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 [...]
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@example.com or call 828-966-5367 for more information. Thanks!
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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 [...]
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 [...]
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!
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.
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 [...]
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.
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!
What a fantastic gathering at Cup and Saucer September 5th! Thanks to Gail for organizing our visit with them and thanks to Gail for purchasing a sampling of goodies for us to try. I know I am sold after trying their food. We enjoyed meeting Elisabeth, one of the owners. She explained all they do to reduce their waste and asked for input from us. We shared a few ideas and a joint event may be in the works! Pretty excited about it. We will announce more as it develops. Elisabeth shared they use Rooster Head Plantation's compost drop off for their food waste! Woo hoo! A few of us stepped up to take some of their compost. John and I are always looking for food scraps and coffee grounds to help with our soil production. Many thanks to all who made this possible and who shared the gift of community. It makes our world a better place.