Monthly Archives: November 2008

Session Notes, Reduced

In addition to witnessing my first buffet outage, I actually learned a thing or two at yesterday’s AASHE conference. In a session called “Food, Dining and Compost,” I heard folks from the University of British Columbia and the University of Washington talk about their composting programs. First, good on them for composting. But my main […]

November 12, 2008 | Posted in College, Composting, General | Comments closed

Running On Empty

“If you’re in the back of the line, chances are, there will not be enough food for you.” That was the announcement made over the loudspeaker at the Sustainable Solutions Expo today. Huh?? Now, conferences are often culprits when it comes to food waste. Organizers seem to provide an abundance, and because meals are usually […]

November 11, 2008 | Posted in Events | Comments closed

Back to Frugal

In August, I gave a shout out to The Frugal Girl for striving to eliminate her family’s food waste. She’s kept up the good work since then and just recently reached pay dirt. Last week, for only the second week since she began in March, her family made zero food waste. Nada. How do I […]

November 10, 2008 | Posted in Household | Comments closed

Friday Buffet

Sure, Virginia helped elect our first African-American president, but they wouldn’t compost at Mr. Jefferson’s University, would they? — — And while UVA may be composting, one dining hall at Portland State is attempting to go zero-waste. Oh, that’s so Portland. — — When I was a kid, we didn’t have fancy orange desserts, we […]

November 7, 2008 | Posted in College, Composting, Friday Buffet | Comments closed

Quick Trigger

Monday, I referenced snagging some produce from a vendor’s compost box at my local farmers’ market. (I love how the tomato on the market’s site isn’t perfect–very honest) I also bought some stuff from that vendor and couldn’t help notice the many decent-looking peppers and squash in their compost bin as I paid. Out of […]

November 6, 2008 | Posted in Farm, Personal | Comments closed

The Day After

In the glow of President-elect Obama’s victory watershed win, Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat, made the TV rounds, putting the moment in perspective. Lewis, a hero of the civil rights movement and a member of congress for more than 20 years, has a unique vantage point from which to comment on last night’s historic […]

November 5, 2008 | Posted in General | Comments closed

Word of the Day

An unused vote is a wasted vote. — Note: No food was wasted in the making of this photograph. Any guesses on what the ‘V’ is?

November 4, 2008 | Posted in General | Comments closed

Best Laid Plans

You’ve read my rants about the importance of menu planning before. What you haven’t seen, though, is such a detailed, step-by-step rundown. As you’ll see, Simple Mom walks readers through her Google Calendar-aided method. It’s quite a system, and one that I think could help many of you cut down on cabinet castaways and forgotten […]

November 3, 2008 | Posted in Household, Personal | Comments closed