A Clear View – Just Do It !

Just do it!


A few months ago I wrote a clearview about the staggering amount of food that is discarded in the U.S. To review, it is estimated that about 30-40% of the food that is raised ends up in landfills. The main concern of all this waste is the environmental effects from depleting the nutrients in the soil to contributing to global warming. The first line of defense is to be conscientious about what is purchased to prevent what we used to refer to when I was growing up as “the science experiment in the fridge.” This is where food was bought, left to turn into a green fuzzy thing, and discarded before ever making it into any meal. I’ve eliminated “science experiments” by being thoughtful in my purchase but I still have food scraps from preparing meals. Now what?

Last week, I had the good fortune of attending the Farm to School conference. One of the workshops that I attended was on Bokashi composting. The first thing that I appreciated was the presenter referred to himself as a soil farmer. I love that vision of thinking of the soil as a dynamic living piece of our food picture that needs to be cared for and nurtured. I have been a gardener for decades but have always thought of myself as a vegetable gardener, I’m going to shift my thinking a bit.

The process of Bokashi composting is to first ferment the food scraps in an anaerobic environment. It is a bit more complicated than traditional composting. I have been playing with fermenting vegetables for a few years, because of the health benefits. If it is good for me, I had never thought of why wouldn’t it also be good for the soil. Also, it is always fun to learn about a new topic. So I’m literally digging into this new way of doing things. This is a bit more complicated than many might be ready for however composting in general doesn’t have to be as complicated. Also, in Norway it is as simple as bringing your food scraps to the transfer station where it is picked up by Compost ME out of Lewiston. Keeping food scraps out of the landfill has never been easier whether you do it yourself with composting it or bringing it to the collection bins at the transfer station. Pick you strategy and than do it.


Kate Goldberg-Nutrition Educator at Healthy Oxford Hills, a project of Stephens Memorial Hospital


Reprinted with Permission from the Advertiser Democrat.