Eating Consciously2020-09-12T10:34:58-04:00

Welcome to our journey to Eating Consciously.  The goal of this journey is to learn together the impact our food choices have on others & the environment. 

We have an amazing team of people who have volunteered to share their knowledge and guide us on the journey.  Let’s meet them!  Thanks to everyone for making this possible.

Shane Bellinger
Shane BellingerOwner of Green Go Cleaning Co
Hello friends, my name is Shane Bragg and I am the owner of Green Go Cleaning Co (https://greengocleaningco.bigcartel.com/) here in Brevard NC. I am so honored to be able to reach out thought this community and offer some resources in incorporating more veggies into your life! I would like to hear from you directly, what is a vegetable you want to learn more about?
Evan Parker
Evan Parker
Evan has an M.S. in Sustainability Studies from Lenoir-Rhyne University. His master’s thesis explored the intersections between veganism and sustainability. Evan is particularly knowledgeable about the environmental impacts of animal agriculture, and the environmental benefits associated with transitions to plant-based diets. As an environmental professional, Evan views veganism as both a necessary social justice philosophy and as a powerful strategy for sustainability. Overall, Evan is interested in cultivating a sustainable world in which all life has the ability to flourish.
Noel Thurner
Noel Thurner
Noel Thurner began consuming a vegetarian diet in 1973 for ethical reasons. As time marched on, she became more aware of both the health benefits and the environmental impacts of such a diet. In 2000 she began fermenting vegetables, and this has led her to the growing knowledge about the importance of the gut biome and intakes of whole grains and legumes, vegetables and fruits in supporting human health and wellness. So she realizes that a plant-based lifestyle supports not only the human body and its gut biome but also our Planet and its inhabitants
Kathryn Parker
Kathryn Parker
Back in 1990, Kathryn Parker was sailing with her husband on their 40′ sloop Nightrainbow, reading, “Diet for a New America” by John Robbins. Because she was so moved, she became a Vegan and raised her baby daughter a Vegan. She went back to meat eating several years later, but seven years ago, she was inspired to try Raw Veganism.

Kathryn’s focus with food has alays been on optimal health. She has been greatly guided by the Medical Medium lifestyle to heal chronic health issues, which brought her back to Veganism. This time, an ethical Vegan.

She is a fabulous, passionate cook, and an educator with experience guiding people to begin a healthy way of life, both physically and spititually. Kathryn likes to connect people through Vegan options. Her friends and her AirBnB guests benefit from her healthy cooking.

Welcome to our Podcast!

Welcome to our Podcast Eating Consciously!  We are glad you are here.  We are hosting conversations with our neighbors about our food choices and how they impact each other.  Would you like to be interviewed or would you like to do an interview?  Let us know by emailing us at jbwkjc@gmail.com.

Eating Consciously Podcast: Shane Bellinger interviews Jacqui Edans of Rooster Head Farms

By |September 10th, 2020|Categories: Compost Drop-off Location, Composting, Connecting with nature, Eating Consciously, Food, Growing food, Help a Neighbor, Podcast, Shane Bellinger|

Welcome to our third podcast in the Eating Consciously series.  In this episode, Shane Bellinger, owner of Green Go Cleaning and member of the Eating Consciously team interviews Jacqui Edans of Rooster Head Farms in Brevard, NC.  Our last episode was focused on systemic racism which included a conversation on factory meat operations.  This episode shows another side of the meat industry on a different scale.  Eating Consciously focuses on the impact our food choices have on others.  This episode continues to educate towards that goal.  Thanks for being here.  We hope you enjoy the show.  Many thanks to Shane and Jacqui for sharing this conversation with us. Farmer Jacqui Shane with her family

Eating Consciously Podcast: Systemic racism and how I participate

By |August 21st, 2020|Categories: Connecting with nature, Eating Consciously, Essential workers, Food, Growing food, Help a Neighbor, Podcast|

John and I have decided we need to learn how we support systemic racism.  We decided to start by looking at our food choices and that led us to ask a team of individuals in our community if they would help us learn about the impact of our food choices have on others.  We also asked if they could guide us based on their expertise.  Thus started the project Eating Consciously. We decided to start a podcast with the project as a way to bring people closer together in our socially-distanced world.  This is the second episode of the podcast and it goes over an hour.  I interviewed Naeema Muhummad of the NC Environmental Justice Network.  It was a tough interview to do.  The stories she tells, and there are many, are hard to hear.  Every part of the interview touched me and it made it difficult to cut out parts of the conversation.  It is well worth a listen, in my humble [...]

Eating Consciously Podcast! Enjoy our first episode with Evan Parker

By |July 6th, 2020|Categories: Composting, Connecting with nature, Eating Consciously, Evan Parker, Growing food, Podcast, Use Food Scraps|

Help us celebrate as we kick off our first podcast!  We have started a new project called Eating Consciously and we are kicking it off by releasing our first podcast.  Our first guest is Evan Parker and he is a member of the Eating Consciously team that is helping us learn the impact our food choices have on others.  We really enjoyed the conversation with Evan and look forward to many more.  Thanks Evan! This Podcast, Eating Consciously was recorded July 5, 2020.  Evan Parker was interviewed by Kim Coram and John Wiseman.  We hope you enjoy the conversation as much as we did.  

Looking for some local resources?

Happy Cow Website

Find vegan dishes in your community

HappyCow Healthy Eating Guide

Power of Food

A plant-based chef shares recipes in Hendersonville, NC

Writings

A conversation about plant-based locally prepared meals

By |October 19th, 2020|Categories: Eating Consciously, Food|

We have asked over the past couple of newsletters if folks are interested in having a conversation about creating locally prepared plant-based meals. A lot of folks have completed our little survey [...]

NCEJN’s 22nd Annual Environmental Justice Summit (2020) registration open

By |September 22nd, 2020|Categories: Connecting with nature, Eating Consciously, Food, Gatherings, Growing food, Help a Neighbor|

Registration is open for the summit!  Looks like a great event.  John and I have enrolled and are looking forward to learning together. I took the following from their website: We Can’t [...]

There is definitely an interest in our community for prepared plant-based meals

By |September 14th, 2020|Categories: Eating Consciously, Food, Help a Neighbor|

Thanks to everyone who responded to our question about providing plant-based meals in our community.  We had a great response! We would love to have a community conversation on the topic and [...]

Why focus on zero-waste when there are so many more pressing issues?

By |September 14th, 2020|Categories: Composting, Connecting with nature, Eating Consciously, Food, Growing food, Help a Neighbor, Moving to Zero-waste, Sharing Club, Use Food Scraps, Zero-waste tips|

At one of our potluck events (I sure do miss those), someone said to me, "Why so much focus on zero-waste?  There are more pressing issues."  I have thought of that a [...]

Eating Consciously Podcast: Shane Bellinger interviews Jacqui Edans of Rooster Head Farms

By |September 10th, 2020|Categories: Compost Drop-off Location, Composting, Connecting with nature, Eating Consciously, Food, Growing food, Help a Neighbor, Podcast, Shane Bellinger|

Welcome to our third podcast in the Eating Consciously series.  In this episode, Shane Bellinger, owner of Green Go Cleaning and member of the Eating Consciously team interviews Jacqui Edans of [...]

New York Times article about sending our plastic to Africa and a carbon footprint quiz

By |August 31st, 2020|Categories: Eating Consciously, Help a Neighbor, Moving to Zero-waste|

Big Oil Is in Trouble. Its Plan: Flood Africa With Plastic. Faced with plunging profits and a climate crisis that threatens fossil fuels, the industry is demanding a trade deal that weakens [...]

We need more community food scrap drop-off sites. Interested? We will help

By |August 30th, 2020|Categories: Compost Drop-off Location, Composting, Eating Consciously, Food, Growing food, Help a Neighbor, Moving to Zero-waste, Use Food Scraps|

Growing food usually requires soil.  Nutrients in the soil get used up when we grow food and luckily for us, an easy way to rebuild the soil is through making compost.  We [...]

Interested in a local plant-based food chef preparing meals for you?

By |August 30th, 2020|Categories: Eating Consciously, Food, Help a Neighbor, Kathryn Parker, Shane Bellinger|

Since we have started the Eating Consciously project, I have learned that factory produced meats are not something I can support anymore.  While we do still consume some meat products in our [...]

Free fermenting classes

By |August 24th, 2020|Categories: Eating Consciously, Food, Food preservation, Gatherings, Help a Neighbor, Use Food Scraps|

This is something that is near and dear to my heart and I have discussed with the Shockey’s, my fermenting gurus and friends. So in spite of their world being turned upside [...]

Eating Consciously, Eating Seasonally, Eating Locally

By |August 24th, 2020|Categories: Eating Consciously, Food, Growing food, Noel Thurner, Recipe|

Another favorite of the nightshade family is the pepper: there are hundreds of kinds, ranging from super sweet to hellishly hot. I’ll focus on the sweet. Many do not like green bell [...]

Thank you Whistlestop Market for helping us feed hungry children and selling in bulk

By |August 24th, 2020|Categories: Eating Consciously, Essential workers, Food, Help a Neighbor|

Whistlestop Market in Cedar Mountain has been ordering bulk products for us since November.  We are able to get almost anything we use to get from the Hendersonville Coop closer to home [...]

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