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Is Walmart taking over our food system? Grist says yes.



Eaters, beware: Walmart is taking over our food system

Walmart has become the most powerful force in the U.S. food system, selling 25 percent of our groceries and growing fast. This will likely mean fewer neighborhood grocery stores, more industrialization, more poverty, and maybe even more moldy produce. Stacy Mitchell reports as part of a series on Walmart’s greenwashing.

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Save 50% on coffee made at home

A photo of a cup of coffee.

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Here’s a useful tip from the WasteNothing Yahoo! Group.  I haven’t tried it yet, but I will this morning without telling my wife.  We’ll see if she notices any difference.

… coffee…when making the first pot, make it as usual; in our house that means three scoops in a reusable filter that came with the pot…second pot…use the same grounds in the filter, just add half as much coffee (in this case one and a half scoops) and it tastes the same to husband and I and makes the coffee go 50% further. We do not often have leftover coffee but when we do it goes in a mason jar in the fridge and is warmed by the cup in the microwave.

via WasteNothing : Message: Cleaning Velcro and frugal coffee habit.

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Making Dandelion Wine

I have always wanted to try this. I have a neighbour who has lower-than-average lawnmowing skills and about one million dandelions in the backyard. They are encroaching into my grass. Wouldn’t this be a nice way to make use of them?

Check out this editorial on how to make your own dandelion wine!



The website I am linking to has a lot of really cool, different ideas about homes and living, many very frugal and environmental. Give them a browse!


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Community Gardening in Ottawa

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Community Gardening Network of Ottawa is an information and resource-sharing network that supports the sustainable development of community gardens within the city.

via Just Food | Providing Food Security to the Ottawa Carleton Region | Local food, gardening workshops, volunteer opportunities.

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Cheap Chick – Meals for 4 Under $5 – Depression Cooking

Classic photo of a distress sale -- Great Depr...

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I found this link on the Waste Nothing group.  This group discusses ways to re-purpose and up cycle without creating waste.

93 year old grandmother Clara is marketing her Great Depression Cooking on DVD  and has a slew of Youtube videos that qualify in my book as Cheap Chick meals for under $5.

the website:

Just goes to show you that sometimes the old ways really are the best ways!

Shelby Cooper is Freecycling’s Cheap Chick!

Stay tuned….more depression recipes to come!



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Ottawa’s Good Food Box

I was thinking this morning about gardening. I can see some of my lawn now that the snow is melting away and this time of year always gets me antsy for planting time.

Next I remembered when I lived in Peterborough and there was a program where you paid an amount of money (very reasonable!) and got fresh local fruits and veggies delivered to you. I cannot remember if it was weekly all of the time, but it definitely was during the summer in peak fruit and veggie time!

Does Ottawa have this program too? I wondered. So I took a look and it appears that they do!

A box is delivered once a month on the third Wednesday of the month. There are various sizes of boxes too. As I read through the FAQ, it looks like the boxes are not always “local” per say, as we all know there’s not too much going on in the growing department during an Ottawa winter, but the boxes are filled with the “staples” like potatoes, bananas, etc. The Local growing season boxes are available during the summer.

I like these kind of things. I know that when I go to the grocery store I have a hard time picking out which fruits and vegetables I want to eat that week, what I will make out of them, you all know how it is I am sure. Something that I like about these Good Food Boxes is that you don’t have to choose, you must use what you are sent! It gives you an opportunity to create new meals with things that you have in the house.

If you are interested in the Good Food Box program, check it out here.

Are there other programs like this that you know about or would like to share? Let me know in the comments!!


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