Percentage of food thrown away in the U.S. that ends up in the landfill .
Environmental Protection Agency
Shared Challenge: Begin growing at least one piece of food inside your home this week, or plan your outdoor garden.
Gardening allows us to connect with the earth and makes us mindful of the time and resources needed to grow food. As a result, we are less likely to waste food that we take the time to produce.
As we prepare to enter into Holy Week and the last week of the Food Waste Fast, we hope that you will take some time to attempt to grow food. Each seed is a symbol of the resurrection, dying in order to bring new life.
Find suggestions below for everyone to grow something, even if you don’t have access to outdoor space or seeds.
If you have space to create an outdoor garden, use the tips in the articles below to help you plan where to plant and what to grow.
If you have no outdoor space, there are some plants that can be grown indoors with a little creativity.
If you do have a small outdoor space like a patio, consider planting food in containers. Tomatoes, squash, and lettuce are just a few of the items you can grow with some soil and a container (consider using old plastic containers if you don’t currently have access to pots).
Don’t have access to seeds?
You may already have foods in your fridge that can be used to grow more food. Sweet potatoes, garlic, celery, herbs, and green onions are just a few of the foods that are easy to propagate with some water and sunlight. Try sprouting one new plant from a food scrap this week.
Note: This week we initially planned to explore the theme of sustainable celebrations in preparation for Easter meals. Since most people are practicing social distancing at this point, we changed the theme to gardening but hope that you will use the Guest-imator Tool to help plan food quantities for future celebrations.
As we also all attempt to limit our trips to the grocery store, be sure to check out the Interactive Storage Guide for tips to store food so that it stays fresh longer.
Brenna Davis is director of Education for Justice and environmental initiatives for the Ignatian Solidarity Network. She graduated from Boston College in 2010 and served in Cleveland as a Jesuit Volunteer. She previously taught theology, coached cross country, and served as main office coordinator at Saint Martin de Porres, Cleveland’s Cristo Rey High School. During her time there she was the self-proclaimed assistant to the director of facilities in all sustainability initiatives on campus. She is a certified spiritual director and a Cuyahoga County Master Recycler.
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