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Reduce, reuse and compost

rob loucks

 Watching the steam rise at the Nature's Needs composting facility in North Plains

Watching the steam rise at the Nature's Needs composting facility in North Plains

Managing food waste is not just about composting. It's important to plan your meals so you don't buy too much food. If your planning is a little off, having some food scrap tricks in your back pocket is always a great plan.

Luckily, in Portland, we have curbside composting so when your meal plans and your scrap recipes aren't enough you can send your food waste to be turned into soil amendments.

 Food waste Jepardy

Food waste Jepardy

Stacy and Emily warmed us up with a round of food waste jeopardy before breaking us into two groups.

One group went with Emily to the kitchen where they learned how to make vegetable stock from left over veggie bits. The other group joined Stacy to share meal planning and food storage ideas.

After enjoying a delicious meal prepared by the folks working with Emily we took a field trip to Nature's Needs to see first hand how a large scale composting facility operates. We were even treated to a show by Frank, on of the falcons on staff to keep pests away from the facility.

 Frank enjoying a snack after finishing his work

Frank enjoying a snack after finishing his work