Category Archives: Garden

April 22 is…

…Earth Day. Weather permitting, I’m going to spend it outside and away from the computer. If I’m lucky, I might even get my hands into some real earth–I need to get my summer seedlings in the ground. I hope you’re able to do the same! (the outside part, at least) I’ll be back with a […]

April 22, 2009 | Also posted in Environment | Comments closed

Veggie Trader Q & A

This Tuesday, I wrote about online food swapping sites. Another such site, Veggie Trader, has only been operating for a few weeks, but is already creating some buzz. Rob Anderson, one of the site’s Portland-based creators, was nice enough to answer a few questions: How’d you come up with the idea for Veggie Trader? A […]

April 2, 2009 | Also posted in Food Recovery, Household, Q & A, Tree Gleaning | Comments closed

Avoiding That Sinking Feeling

Funky things are happening with the plumbing down under. While I’m still reeling from the clockwise/counter-clockwise toilet flush hoax, Southern hemisphere inventors have moved on. Two recent creations offer solutions to the inefficiency of washing food down the drain. First, a 9-year-old New Zealand boy invented a contraption that allows you to dump food waste […]

January 5, 2009 | Also posted in Composting, Household, International, Waste Stream | Comments closed

New Year, New Resolutions

Believe it or not, another year is finished (again?). As we celebrate 2009’s beginning, let’s resolve to reduce food waste. Because I doubt I can communicate my thoughts any better, here’s an op-ed I wrote in 2006. In addition to recycling ideas from two years ago (recycle, reduce, reuse, right?!), I’m making a few new […]

December 31, 2008 | Also posted in Composting, Household, Personal | Comments closed

Dig It

Seeds of Change, a US and British seed seller, want you to Dig Your Dinner (and maybe even lunch). They’ve launched a campaign (with cool graphics) to promote gardening. While you may not join the program (for £20) and receive their seeds, you can heed their message. In addition to the often-discussed benefits of gardening […]

December 30, 2008 | Also posted in International | Comments closed

Holiday Shopping

There aren’t many items you can buy that will reduce food waste; it’s mostly what you do. That said, here are a few useful goodies: While a bruised banana isn’t necessarily a wasted one (it’s just the start of a smoothie or banana bread), that’s harder to pull off at work or school. That’s why […]

December 16, 2008 | Also posted in Composting, Household | Comments closed

Weather We Waste

Brrr. Here in North Carolina we just dipped into frost season. The cold, while handy for preserving your jack-o-lantern, will signal the end for all but the underground crops and hearty winter greens (collards, anyone?). For those still hanging on to a few late season crops, it may be time to pick what you have […]

October 30, 2008 | Also posted in Personal | Comments closed