Plant-based locally prepared and commercially available food just got a few steps closer to being a reality

Last Thursday on our Moving to Conservers conference call, we enjoyed a conversation with 2 individuals interested in providing plant-based meals in our community.  We talked about goals and obstacles towards reaching those goals.  We talked about ways we could help each other and discussed what next steps would be and then we made plans to start those next steps. And the next day, Friday, we started.  We are super excited to be a part of the conversation and to support those in our community who want to make plant-based meals easily available in our community.  I have no doubt we can and will make this happen.  Thanks to the amazing response from our amazing readers who let us know just how many of us want this in our community. Looking forward to sharing a meal together. I do apologize for not recording the conversation.  I did advertise we would share it and I did not turn on the recording.

By |2020-11-23T10:40:27-05:00November 23rd, 2020|Categories: Eating Consciously, Food|

Let’s talk about locally made plant-based meals this Thursday at 6 pm

Thanks to the many people who have shared their thoughts about a community conversation focused on locally prepared plant-based meals.  We have had a fantastic response.  Let's get together on a conference call this Thursday at 6 pm.  We will dedicate an hour to the conversation and record it and share it as a podcast! About half of the responses to our survey were interested in an in-person socially distanced meeting and we hope to get to that in the future.  John and I worked the polls on election day and may have contracted COVID.  While we wait for our test results to get back we will be hosting the conversation virtually. In order to join the call dial (515) 604-9916 Access code: 523174# Instructions: At the scheduled date and time, dial into the conference. When prompted, enter the access code. We look forward to the conversation and working together in our community!  Thanks so much.  If you cannot make the call and have ideas and suggestions you [...]

By |2020-11-16T09:45:26-05:00November 16th, 2020|Categories: Eating Consciously, Food, Gatherings|

A conversation about plant-based locally prepared meals

We have asked over the past couple of newsletters if folks are interested in having a conversation about creating locally prepared plant-based meals. A lot of folks have completed our little survey and we will be scheduling a conversation soon.  We plan to wait until after the elections to organize the conversation. Thanks to everyone who has shared their thoughts.  There is still time if you want to contribute.  Visit our survey and let us know what you think:  https://movingtoconservers.com/there-is-definitely-an-interest-in-our-community-for-prepared-plant-based-meals/  

By |2020-10-19T09:44:46-04:00October 19th, 2020|Categories: Eating Consciously, Food|

Vegan Learning Library

Hello Moving to Conservers! As somebody dedicated to cultivating sustainability, I can say that I am massively impressed by this group. My favorite definition of sustainability is “the possibility that human and other life will flourish on the planet forever” (-Dr. John Ehrenfeld). I find that definition both aspirational and beautiful, and so it guides my work to make this world a better place. Moving to Conservers is working diligently to cultivate flourishing for all life on this planet, and I’m happy to be a part of the team. I’m particularly honored and excited to participate in the Eating Consciously project. My master’s thesis explored the intersections between veganism and sustainability. I advocate for veganism as both a fundamental social justice philosophy as part of a total liberation framework, and as one of the most powerful things we can do to help the environment. I truly believe that one of the primary ways to cultivate flourishing for all life is to adopt veganism at an individual and collective [...]

By |2020-10-19T08:55:44-04:00October 19th, 2020|Categories: Eating Consciously, Evan Parker, Food|

NCEJN’s 22nd Annual Environmental Justice Summit (2020) registration open

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 [...]

By |2020-09-22T11:57:30-04:00September 22nd, 2020|Categories: Connecting with nature, Eating Consciously, Food, Gatherings, Growing food, Help a Neighbor|

There is definitely an interest in our community for prepared plant-based meals

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.  

By |2020-09-14T09:48:56-04:00September 14th, 2020|Categories: Eating Consciously, Food, Help a Neighbor|

Why focus on zero-waste when there are so many more pressing issues?

At one of our potluck events (I sure do miss those), someone said to me, "Why so much focus on zero-waste?  There are more pressing issues."  I have thought of that a lot.  Of all the issues I can think of, they all are impacted by working to move to a zero-waste community. "Our goal is to eliminate the idea of waste from our mindset and to normalize a kinder existence without waste." John and I are moving to that mindset and it has impacted every part of our lives.  John and I have lived most of our life not thinking deeply about our waste.  Recycle, recycle, recycle and we were good citizens.  Items are disposable for a reason right? Well, right we have discovered.  What we discovered and what we continue to learn is that the thought of waste is privileged.  I visit the DrawDown Project website frequently, especially the solutions page.  Here is a paragraph from the page. Here, we present the individual solutions reviewed and [...]

Eating Consciously Podcast: Shane Bellinger interviews Jacqui Edans of Rooster Head Farms

Welcome to our third podcast in the Eating Consciously series.  In this episode, Shane Bellinger, owner of Green Go Cleaning and member of the Eating Consciously team interviews Jacqui Edans of Rooster Head Farms in Brevard, NC.  Our last episode was focused on systemic racism which included a conversation on factory meat operations.  This episode shows another side of the meat industry on a different scale.  Eating Consciously focuses on the impact our food choices have on others.  This episode continues to educate towards that goal.  Thanks for being here.  We hope you enjoy the show.  Many thanks to Shane and Jacqui for sharing this conversation with us. Farmer Jacqui Shane with her family

New York Times article about sending our plastic to Africa and a carbon footprint quiz

Big Oil Is in Trouble. Its Plan: Flood Africa With Plastic. Faced with plunging profits and a climate crisis that threatens fossil fuels, the industry is demanding a trade deal that weakens Kenya’s rules on plastics and on imports of American trash. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I read this article in today's New York Times.  It speaks of fracking and plastic and the impact the industry is having.  It reads a lot like my interview with Naeema of the NC Environmental Justice Network.  This is another story of industry working to implement systemic change. There is a mini-quiz you can take that helps you estimate your carbon footprint on a few items.  You can find it here:  https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/08/30/climate/climate-footprint-quiz.html?action=click&module=Editors%20Picks&pgtype=Homepage I keep asking myself this question:  Why is my waste permitted to impact your life? I am interested in your thoughts.  Thanks for being here. Love is the answer.  

By |2020-08-31T08:34:01-04:00August 31st, 2020|Categories: Eating Consciously, Help a Neighbor, Moving to Zero-waste|

We need more community food scrap drop-off sites. Interested? We will help

Growing food usually requires soil.  Nutrients in the soil get used up when we grow food and luckily for us, an easy way to rebuild the soil is through making compost.  We have taken on a new community project with a few other groups that involves giving plant starts to those who are in need of food.  We usually have enough pots, plant starts, and volunteers but we usually need more soil. We currently have 2 publicized community compost drop off places in our community and we could use a few more.  If you are interested in helping us build more soil please let us know. Do you currently compost at home but have no use for the soil?  Let us know!  We could sure use it. Would you collect your food scraps for use if someone would pick them up and take them to a drop-off location?  Let us know that too. Send an email to jbwkjc@gmail.com and let's talk dirt :)

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