HOW CAN WE MINIMIZE FOOD WASTE USING COMPOST

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My Catalyst Goal: 

My goal in this project is to actually put this knowledge of food conservation into use for me and my family. I want to reduce the waste coming out of my household and convince other people to do the same, during this tough time. Food waste seems to be rising due to more people staying at home and having to cook for themselves. Compost has many different uses such as fertilizer, soil, and even tea.                   

 So What Is Composting and Compost itself?

Composting is an aerobic method (meaning that it requires the presence of air) of decomposing organic solid wastes. The compost itself is a good source of fertilizer. Compost is used to minimize food waste. The United Nation has 17 global goals to reach and I think composting is definitely under “Zero Hunger” and “Responsible consumption and production.”

Composting is an aerobic method (meaning that it requires the presence of air) of decomposing organic solid wastes. The compost itself is a good source of fertilizer. Compost is used to minimize food waste. The United Nation has 17 global goals to reach and I think composting is definitely under “Zero Hunger” and “Responsible consumption and production.”

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Compost is the best way to put your food scraps to good use.

  Data Analysis:

What is food waste? 

Food waste is all the food that goes into the trash then goes to the landfill.

Why is there so much food waste in the world?

For every 1 person in the U.S. the average food waste is 1 pound per person. 

There are 382.2 million people in the U.S.

Each year, 72 billion pounds of food goes to waste while 42 million people may face hunger due to the pandemic. 

1 out of every 5 children are hungry every to this day

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     Steps to Help You Start Your Composting Journey

  1. First you need to choose what kind of composting system you would like to do. There are many types of bins or open piles of composting available. Places like home depot and other plant stores sell composting bins which make composting more tidy and organized. Unfortunately composting bins are quite pricey from most ranging above 100 dollars. Here are some links to composting bins available online. 

Walmart:

Burpee Gardening:

  1. First off is to layer your bin with leaves, twigs, sticks, etc. for water to drain. Your first layer should be brown, then the second layer should be greens.
  1. The brown layer, two the left on the chart, are things that aren’t edible unlike the green layer.
  1.  The brown layer prevents weeds and seeds from growing in your compost.
  1. Earthworms can be added to compost inside compost bins to break down compost faster. If your compost bin is outside the weather does the work.  
  1. Earthworms are totally optional, and are not required to produce compost.

 7.  Everytime you add something to your compost bin, it should be followed by adding a layer of brown to prevent compost from being too wet and watery. Compost should be wet, but not too watery to the point of a liquid. 

https://www.leduc.ca/composting/7-easy-steps-composting

      You are all set and ready to start composting!

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Composting At My School, Savannah Country Day School

Click this link to find out how SCDS used to compost, before the pandemic

Bring Composting back to SCDS!!

Spoonful of SAGE | Growing SAGE: The Educational Gardens at Savannah  Country Day
Spoonful of SAGE | Growing SAGE: The Educational Gardens at Savannah  Country Day

Composting at “ The Sentient Bean” in Savannah GA

The Sentient Bean is a vegan restaurant and coffee shop in Forsyth Park that has been composting since they opened in 2001. They compost to reduce methane producing garbage, and the price to haul off garbage. The restaurant uses its compost to grow their own garden. They donate the food to local community gardens.

The Sentient Bean (@SaidAtTheBean) | Twitter CITY TALK: 15 years later, The Sentient Bean is still nurturing community -  Business - Savannah Morning News - Savannah, GA

Co-owner: Kristen Russel

Their Website: https://www.sentientbean.com

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4 Comments

4 comments

  1. Kathryn Sohl

    Hey Lin! I love your project. It is easy to follow yet very informative. I had no previous knowledge about composting and now I feel as though I can start right away. I especially enjoyed the video on your school’s composting program. Is there ever a time when there was too much food to compost?

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    Hi! I really liked reading this webpage. I remember doing composting back in middle school, but didn’t quite understand the process. This page was really informative in helpful in allowing me to understand how composting works and how I can reduce food waste. I really liked how you incorporated the steps that show how we can all compost and reduce food waste. This was a great project!

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    Hi! I really enjoyed learning about compost and food waste. I remember doing it in middle school but never really understood it till now. This page was easy to follow and very informative. Great project!

  4. Layla

    Hey Lin! Great project on such an important and pressing issue! The information you provided is really helpful. It was really smart to supply the materials and such necessary to take action. Great work!
    -Layla

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