Transylvania Shares is looking for volunteers and board members. We have received amazing donations like an electric lawnmower and tiller, power tools, a case of white tablecloths and on and on. We need help getting our inventory updated, getting more members, you name it. If you are interested in helping Transylvania Shares, contact them at TransylvaniaShares@gmail.com
We received this wonderful email and request from one of our members. Please let Yvette know if you can help! What a wonderful way to celebrate a holiday, working together and building community! Thanks Yvette for reaching out and organizing this! Hi there, I am part of your Moving to Conservers group. I am reaching out to you from my non-profits email today though because we are partnering with Brevard Rotary to do trash pick up on Wilson Rd on March 13th. Would you and some of your members be willing to join my team? I need 5+ people to join. Since it's close to St. Patrick's Day I'm going to have my team dress in garb to have fun and help us stand out more on the road. Thank you for your time. Yvette Brooks firstname.lastname@example.org
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 [...]
In honor of Black History Month, we wanted to share this announcement that was shared with us. What a wonderful community building event! Background: The Mary C Jenkins Community Center (MCJCC) Board is sponsoring a community-wide poetry contest to honor Black History Month and recognize progress re-establishing the MCJCC. Poetry is IT right now. Amanda Gorman, our first National Youth Poet Laureate, 22 years old, moved us deeply with her inauguration poem, The Hill We Climb. Also in January, Kwame Alexander (poet who visited the Transylvania County library in April 2019!), crowdsourced a poem to offer people a way to “write our way out of the unprecedented events of the past year and into a space of possibility.” Kwame and National Public Radio received 2,500 entries from people of all ages for the crowdsourced poem. Less than 50 were crafted into the final poem, This is Our Dream, which includes a submission by teacher Jeanne DeJong, from 5th graders at Brevard Elementary School! https://www.npr.org/2021/01/28/960688815/this-is-our-dream-a-crowdsourced-poem-to-inspire-hope That Brevard is represented in this poem, [...]
The Capital of our country was stormed yesterday. I am still stunned. I am thinking of our community and our neighbors and wondering how we are doing. We love you. If you need someone to talk with, we are here. Our phone numbers are 828-966-5367 and 304-482-3062. Love, Kim and John
One of my favorite events we host is the annual Gift of Time Pop-up Coffee house. We gather for food in downtown Brevard, share conversation and focus on the gift of sharing our time instead of material items. It always warms my heart when strangers who are walking by join us and share. The day has filled my heart with gratitude and I will miss it dearly this year. We look forward to bringing the event back next year and hope everyone has a wonderful, safe and blessed holiday season. Our community is amazing and our love runs deep.
How would you re-purpose campaign signs? We are about to get a bunch. Help us find new uses for them!
Soon the elections will be over and all the campaign materials will go where? A couple of political parties in Transylvania county are interested in keeping their signs out of the landfill and we have offered to help. I ran for office in 2012 and served for 4 years. I decided not to seek another term so my stored campaign signs needed to find a new purpose. They have since helped prop up bean crops, provided backing for a bench a friend made, and been turned around and used for new signs. They are still with us and going strong. We need help collecting signs and finding new homes and uses for them. Have thoughts and ideas? Please share them. We look forward to hearing from you.
Registration is open for the summit! Looks like a great event. John and I have enrolled and are looking forward to learning together. I took the following from their website: We Can’t Breathe: Policing, Pollution, Public Violence, and Pandemic This year, we are focusing our hearts and attention on the multiple crises that harm our communities – namely the public violence of policing, pollution, and the pandemic – and how our collective struggle can transform that harm into wellbeing for our communities. To promote the safety of our community members, we have planned for this year’s Summit to be held online for the month of October. We will be gathering via email, social media, on Zoom, and by word of mouth to continue to practice solidarity and prove that our strength in numbers is not changed by any force! In addition to the virtual events, for the month of October, we will be asking our members and others to join in completing weekly action challenges as well [...]
Thanks to everyone who responded to our question about providing plant-based meals in our community. We had a great response! We would love to have a community conversation on the topic and get more feedback. Please answer this short survey so we can explore our next step.