Since purchasing the Cedar Mountain Canteen with Greg and Stephanie Thomas, we have been busy getting ready to open in November. We are making a lot of changes. We are focused on being a zero-waste business and that means we will be serving in real glasses. Instead of purchasing an inventory of glassware, we have decided to borrow glassware from Transylvania Shares! We attended their board meeting last week and made our pitch and it was approved unanimously. How about that! Transylvania Shares helping a new business get off the ground while practicing reuse and sharing! Installing a commercial kitchen In order to wash dishes on-site, we are required to have a health department and DEQ approved facility. We have gotten all our approvals from DEQ and now we are working with the health department to install a commercial kitchen. It will take us some time to get everything installed which means we will not be opening with real glassware. This is a short term solution and we [...]
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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 [...]
Last year, a group of Moving to Conservers members worked with a business coach for 6 months to develop Transylvania Shares, a sharing club. The business opened in January and is going strong. Here are some updates from their recent newsletter. If you would like to learn more about Shares, how you can help by becoming a member, visit their website here: Transylvaniashares.com Transylvania Shares says goodbye to Lucia Gerdes who has recently resigned from the Board of Directors in order to pursue other endeavors. We wish her well. We welcome Gabriel Covington to the Board. Gabriel is originally from Charlotte and is presently attending Brevard College. Also Members, here are a two new items that have been donated/loaned. A bicycle repair stand and a Kneerover. Both are in excellent condition. Go to the website and check it out!
Transylvania Shares has scheduled its virtual grand opening for June 21st. The board is working to get the website updated with items we have taken in and we are excited to share. We are accepting donations and loans of items folks would like to contribute to the lending library. If you have items you would like to share, please fill out this form and we will contact you: https://movingtoconservers.com/have-an-item-you-would-like-to-donate-or-loan-to-transylvania-shares-let-us-know/ We look forward to hearing from you and sharing more stuff with the community.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 828-966-5367 for more information. Thanks!
Sharing clubs help folks share stuff which reduces consumption and builds community. We have our own sharing club in Transylvania county known as Transylvania Shares. You can find out more by visiting their website at TransylvaniaShares.com.
Interested in joining our local sharing club, Transylvania Shares? You can apply online or you can download the membership form and deliver it. You can download the form here: Membership Agreement and Borrowing Rules You can apply online by going here: https://transylvaniashares.myturn.com/library/createUser/create?requestedFormat= You can visit their website here: https://transylvaniashares.myturn.com/library/ We look forward to hearing from you. Questions? Email TransylvaniaShares@gmail.com Membership details Who can join the Coop? Any resident of Transylvania County, upon making an application. People who are not in Transylvania County may join upon making application and being approved by a vote of the Board. How do you join? You can submit an application online by going to https://transylvaniashares.myturn.com/library/createUser/create?requestedFormat= You can also print an application form and submit it. https://movingtoconservers.com/want-to-join-transylvania-shares/ What are the membership fees? $30.00 for a year’s membership. However, members are encouraged to contribute a higher amount if possible. However, no matter how much money is contributed, each member will have one vote (one member = one vote; this holds for organizations and families [...]
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!
This year, Moving to Conservers is hosting a series of classes on moving to zero-waste. The classes are held the first Thursday of every month. Each month has a theme and this month’s theme is Sharing. We picked this theme for January to coincide with the opening of the new sharing club Transylvania Shares! Transylvania Shares will have a soft-opening on January 16th and we are hosting our potluck at Cedar Mountain Canteen to celebrate. The Shares’ inventory is there and we will be pitching in and helping them with some volunteer labor. We will be hosting our next potluck there on January 9th to pitch in as well. Please join us. We had a wonderful educational class and potluck January 2nd where James, a board member for Transylvania Shares, led a discussion on the club. There were a lot of questions and suggestions and a small display of some of the items the club intends to make available. Here is a list of a few of the [...]