet, to support their immune systems and, in this case, prevent cancer. This includes how human bodies work and, very timely, how infection gets to humans from other animals. They talk about domestic animals and the development of targeted vaccination… covid and wild animal access to humans, for example. The next chapters move back to food, a study comparing an animal based diet (meat & cheese) and [...]