Want to help with a community trash clean up on March 13th?

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 yvette@throughthetrees.us

Poetry Contest to honor Black History Month

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, [...]

By |2021-02-01T12:05:57-05:00February 1st, 2021|Categories: Help a Neighbor, The Gift of Time|

Gift of Time holiday pop-up will not happen this year

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.

By |2020-11-23T08:57:33-05:00November 23rd, 2020|Categories: Food, Gatherings, Help a Neighbor, The Gift of Time|

Join us for the Gift of Time pop-up Coffee House in downtown Brevard

Join us for a "leave no trace" gathering at the gazebo in downtown Brevard to celebrate each other and the kindness of our community!  Bring a covered dish to share and a non-disposable place setting.  We are gathering from Noon - 3 pm on December 15, 2018!

By |2018-12-01T17:41:47-05:00December 1st, 2018|Categories: Moving to Conservers, The Gift of Time|

Hiking with unicorns

[et_pb_section bb_built="1" _builder_version="3.0.47"][et_pb_row _builder_version="3.0.48" background_size="initial" background_position="top_left" background_repeat="repeat"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text _builder_version="3.12" background_size="initial" background_position="top_left" background_repeat="repeat"] Hiking with unicorns Friday, seven volunteers came together at the Bracken Mountain Preserve parking lot in Brevard to take scholars from Rise and Shine hiking.  The van arrived with the students and after a very quick introduction and a few tips about hiking we took off. The scholars were fantastic.  The colors in the woods were stunning and several stopped to enjoy them and point them out.  The woods were magic with color, people, wildlife and nature.  A couple of the scholars wore unicorn costumes, which only added to the magic of the hike. We explained this trail was the gateway to many waterfalls, trails, stunning views and so much more.  I heard a lot of wonderful conversations between hike leaders and scholars and there is no doubt my day was enriched by being in the woods with all of them. Being connected and surrounded by the wonders of nature is the driving force [...]

By |2018-11-04T15:11:53-05:00November 4th, 2018|Categories: Moving to Conservers, The Gift of Time|

Lake Jocassee and a birthday party. Giving the gift of time.

As we move towards a household that does not create waste, we have had to evaluate our gift giving activities.  It is challenging to change from being a consumer to a conserver when your 8-year-old grand daughter's birthday is approaching and she wants stuff.  We decided to give her the gift of our time and take her camping, kayaking, and fishing.  She loves to fish.  We reserved a campsite at Devils Fork State Park in South Carolina and she and our grandson joined us for a weekend adventure. John and I have been boaters for a very long time.  Between the two of us, we have been on a lot of water.  I was stunned by Lake Jocassee.  It is crystal clear.  It is very very deep.  It can be very treacherous.  We set up camp on Wednesday and explored before the young explorers arrived.  The lake is breath-taking.  It is so large it shares a lot of characteristics you would see in the ocean.  I was very [...]

By |2018-10-29T20:08:40-04:00October 29th, 2018|Categories: Moving to Conservers, The Gift of Time|

Do you want to start a co-op in Brevard? How about an investment club that supports local business? Let's end inequality in our community!

Awhile ago, we sent out a survey and asked folks to let us know if they were interested in participating in a "think tank" house party program.  Many responded that they were interested and some even supplied their contact information.  So we gathered and continue to gather.  Currently, we are using the Post Carbon Institute’s online video course Think Resilience as the basis of our study. You can view the first 6 videos of the course for free.  Introduction  Energy  Population & Consumption  Depletion  Pollution  Political & Economic Management We are about to wrap up that course and are moving forward to the next step.  What will that be?  We do not know but we have a lot of ideas.  Our discussions have been focused primarily on strengthening our local economy and building our resilience. Does that mean we start a series of co-ops in Brevard? Does that mean we invest in our local economy and stop sending our money to Wall Street? Does that mean we start [...]

By |2018-01-17T18:26:01-05:00January 17th, 2018|Categories: Moving to Conservers, The Gift of Time|

Words of wisdom from one of youngest think tank participants – Emma

We have a community of local people who are gathered together, primarily through an email list.  The community grows all the time.  Some of us get together for house parties to study and discuss.  Currently we are using the Post Carbon Institute's online video course Think Resilience as the basis of our study. Some like to do trail work and show up when we attend organized events in the area.  Some are doing the video course on their own and some just enjoy getting the emails we send.  This is what we are about: honoring each person and their time and their personal choices.  My husband and I are working to become a zero-waste house.  We have already learned from others in our community and appreciate the sharing.  We are keeping a list of tips shared by the community here:   A list of things citizens are doing in Transylvania County to reduce their carbon footprint.  Please feel free to share your tips and we will add them to [...]

By |2017-12-24T17:02:57-05:00December 24th, 2017|Categories: Food, Moving to Conservers, The Gift of Time|

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This Sliding Bar can be switched on or off in theme options, and can take any widget you throw at it or even fill it with your custom HTML Code. Its perfect for grabbing the attention of your viewers. Choose between 1, 2, 3 or 4 columns, set the background color, widget divider color, activate transparency, a top border or fully disable it on desktop and mobile.