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MASKS available!

Thanks to our Gail, I found cloth masks in Brevard: The Sew Shop, across from Food Matters, has them with ear loops and pockets to put old but cleaned N95s, coffee filters or dust filter masks from your garden shed. $10. See photo. Gravy, on Main Street, has tie-ons that avoid ear abrasion but the masks have no pockets. $8.95, benefit to C. Platt Girls and Boys Club. takes you direct to local mask makers. Some of them list attributes of their masks. Some donate to local charities. Cotton cloth masks HELP keep your germs to yourself, others’ germs from you, along with social distancing. They are improved by adding filtering material: those clean old N95 pieces, list filters, coffee filters. They do NOT stop corona virus germs, although they do add significant protection with your social distancing helps. On-line, a 15 minute search yields LOTS of options, some with additional filtering protection built in, often part of sale benefits corona-related charities. I searched under “ masks [...]

By |2020-05-23T14:05:34-04:00May 23rd, 2020|Categories: Help a Neighbor, Moving to Zero-waste, Zero-waste tips|

Compost Happens

Written by John Wiseman If you are wanting to grow wholesome food, beautiful pollinators, or trees and shrubs, they all need nourishment that in turn will nourish our bodies and souls. Lets think a bit longer term and start composting. It’s easy! We all have the ingredients around our abodes. They are: carbon, nitrogen, air, and water. Compost is a keystone building block to vital soil. Let’s just try getting the ingredients in good proportions and let the composting critters do 90% of the labor. Oh, the other 10% is up to us. The simplest composting starts with a layered pile of our ingredients. Start with a layer of cardboard, (worms love cardboard) scatter a few small diameter sticks on next, (to help with airflow) now start layering more carbon and nitrogen-rich materials to an approximate ratio of 25:1 – 30:1 carbon to nitrogen. The carbon content (other than the cardboard and sticks) are dry leaves, sawdust, or even shredded newspaper, the nitrogen content is our food scraps [...]

By |2020-05-25T13:40:20-04:00May 20th, 2020|Categories: Composting, Growing food, Moving to Zero-waste, Use Food Scraps, Zero-waste tips|

Want to move to zero-waste? Try joining a sharing club

Sharing clubs help folks share stuff which reduces consumption and builds community.  We have our own sharing club in Transylvania county known as Transylvania Shares.  You can find out more by visiting their website at

By |2020-01-25T15:52:24-05:00January 25th, 2020|Categories: Moving to Zero-waste, Sharing Club, Zero-waste tips|

Want to join Transylvania Shares?

Interested in joining our local sharing club, Transylvania Shares?  You can apply online or you can download the membership form and deliver it. You can download the form here:  Membership Agreement and Borrowing Rules You can apply online by going here: You can visit their website here: We look forward to hearing from you.  Questions?  Email   Membership details Who can join the Coop? Any resident of Transylvania County, upon making an application. People who are not in Transylvania County may join upon making application and being approved by a vote of the Board. How do you join? You can submit an application online by going to You can also print an application form and submit it. What are the membership fees? $30.00 for a year’s membership. However, members are encouraged to contribute a higher amount if possible. However, no matter how much money is contributed, each member will have one vote (one member = one vote; this holds for organizations and families [...]

By |2020-01-25T15:35:29-05:00January 25th, 2020|Categories: Help a Neighbor, Moving to Zero-waste, Sharing Club, Zero-waste tips|

Interested in joining our bulk buying group?

When folks ask us how we can only have 1 bag of trash a year, many specifically ask about food packaging. It makes up a lot of the bulk of folk’s waste. Buying in bulk has eliminated an immense amount of waste in our household, especially when we can use our own containers. We have used our own jars at the Hendersonville Coop and at Food Matters in Brevard. We usually get a better price on products by buying in bulk. Buying local is another important way to reduce your waste. I decided to try to see if our local market, in Cedar Mountain, Whistlestop, could help me reduce my travel and provide me with bulk food items. I contacted them and asked if they could get me a 25-pound bag of dried, organic garbanzo beans. They could and beat the price per pound of my traditional shopping markets so I ordered them. Just by word of mouth I have sold almost all of the beans for the [...]

By |2020-01-13T12:38:49-05:00January 13th, 2020|Categories: Gatherings, Moving to Zero-waste, Zero-waste tips|

January’s theme is Sharing: A great way to build community and reduce consumption.

This year, Moving to Conservers is hosting a series of classes on moving to zero-waste. The classes are held the first Thursday of every month. Each month has a theme and this month’s theme is Sharing. We picked this theme for January to coincide with the opening of the new sharing club Transylvania Shares! Transylvania Shares will have a soft-opening on January 16th and we are hosting our potluck at Cedar Mountain Canteen to celebrate. The Shares’ inventory is there and we will be pitching in and helping them with some volunteer labor. We will be hosting our next potluck there on January 9th to pitch in as well. Please join us. We had a wonderful educational class and potluck January 2nd where James, a board member for Transylvania Shares, led a discussion on the club. There were a lot of questions and suggestions and a small display of some of the items the club intends to make available. Here is a list of a few of the [...]

By |2020-01-06T11:54:40-05:00January 4th, 2020|Categories: Gatherings, Help a Neighbor, Moving to Zero-waste, Sharing Club, Zero-waste tips|

Announcing our new educational series – the first Thursday of the month

We are excited to announce our new educational series.  On the first Thursday of the month, we will be meeting at WolfBrew Bottle Shop for a zero-waste potluck and class on ways to move to zero-waste.  Our first class will be an introduction to Transylvania Shares, the new lending library in our community.  Meet the board members and learn about this exciting new community resource.

By |2019-12-10T13:29:22-05:00December 10th, 2019|Categories: Gatherings, Help a Neighbor, Moving to Zero-waste, Sharing Club, Zero-waste tips|

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 <> 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 [...]

Use Food Scraps Poster Project Receives $100 Donation for Printing

At our August 15, 2019 gathering at WolfBrew Bottle Shop, we had a fantastic discussion.  Several members spoke on work they are doing in the community to promote zero-waste practices, especially through the groups they belong to.  It was impressive to hear how many groups have set a goal to move to zero-waste! We spoke about the poster that is under development, that will bring together the suggestions we received through the Use Food Scraps essay contest.  One of the folks in attendance asked if we needed funds to print the poster.  I replied that we did.  By the end of the meeting, we were in possession of a $100 check!  How about that. Many thanks to the donor! Many thanks to all who are working to move our community to a zero-waste community.  It is amazing the changes a small group of people are implementing!

By |2019-08-19T13:02:52-04:00August 19th, 2019|Categories: Composting, Gatherings, Moving to Zero-waste, Use Food Scraps, Zero-waste tips|

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