Rethinking Food Waste

Food Waste Graphic from Tufts University

Let’s do better when it comes to food waste!

November 15 was America Recycles Day. It isn’t often that we get a chance to relate food to recycling but when you think of food waste, we can do better.

I don’t have a garbage disposal at my house so what food and food scraps I don’t use are either tossed or composted. One of my solutions to reduce waste is to compost with worms.  Redworms eat their bedding (shredded newspaper) and food scraps leaving you with a rich soil amendment for plants. Worm composting (called “vermicomposting”) can be done year-round and is a great project for the entire family. Of course, having a bin of worms under your kitchen sink isn’t for everyone, but if you are at least curious give it a try. Learn more about vermicomposting here. Continue reading

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Severe Weather Awareness

Include a bright colored piece of fabric in your winter emergency kit for vehicles.

Tip: Include a substantial-sized bright red piece of material, flag or fabric in your vehicle’s winter emergency kit. If you are stranded in deep snow, or in a snowstorm/blizzard with limited visibility, emergency personnel will have an easier time finding you. Tie the fabric to your antenna. If you are unable to attach to an antenna, make sure you do whatever you can to make the cloth visible even if you have to drape out the vehicle’s window.

November 6 is “Winter Weather Awareness” Day in Nebraska! We’ve had an absolutely beautiful fall in southeastern Nebraska and with temperatures this week in the 50’s & 60’s, it’s hard to imagine winter weather is on the way.  We know a winter storm can last for several days and be accompanied by high winds, freezing rain or sleet, heavy snowfall and cold temperatures. During a severe storm, you could be trapped at home or in a car with no utilities or assistance, and if you attempt to walk for help could find yourself in a life-threatening situation. The aftermath of a winter storm can have an impact on a community or region for days, weeks, or possibly months. Continue reading