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April 3 - April 24, 2019
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Allie H

Comox Valley Unitarians, Comox United Church & Friends


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    zero-waste meals

Allie's actions


Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants

#46 Water Saving - Home

I will prevent water runoff and increase absorbency by mulching the base of trees and plants in my yard.



Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture

#11 Regenerative Agriculture

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning about the need for more regenerative agriculture.



Learn More about Silvopasture

#9 Silvopasture

I will spend at least 30 minutes watching videos and/or reading about the environmental benefits of silvopasture.



Zero-waste Cooking

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will cook 3 meal(s) with zero-waste each day



Keep Track of Wasted Food

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will keep a daily log of food I throw away during the EcoChallenge, either because it went bad before I ate it, I put too much on my plate, or it was scraps from food preparation.



Explore Other Food Solutions

All Food Solutions

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching other Drawdown Food Solutions.


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    Food Learn More about Silvopasture
    Had you heard of the term "silvopasture" before now? After learning more about it, what do you think is the biggest advantage of silvopasture?

    Allie H's avatar
    Allie H 4/10/2019 10:12 PM
    I didn't know much about  silvopasture until know.  I think it would be a great advantage to farmers in the unpredictable future. 

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    Allie H 4/10/2019 1:32 PM
    For anyone trying to reduce food waste, here is a hack that I learned from my aunt.  Instead of composting or throwing away vegetable scraps (carrot peel, onion ends, etc.) put them in a bag and store in the freezer until you're ready to make a soup stock.  I also like putting broccoli stems in smoothies.

    • Kasia Stepien's avatar
      Kasia Stepien 4/15/2019 8:49 AM
      I also cook as much of my broccoli stems as I can... when you get further down on the stem, you can cut off the tough, fibrous outside of the stem and slice up the rest into tender, sweet medallions :)

    • Kasia Stepien's avatar
      Kasia Stepien 4/15/2019 8:47 AM
      Great idea for the broccoli stems in smoothies! Maybe that's what I can do with my kale stems. 

    • Rachel McBryan 's avatar
      Rachel McBryan 4/11/2019 11:27 PM
      Great idea!

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      Allie H 4/11/2019 10:29 AM
      I don't have a specific recipe for vegetable stock, it always changes depending on what veggie scraps we have in the fridge or freezer.  I don't think you can go wrong really.  Once you strain the stock, your scraps can go in the compost.    

    • Heather Kennedy-MacNeill's avatar
      Heather Kennedy-MacNeill 4/10/2019 3:50 PM
      Helpful...would love to get a recipe for a good vegetable stock, and what about peels from fruit? Of course, I’m curious about the discussion about this since our backyard ‘farm’ requires lots of compost which we’re always wanting to make!

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    Allie H 4/09/2019 6:40 AM
    I have selected 5 Food challenges because this category inspires me .  By choosing to purchase local, organic and zero waste packaging (even though it is often more expensive) I have a vote, I have a voice.  I have been doing this for many years now, but I was wondering if there was more I could do to make a difference.  I will work hard to not only cook meals with zero food waste, but to add to the challenge I will try to significantly reduce my packaging waste too.    

    • Kasia Stepien's avatar
      Kasia Stepien 4/15/2019 8:59 AM
      That's awesome Allie! I'm trying to do several of those things as well (buy local, reduce food waste, and reduce packaging). 

      For reducing packaging, I've become a big fan of the Bulk Barn. You can bring your own containers or reusable bags with you, and fill them up directly. I'll bring little cloth bags with me to use the bulk section at regular grocery stores too, and it's helped cut out a lot of packaging. I can't help but think of folks with severe allergies though, who can't shop bulk... cutting back on packaging would be really hard!