In 2020, we kicked off our Moving to Zero-waste educational series. Our first conversation in January was focused on Transylvania Shares, a new mutual aid organization in our community that shares stuff. February and March focused on the benefits of a plant-based diet. Thanks to a wonderful presentation from Noel and Patrick in February and another presentation from Evan in March, we received a great education and a lot to think about. Since the stay-at-home order due to COVID 19 was issued shortly thereafter, we did not have our gathering where we had a conversation about our studies. Nonetheless, people have reached out and said they would like support to reduce the amount of meat in their diets. Fantastic. I reached out and asked Shane, a vegan and owner of GreenGo Cleaning Company, and a huge supporter of zero-waste and community if she would mind guiding us. She said she would. Thank you Shane! Look for her tips on our website and in our newsletter. We will host [...]
Update on June 16, 2020 I posted this several weeks ago. I continue to publish it for those who may have missed it. I also continue to post it because my granddaughter is still expressing her fear. Good for her. We are enjoying a visit with them this week while we social distance in our home and wear masks and wash our hands a lot. We have chalkboards in our home on doors and such and yesterday, my granddaughter wrote on one of them: I'm scared for my black family's life. Black Lives Matter. I shouldn't be scared because I am 10. What wisdom. What is happening now is amazing in so many ways. I feel hope. I also deeply feel the grief our family is experiencing. Best friends have left, family members don't understand and it brings others to their knees. It is a deep wound, exposed and while it helps move to healing, the grief is incapacitating at times. It is why I was unable to [...]
As mentioned in the last newsletter, members of Moving to Conservers gathered recently to pot plant starts donated by Gaia Herbs and the Transylvania Master Gardeners. This past Thursday we had the pleasure of giving out the plants at the Hunger Coalition’s weekly food distribution. Plants ready for delivery After receiving their food boxes, each driver was asked if they would like some plant starts so they could begin growing their own food. The response was extremely enthusiastic! Everyone was delighted to receive a choice of tomatoes, squash, zucchini, peppers, swiss chard, and/or herbs. In many cases, the recipients had garden space so were excited to receive some plants to start their own garden. For those that didn’t have a place to plant, we provided larger containers for them to transfer their plants. It was a great partnership between Moving to Conservers, Gaia Herbs, the Hunger Coalition, Roosterhead Plantation, and the Transylvania Master Gardeners. Our hope is that more people will begin to grow their own [...]
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. https://www.facebook.com/groups/WeAreBrevardNC/permalink/2946669858749431/ 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 [...]
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 [...]
My grandpa Coram was born in Lebanon. His family moved to the United States when he was an infant. Grandma’s family moved from Lebanon and settled in Jackson, Ohio, where she was born. Grandma always told people grandpa was born in Camel, West Virginia. When I asked her why she said their courthouse had burned down and all the records were lost. She feared he may be deported someday if folks knew where he was born, even though he was a legal resident. I thought she was being ridiculous. I don’t think that anymore, sadly. Anyone who knew them assumed their wedding was arranged. Grandpa was a practical joker. He lived life with joy. He was a great man. I have so much love for him I took his last name after my divorce. Grandma approached life differently. Some of my greatest life lessons came from my close relationship with her. I miss them both deeply and feel their presence at interesting times. My mother took on more [...]
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Transylvania Shares has scheduled its virtual grand opening for June 21st. The board is working to get the website updated with items we have taken in and we are excited to share. We are accepting donations and loans of items folks would like to contribute to the lending library. If you have items you would like to share, please fill out this form and we will contact you: https://movingtoconservers.com/have-an-item-you-would-like-to-donate-or-loan-to-transylvania-shares-let-us-know/ We look forward to hearing from you and sharing more stuff with the community.
John Lawson recently contacted us and asked if he could design a logo for us. He joined us on our last phone call and pitched the idea for the group and there was enthusiastic support for the idea. John needs input from folks and asked for those interested in helping to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org Please feel free to contact him and let's create a logo. Thanks so much John for the offer.
Sunday, ten of us met at Rooster Head Plantation with masks and gloves to pot plants to be given away at this week's Hunger Coalition's food distribution. We tracked our numbers to ensure we stayed within the Governor's guidelines for gatherings. Thanks to donations from Gaia Herbs, Master Gardeners, Moving to Conservers members, Rooster Head Plantation and others, we were able to plant over 50 plants to be given to those who are interested in growing their own food. We used a lot of locally-made compost to fill the pots. How super fantastic is that! We received an amazing assortment of herbs and vegetables. We also received a large assortment of pots and plants to share those with folks who do not have a place to plant. While programs like this have been done in the past, their success is limited without encouragement and follow through. We are working on that in hopes of building relationships and expanding the amount of food grown locally. Bart of our local [...]