SEED libraries (especially Natives), another great way to share, to support our ecology

Seed Library - another great way of sharing and saving our environment What is this? You may have seen some of these little free library boxes around that people use to share books. The idea behind these seed libraries is similar in that people can share seeds. We hope this works well so we share seed, ESPECIALLY NATIVES! Have you spotted one in T Cty yet? Who wants to build one for your neighborhood? Expect to see them soon, at the Canteen, St. Paul's Episcopal, at the RR Native Plant Garden in Brevard ... and/or .....? How do I use it? As with the lil' book libraries, put and take. And this is the beginning of the native plant seed season ... Small envelopes needed - ordinary postal ones would do Small trays to hold them on an up slant (so seeds don't fall out). Those take-out food ones might do. On each envelope (print small): name (scientific is GOOD, common works), special planting notes (shade/sun) There is [...]

Transylvania Shares needs board members and volunteers

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 [email protected]

By |2021-03-01T10:24:34-05:00March 1st, 2021|Categories: Help a Neighbor, Sharing Club|

Cedar Mountain Canteen will be using glassware from Transylvania Shares

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 [...]

By |2020-10-19T09:19:41-04:00October 19th, 2020|Categories: Moving to Zero-waste, Sharing Club|

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 [...]

Transylvania Shares, our community sharing club is going strong! They could use your membership!

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: 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!

By |2020-08-24T12:37:19-04:00August 24th, 2020|Categories: Help a Neighbor, Moving to Zero-waste, Sharing Club|

Transylvania Shares Virtual Grand Opening scheduled for June 21st. Have stuff you want to share?

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: We look forward to hearing from you and sharing more stuff with the community.

By |2020-05-18T16:25:20-04:00May 18th, 2020|Categories: Help a Neighbor, Moving to Zero-waste, Sharing Club|

Motown Memories is going zero-waste again and we need help

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 protected] or call 828-966-5367 for more information.  Thanks!

By |2020-03-02T11:58:31-05:00March 2nd, 2020|Categories: Composting, Gatherings, Help a Neighbor, Moving to Zero-waste, Sharing Club, Use Food Scraps|

Want to move to zero-waste? Try joining a sharing club

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

By |2020-01-25T15:52:24-05:00January 25th, 2020|Categories: Moving to Zero-waste, Sharing Club, Zero-waste tips|

Want to join Transylvania Shares?

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: You can visit their website here: We look forward to hearing from you.  Questions?  Email [email protected]   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 You can also print an application form and submit it. 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 [...]

By |2020-11-01T13:27:26-05:00January 25th, 2020|Categories: Help a Neighbor, Moving to Zero-waste, Sharing Club, Zero-waste tips|
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