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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 [...]
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 email@example.com
The Cedar Mountain Canteen is open! Owners John and myself and Greg and Stephanie Thomas opened the day before Thanksgiving and it was everything we hoped it would be, awesome! We are striving to operate at zero-waste and that will be closer to a reality when we get our commercial dish washing facility installed. We have also set up a prototype recycling station we will make permanent after testing it for a bit. The response has been wonderful and we look forward to creating a model zero-waste operation. Our hours are Thursday thru Monday from 3 - 7 pm. We are open for outside consumption only and we will be opening our carry-out can shop this Saturday. We would love to see you there.
For me, one of the most interesting parts of moving to a zero-waste community is looking at the thought of waste differently. I often ask myself: When and why did it become OK to waste something? There are so many businesses we need in our community to support a move to zero-waste it is exciting. The first in my mind is a business that helps us divert food waste from the landfill. We received so many excellent ideas during our essay contest to solve that problem. We have put some in practice and need to continue to do that at a larger scale. We have recently received a large supply of vinyl campaign signs so that we can keep them out of the landfill and facilitate reuse of them. I have used my old campagin signs for a lot of purposes. I left office 4 years ago and my signs are still going strong as repurposed signs and even a water barrier on a piece of outdoor furniture. [...]
One of our members sent this to share. We wanted to pass it along.
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 [...]
How would you re-purpose campaign signs? We are about to get a bunch. Help us find new uses for them!
Soon the elections will be over and all the campaign materials will go where? A couple of political parties in Transylvania county are interested in keeping their signs out of the landfill and we have offered to help. I ran for office in 2012 and served for 4 years. I decided not to seek another term so my stored campaign signs needed to find a new purpose. They have since helped prop up bean crops, provided backing for a bench a friend made, and been turned around and used for new signs. They are still with us and going strong. We need help collecting signs and finding new homes and uses for them. Have thoughts and ideas? Please share them. We look forward to hearing from you.
Every Tray Counts (ETC) is seeking a new Executive Director. They work to move schools towards zero-waste
We took this ad from: http://www.everytraycounts.org/jobs/ Thanks to Susan Sunflower for sharing this. ARE YOU AN ADVOCATE FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS, THE ENVIRONMENT, AND THE FUTURE? Every Tray Counts (ETC) is seeking a new Executive Director. The executive director will be responsible for coordinating and collaborating with local environmental advocates and school partners to help guide North Carolina school districts in their progress toward more sustainably managed schools. Every Tray Counts (ETC) is a small North Carolina non-profit that works with children, parents and communities to promote responsible purchasing and waste diversion practices in North Carolina schools. We do this by replacing lunchroom polystyrene trays with a sustainable alternative, and by diverting lunchroom compostable materials away from landfills. Even in these changing and challenging times, Every Tray Counts knows that North Carolina schools must keep their focus on improving the quality of education and sustainability goals. ETC stays current on environmental issues which affect schools regarding lunchroom practices, environmental education opportunities in the classroom, and overuse of single-use plastics. [...]