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September 14 - October 11, 2020
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Sandra Clarke

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Sandra's Actions

Planning

Prepare plant-rich dishes

Cook meals that are meat, dairy and mainly oil free. Using vegetables from a CSA share, over the last 4 weeks I have prepared 10 plant-rich dinners. For these 10 meals, I tried new recipes, enjoyed them and they have become part of my cooking repertoire. My goal is to continue fixing plant-rich menus that will generate food waste that can be used in the backyard composting project that our condo community is starting.

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Community

Start Backyard Composting

My household will set up a backyard bin to compost our fruit and vegetable scraps.

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Community

Enroll in a Composting Workshop

I will attend a free backyard composting workshop on September 22 and learn more about how to compost at home.

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Cooking

Cook From Root to Leaf

I will try 2 root-to-leaf recipes, which utilize all parts of the vegetable, such as beet greens, carrot tops, and herb stems.

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    Sandra Clarke 10/10/2020 4:31 PM
    Over the last 4 weeks I have prepared 10 plant-rich dinners. I plan to continue this action in the next month that will generate plant-rich food waste. I will contribute this food waste to our condo community's new backyard composting project. 

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    Sandra Clarke 10/10/2020 3:50 PM
    Our condo community has started a backyard compost program. To date, we have bought 4 compost bins from Hennepin County. The compost bins have been assembled in our community garden area near a water source in case we need to add moisture. Volunteers have shredded leaves collected by the landscape service for our property. Other volunteers have begun layering plant material from the community gardens with a second layer of shredded leaves in one bin. Soon a third group of volunteers will begin donating meat, dairy and oil free food waste for the third layer. We hope to have 3 bins curing over the winter.  Thank you, Hennepin County, for your helpful handouts - all 3 of which I have read. 

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    Sandra Clarke 9/24/2020 1:27 PM
    The composting workshop was excellent. It included many hints for starting backyard composting and allowed us to ask questions during the presentation. I am particularly interested in the collecting food waste. I learned what is recommended to collect. Kleenex and paper towels were a surprise! Also I learned what not to include (dinner scraps if oily or dairy-based).

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    Sandra Clarke 9/24/2020 1:14 PM
    I made 2 recipes using all parts of a fennel. For carrot soup I roasted the sliced fennel bulb and chopped fennel stalks, then combined them with broth and water and pureed them in a blender. I chopped the fennel fronds to use as a garnish on the finished soup. The finished product was tasty but crunchy. I think boiling instead of roasting the vegetables would have been better. 

    To make egg salad I diced all three parts of the fennel and stirred it in with chopped hard-boiled eggs. It was delicious. 

    For both recipes I used the entire fennel except for a tiny dirty spot. 

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    Sandra Clarke 9/24/2020 1:02 PM
    Volunteers to collect food waste have been recruited from our condo community. When leaves are collected and plant waste is collected from the community gardens, I among others will start turning in our food waste for composting. 
  • Reflection Question
    Community Start Backyard Composting
    How is your backyard composting going? Have you run into any challenges or learned any lessons?

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    Sandra Clarke 9/24/2020 12:52 PM
    Hennepin County's webinar was very informative.. I learned what materials go into a compost bin, specifically what kinds of food waste can (and cannot) be included.