For the past 2 years we have hosted a gathering spot in downtown Brevard so that people could spend time together in between Thanksgiving and Christmas. It is a loving gathering focused on the gift of spending time together. This year, we are partnering with others to help plan this gathering We will add details as they are developed. How exciting. If you are interested in being a part of the planning, please let us know. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
James shared a link to Brevard's Freecycle group and we wanted to pass it along. Thanks James!
Last week, Jacqui of Rooster Head Plantation asked if we could help with their community compost drop-off facility. "Sure" I said, "how can we help?" She told us some of the issues she was facing and we recommended signage and some gates to keep the compost in the bin, especially when the chickens work to mix it up. After enjoying a wonderful dinner, we headed to the compost drop-off site and got to work. James prepared to hang more signs James brought wood painted and ready to make signs and some giant markers. He also brought a drill and screws. We asked who had good hand writing and Justin stepped up and grabbed a marker and got to work making signs to help guide contributors to add wood chips to their donation. Su and Ed got to work turning the compost and soon a chicken joined in and started scratching around the pile. We had the site fixed-up in no time and Jacqui took some [...]
Making biochar at Mountain Speak Outpost and learning as a community how to use this incredible soil additive.
Thanks to Mountain Speak Outpost for hosting our class on making biochar. Thanks to John for sharing his knowledge on making biochar. Biochar is a charcoal that is easily made. It is carbon-negative and has increased our garden’s yield. It also helps us reduce the amount of trash our household produces. We have created ½ bag of trash so far this year. Thanks to everyone who attended and thanks to Althea for sharing these photos! It was a wonderful evening.
Our next gathering is at the Mountain Speak Outpost in Cedar Mountain. John will be teaching a class on making biochar!
Join us this Thursday, July 18th at 6 pm for a potluck gathering and a class on making biochar. Learn what biochar is and how you can use it to enhance your soil. We have seen amazing results in our garden. We will gather at the Outpost, formerly known as the Quick Stop, located at 8431 Greenville Hwy, Brevard, NC 28712 Please bring a covered dish to share and your own non-disposable place setting. The potluck begins at 6 pm and the biochar class will begin at 7 pm. All are welcome!
In March, we shared the essays submitted in our Use Food Scraps essay contest with the community. We received dozens of ideas from nineteen essays. Althea has stepped up to take the lead on creating a poster and e-book from the essay entries! At our gathering this past week, she explained some of the details and goals of the project. She will be reading and analyzing each entry and bringing the suggestions together in a format that will help us share throughout our community! I am super-excited to see it come together. Thanks so much Althea!
Our new website continues to grow and the most recent item is our zero-waste business directory. We list local businesses who have made moves towards zero-waste. It is always growing and we are grateful to the businesses who share their news with us to share with our readership. Please let us know if you know of a local business who is working to eliminate waste in our community.
In March, we announced the winners to our Use Food Scraps Essay contest. We received some amazing suggestions and thanks to Kenn Webb of the Solid Waste Authority, the judge's favorite essays won cash prizes. We are currently working on a poster that brings together all the wonderful suggestions received so that our community can learn from each other and pursue suggestions towards an end to food in our landfill. How exciting. We hope to give each person who submitted an essay a copy of the poster and plan to share it with others in the community. We look forward to unveiling the poster and thank everyone who is making this possible!