John and I have been growing our own food as long as we have lived here. Every year things get easier. Recently we have been focusing on growing grains and making meals. This year, through our seed exchange, we were able to get some corn seeds for meal and grits. What we don't have is a grain mill. Now we don't need one because we can share one being made available by a Transylvania Shares member. He also has a food dehydrator available. Thanks so much for sharing! Here are his descriptions of the items available and conditions for use. Country Living motorized Grain Mill with corn auger: This is a steel burr mill capable of grinding coarse (grits) to fine (corn meal) to ultra fine (flour). The corn auger accessory allows for the grinding of any sized grain, from small Amaranth to large corn kernels, wheats, oats, even beans. The mill is accessorized with a measured hopper and a food-grade bin with lid. It cannot grind wet [...]
Bees. Honey. Mead: Thursday’s Mead Tasting has been postponed. The community potluck is still going on. Looking forward to it.
The Meadhouse Meadary of Brevard has had to reschedule their mead tasting scheduled for this Thursday. We will still have our community potluck and community discussion. We look forward to an amazing time together. On Thursday, July 29th, the Meadhouse of Brevard will be doing a presentation on bees, honey and making mead and treat us to a tasting of their product. We will start with a zero-waste potluck at 6 pm and the presentation will start at 6:30 pm. If you are able, please bring a covered dish to share, preferably plant based, and your own non-disposable place setting. If you don't have time or the means to bring something to share, please come. We would love to feed you. The presentation will be at the Cedar Mountain Canteen at 10771 Greenville, Highway, Cedar Mountain. We look forward to spending time together.
We need help! We have more demand for composting services than we can handle. We are looking for someone to help us increase composting in the county. We have about 6 - 8 hours of work a week, some flexible hours. We can provide all the training. If you are interested, please let us know. We would love to help someone start their own company and help provide services we can't keep up with. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 304-482-3062. Thanks! Kim & John
We had our first gathering of 2021 June 3rd at the Cedar Mountain Canteen with a presentation from Anna of Mountaintrue and learned how to be good neighbors to the Little River, which is beside our beer garden. It was magical seeing everyone together for the first time in over a year. The food was fantastic and it was a joyous occasion. We learned the results of our first water test in the Little River and it was excellent! Thanks to everyone who joined us. It was wonderful to be together again.
Join us for a potluck on Thursday June 17th at 6 pm & and a class on about applied mycology from Leif
We will host a potluck on Thursday June 17th at 6 pm at the Cedar Mountain Canteen. Please bring a covered dish to share and your own non-disposable place setting. Plant-based meals are encouraged and all dishes are welcome. Everyone is welcome to join us. We look forward to getting together. At 6:30 pm we will enjoy an informal talk by Leif Olsen about applied mycology and focus on having plenty of Q&A about topics people are interested in. Leif Olson is an environmental scientist and educator with a background spanning ecological field research, environmental chemistry, soil health management and mushroom farming. He worked for two years as a cultivation manager at Pisgah Gourmet, a local mushroom farm in Brevard, NC and currently operates Integrated Land Enhancement, an environmental consulting and education business based in Asheville, NC. Leif has taught all over the country about fungi, soil, plants, compost and more. He also started co-hosting the Applied Mycology podcast earlier this year, a show featuring discussions with co-host [...]
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 [...]
Water scarcity footprint reveals impacts of individual dietary choices in US Date: April 15, 2021 - Source: University of Michigan - summarised from SCIENCE DAILY A lot of attention has been paid in recent years to the carbon footprint of the foods we eat, with much of the focus on the outsize contribution of meat production and especially beef. Much less is known about the implications of individual U.S. dietary choices on other environmental concerns, such as water scarcity. In a study scheduled for online publication April 15 in the journal Nature Food, researchers from the University of Michigan and Tulane University present a water scarcity footprint that measures the water-use impacts of U.S. diets, taking into account regional variations in water scarcity. Meat consumption is the top contributor to the water scarcity footprint of the average U.S. diet, accounting for 31% of the impacts, according to the study. And within the meat category, beef's contribution is about six times higher than chicken's. Other foods that require lots [...]
Picture above: A Moving to Conservers gathtering at Rooster Head Farm It has been over a year since we have gathered as Moving to Conservers. Now that John and I are part owners of the Cedar Mountain Canteen, we feel we have a home for Conservers to enjoy and use as a demonstration site to show how to move to zero-waste, compost, plant food and love each other. The Canteen has a wonderful outdoor garden on the Little River and we are ready to host Moving to Conservers' gatherings if you feel it is time to do that again. All the owners of the Canteen are fully vaccinated and we would love to see you again. Our gathering size is limited to 21 at the moment as that is how many we can safely host and social distance. Please let us know your thoughts. We look forward to sharing together again.
We received an email this week from the Sharing House asking if we could help them learn to manage the compost bins built for them. I told them absolutely, yes. Are you interested in helping? Please let us know. Creating soil is one of the greatest things we can do for the earth as so much is being turned into dirt, void of life. Let's help the Sharing House! Send an email to email@example.com if you are interested in helping. Thanks and thanks Sharing House for asking!
Time to remember to ALWAYS carry your own cup. It's more than just coffee, too, it's all those throw-away drinks, covered food trays. And don't forget the sippers! (Though so far, I've not found one that truly works, so maybe we DON'T need straws?) Here's the story ... Is your recycled item TRULY recycled? To sustain a thriving café culture, we must ditch the disposable cup. Date: March 1, 2021 Source: University of South Australia Summary: Takeaway coffees - they're a convenient start for millions of people each day, but while the caffeine perks us up, the disposable cups drag us down, with nearly 300 billion ending up in landfill each year. While most coffee drinkers are happy to make a switch to sustainable practices, new research shows that an absence of infrastructure and a general 'throwaway' culture is severely delaying sustainable change. FULL STORY Takeaway coffees -- they're a convenient start for millions of people each day, but while the caffeine perks us up, the disposable [...]