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Rooster Head Plantation needs help feeding children

Rooster Head Plantation has long been a community partner of our zero-waste efforts.  They house a community compost drop off facility and have hosted our educational gatherings, among many other ways they support the community.  They are a true community partner and we love them.  They have been feeding neighborhood children since schools closed.  I called Jacqui and asked her what she needed and she said to put it bluntly, money.  She has served over 400 meals and the numbers keep growing as the word gets out. We are putting out a call to our community to help.  We were able to send money to Jacqui via the CashApp at her handle $JacquelineEdens.  You can also donate money through PayPal at roosterheadplantation@gmail.com.  We also talked about buying cases of fruit and veggies or any other thing that may help.  If you have items that may help, let them know. What an amazing gift to the community.  Please contact Jacqui directly with any questions.  It is amazing how our [...]

Growing soil, feeding our community family

Five years ago at this time, John and I were not cutting seed potatoes getting them ready to plant on St. Patrick's Day. We were not adding coffee grounds from the local cafe to our compost facility. We did have a small compost pile but we were not working it. Now it is a part-time job for John. Well, maybe not but my husband makes a darn good soil, something I would not have appreciated five years ago. I didn’t think much about soil. I have gardened for years but didn’t understand the value of good soil. I do now. Almost 3 years ago we started having zero-waste potlucks with 8 or so friends and studied the Post Carbon Institute’s online video course Think Resilience. It focused on life after fossil fuels. It was thought-provoking. As part of the study, the course had the group answer the question, “What do you wish you would have learned to do in school?” Almost all of us said we wanted to [...]

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 jbwkjc@gmail.com 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|

Help wanted: Interested in helping local schools reduce their waste?

We received this request for help. Please let Lauren know if you are interested in helping. Thanks, Lauren for reaching out and helping our community move to zero-waste! Lauren Agrella-Sevilla <lauren@brevardyoga.com> Hi John and Kim, Thank you so much for leading the way for Moving to Conservers! There is so much good going on! I'm really excited about it. We have two small children and evening gatherings are hard for us to make, so we have yet to make a potluck, but I am following with interest all of the work you're doing. Thank you! As a former high school teacher and administrator, I am very interested in the ways we can work with our schools to reduce waste. I met several weeks ago with the head of food and nutrition at the Transylvania County Schools to begin to understand why so many single-use cafeteria trays are being used at all of our county schools (I noticed this visiting our first-grader at Brevard Elementary School). She is pretty [...]

By |2019-11-10T14:01:00-05:00November 10th, 2019|Categories: Composting, Help a Neighbor, Moving to Zero-waste, Use Food Scraps, Zero-waste tips|

A gathering and brainstorming at Davidson River School

On November 7, 2019, a dozen or so of us enjoyed a potluck dinner with Barbara Grimm, principal of Davidson River School, at the school. Barb worked with us on our Use Food Scraps Symposium in March and recently reached out and asked us to visit the school to help them find ways to reduce their waste. What a beautiful school. There were definitely some conversations about how nice it is. As always, we enjoyed a wonderful meal. As always, we brought our own non-disposable place settings and left no clean-up for our host. We enjoyed listening to Barb as she explained the climate change curriculum the school was teaching in December. She asked us for help and ideas for next steps towards waste reduction. Our members were full of great ideas. The school recently received a grant for a greenhouse and we discussed ways they could divert their food scraps to a compost facility, we could help them construct. We have done a few in the community [...]

Got Pumpkins? Rooster Head Plantation wants them

Pigs love pumpkins I am told.  Rooster Head Plantation is accepting pumpkin donations because their pigs love them.  They have set up a drop-off bin by their compost bin.  Please drop off your tasty pumpkins!   You can see details of their drop off spot here:  https://movingtoconservers.com/portfolio-items/rooster-head-plantation-food-scrap-drop-off-site/?portfolioCats=106  Thanks so much!

By |2019-11-03T12:39:20-05:00November 3rd, 2019|Categories: Compost Drop-off Location, Composting, Help a Neighbor, Moving to Zero-waste, Use Food Scraps|

Gift of Time Pop-up Potluck

It is hard to believe but next month is our Gift of Time Pop-up event. It will be held on December 14th, from 12 – 3 pm in the plaza beside Quixote's and across from Rocky’s. We joined with Project Empathy to plan the event this year and as a result, we have a new location. In the past, we have been at the gazebo on Main Street. We ran out of space last year. We are grateful for the use of this space. It is a wonderful and large space. We will convert it to a comfortable living room and kitchen area as we have in the past. We will need chairs, tables, blankets, pillows, and whatever you would like to bring to create a pop-up lounge. This is a zero-waste event. We will collect compost.

By |2019-11-10T13:38:56-05:00November 3rd, 2019|Categories: Gatherings, Help a Neighbor, Moving to Zero-waste, Use Food Scraps|

Interested in presenting on our behalf at the Food Waste Solutions Summit?

We received the following email and wanted to share.  If you are interested in submitting a proposal to present about our work, let us know.  The deadline is October 20th to submit a proposal. Hi John, I have been following your zero waste group from afar and would like to connect. I am on the board of the NC composting council and we are hosting a happy hour social at Sierra Nevada Oct 25th with the goal of bringing together the composting and zero waste community of WNC. We would love for you to spread word within your group and to have a presence. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sustainable-spirits-west-oct-25-2019-tickets-66246656533 Also I am sure you may already be aware but there is an upcoming Food Waste Solutions Summit in Asheville in November. http://www.abfoodpolicy.org/food-waste-solutions-summit-2/ I would also encourage you submit a presentation on your work for one of the ignite sessions.... https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeSGuU5B6raXUQN4r6APyf2aLQyG8CUF-bIgl0KDK01OSIzOA/viewform Hopefully all this good energy will build towards building a better model of sustainability for our region. Thank you for all the [...]

Waste Less. Save More. Poster Unveiled!

Thank you everyone who shared their ideas in our Use Food Scraps Essay Contest.  Thanks to Althea for analyzing the essays (she said she teared up when reading them) and creating this fantastic poster AND presenting it to the Transylvania Natural Resource Council today.  Thanks to Jinx for funding the printing!  What an amazing community we have and how awesome it is when we come together and share our love.

By |2019-09-13T15:20:30-04:00September 13th, 2019|Categories: Composting, Food preservation, Growing food, Help a Neighbor, Moving to Zero-waste, Use Food Scraps|

Use Food Scraps Poster Unveil is this Friday at the TNRC meeting!

In March, we hosted the Use Food Scraps symposium.  A part of the event was an essay contest where members of our community gave suggestions for keeping food out of our landfill.  Those suggestions have been used to create a community poster!  We received a $100 donation to print the posters and the poster will be unveiled during our presentation to the Transylvania Natural Resource Council this Friday. Many thanks to everyone who made this possible and to Thea for using her skills to analyze these essays and bring them together as a community asset!

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