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September 14 - October 11, 2020


Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 166 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    food waste prevented
  • up to
    locally sourced meals

PAMELA's Actions


Create an Eat First Area

I will create an "Eat First" area in my fridge to prioritize food that needs to be used right away for my household of 2.

One-Time Action


Track My Wasted Food

I will keep notes on all the food that my household of 2 throws out so I can learn how what we're wasting, how much, and why it goes to waste.

One-Time Action


Source Local Foods

I will buy locally grown food from my grocery store and make 1 meal(s).



Scrutinize Deals

I will resist the suggestion to buy the quantity advertised on sale and only buy what I know I will eat.



  • PAMELA TURNER's avatar
    PAMELA TURNER 10/13/2020 11:00 AM
    Thanks to Hennepin County for sponsoring this ecochallenge!   I am more reflective in the grocery store, and am resisting temptations to buy out of season produce and am definitely choosing local products when I can.
  • Reflection Question
    Storage Create an Eat First Area
    What kinds of food are on your Eat First shelf? Has creating an Eat First area helped you reduce food waste?

    PAMELA TURNER's avatar
    PAMELA TURNER 10/02/2020 1:38 PM
    We live part-time in Minneapolis and part-time in Portland, Oregon.  I've now designated a space in both refrigerators for left-overs so they aren't shoved into the back of all the shelves.  Ate left-overs for lunch today!

  • PAMELA TURNER's avatar
    PAMELA TURNER 9/23/2020 9:34 AM
    Stopped procrastinating and baked those last 2 tortillas for chips for today’s lunch 
  • Reflection Question
    Planning Track My Wasted Food
    What did you learn by tracking your wasted food? Was there anything that surprised you?

    PAMELA TURNER's avatar
    PAMELA TURNER 9/18/2020 9:24 AM
    This observation encompasses 3 challenge actions:  I bought 2 containers of strawberries because of a BOGO sale. I ended up cutting off and discarding unripe ends and spoiled parts. So, wasted food, bought more than I needed because of a sale and bought out of season and non-local produce.  Lesson learned - no California strawberries!

    • Laurel Bieschke's avatar
      Laurel Bieschke 9/18/2020 5:08 PM
      This same thing has happened to me in the past! So easy to be swept up by those BOGO deals. I also stopped going to Fresh Thyme, where the deals are good but the amounts are huge for just 1-2 people. I would always waste and spend more than I wanted to. This year I found a great CSA and supplement produce needs at Aldi.
  • Reflection Question
    Shopping Source Local Foods
    If you were to only eat what is in season locally, what would be the hardest food item for you to give up?

    PAMELA TURNER's avatar
    PAMELA TURNER 9/15/2020 9:55 AM
    Lettuce since we eat a salad most days and we don’t like kale. 
    Fruits that are never local: Avocados, bananas, citrus fruits

    • Kyle Samejima's avatar
      Kyle Samejima 9/16/2020 11:07 AM
      Lemons and limes, for one. I already have given up eating fruit that is not local or in season for the most part, like mangoes.