Climate Action in Our Kitchens

Food Shift’s Kitchen Guide Shares Year-Round Cooking Wisdom   “No one and nothing is left behind in the Food Shift kitchen,” says Jen Franco, culinary director of the Alameda-based nonprofit Food Shift. The Kitchen is home to a culinary training program to transform surplus food—produce that would otherwise go to waste. The students, overcoming employment…

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Food Connects Us All

Caring for food and each other, one bite at a time     Food may offer up a bright spot during the pandemic as we share home-cooked meals, try out new recipes, or splurge on takeout from a local restaurant, but there are many in our communities who can’t afford even the most basic meals.…

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Grants up to $20K Now Available

Apply by March 15 for StopWaste Grants   StopWaste is offering grants with total funding up to $475K for projects that focus on preventing waste in Alameda County and supporting local communities in these categories: Reuse & Repair: Up to $20K per grant for projects that prevent disposal or recycling in favor of repair, reuse,…

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East Bay Natural Grocers Win StopWaste Award

East Bay Natural Grocers Win StopWaste Business Efficiency Award     Alameda Natural Grocery has been the go-to place for healthy, sustainable foods and other goods for almost two decades, and they recently expanded to Castro Valley, bringing the same “highest-use first” practices to the new location. Alameda & Castro Valley Natural Grocers is an…

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StopFoodWaste

Can a Carrot Cause Climate Change?   As spring rounds the corner, Saneta and her daughter Alma look forward to getting their small vegetable garden in Oakland ready for the growing season. “We love tomatoes, beans, and lettuce. And of course, crunchy carrots. Those are Alma’s favorites,” says Saneta. She knows they’ll be extra tasty…

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Make 2020 the Year You Waste Less Food

New Year’s Resolutions     Make 2020 the Year You Waste Less Food (while saving money and eating healthier meals)   It’s a new year, and good intentions abound. Maybe yours are to shop less, cook more fresh meals instead of eating out, and tread more lightly on the Earth. Resolve to waste less food,…

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Edible DIY Gifts

  Need last-minute holiday gifts that don’t break the bank, are personal, and will be appreciated? Try these DIY preserves and pickles made with seasonal fruit and veggies and presented in pretty glass jars you may already have. While small mason jars work well for these goodies, why not upcycle empty glass jars from other…

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Keep your Herbs Fresh

Just a few sprigs of fresh herbs can add amazing depth and flavor to a dish and boost nutritional value too! Parsley, basil, chives, mint, tarragon, cilantro, and dill all have high amounts of vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals. But even when recipes call for more than a garnish, the better part of most herb bunches…

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When Life Gives You Lemons

    Lemonade is great, but there’s so much more you can do with a bumper crop of citrus, including just putting your fruit in the freezer for another day! That’s right, whole lemons freeze very well. By freezing home-grown citrus, you can use nearly every part of the fruit: grate the peel over yogurt, salads,…

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