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Portland Restaurant Composts Its Food Waste

Rebecca Gerendasy makes great videos for her web site “Cooking Up A Story”. This one features the Bijou Café, which now composts all its kitchen waste.

Rebecca writes: “I had heard about a program at the Office of Sustainable Development called Portland Composts! This makes so much sense, but how does one go about learning how and what’s entailed? I set out to learn from one who knew firsthand, and I found that one of the best local and organic breakfast places in town has been participating in this program since its early days, the Bijou Café.

“Kathleen Hagberg and the crew at the Bijou have made the change from going to the dump to going to the composter. And it wasn’t all that hard for them. It seems to be working in Seattle, and San Francisco too.”

See more about “Commercial Composting” on “Cooking Up a Story”.

May 30, 2008   Comments Off on Portland Restaurant Composts Its Food Waste

Nelson Mandela- Prisoner, Rooftop Food Gardener


Photo from “A Prisoner in the Garden”.

Excerpt from his autobiography, “Long Walk to Freedom”.

“The Bible tells us that gardens preceded gardeners, but that was not the case at Pollsmoor, where I cultivated a garden that became one of my happiest diversions. It was my way of escaping from the monolithic concrete world that surrounded us. Within a few weeks of surveying all the empty space we had on the building’s roof and how it was bathed the whole day, I decided to start a garden and received permission to do so from the commanding officer.

“Each morning, I put on a straw hat and rough gloves and worked in the garden for two hours. Every Sunday, I would supply vegetables to the kitchen so that they could cook a special meal for the common-law prisoners. I also gave quite a lot of my harvest to the warders, who used to bring satchels to take away their fresh vegetables.”

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May 30, 2008   Comments Off on Nelson Mandela- Prisoner, Rooftop Food Gardener