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elura Harris-Toovy

capstone summer 20

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elura's Actions

Food

Zero-Waste Cooking

I will cook 1 meal(s) with zero waste each day this week.

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Consumption and Economy

Track my Purchases

I will maintain a record of all my purchases.

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Consumption and Economy

Buy Only What I Need

I will not buy anything except items required for health and safety.

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Food

Weekly Meal Planning

I will reduce food waste and save money by planning a weekly menu, only buying the ingredients I need.

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Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 2 meatless meal(s) and/or 2 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

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Food

Support Local Food Systems

I will source 1 meal(s) from local producers each day this week. This could include signing up for a local CSA, buying from a farmer's market, visiting a food co-op, foraging with a local group, or growing my own ingredients.

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Choose Organic Ingredients

I will enjoy 2 meal(s) cooked with organic ingredients each day this week.

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Watch a Documentary

I will watch a documentary film about food with family and friends and talk about what we learned.

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    elura Harris-Toovy 7/15/2020 7:20 PM
    I just ordered my first mason bee cocoons from Territorial Seed Company. They are blue mason bees and will come around February. I am both excited and terrified. My father and I have divided to go on this beekeeping adventure together and it has really brought us closer. Times have been hard and this project has introduced some much-needed fun into our lives. I would highly recommend if you have the time and space.

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    elura Harris-Toovy 7/15/2020 7:15 PM
    This week I started recording what I throw away. So far I have three tie tabs, two rubber bands, lots of floss, a travel-sized bottle of face wash, 1 oat milk cartoon cap, and 1 plastic pill casing. I have found that because I am recording all of this I am much more likely to find an alternative use for something than throw it away. I have found that all lids are great painting pallets, and toothbrush heads are great for cleaning those hard to reach places. kind of gross question but does anyone know if there is a zero-waste swop for floss?

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    elura Harris-Toovy 7/09/2020 6:56 PM
    My brother and I biked about 1.2 miles with my brother to my local market. We didn't buy much because I am the only one with a basket, but the trip was fun and served as that day's exercise, a great deal in my book. 

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      Aida Marzullo 7/16/2020 7:51 PM
      I enjoyed your bee babies, and it's a good ie=dea to get your family involved.

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      amy minato 7/12/2020 1:58 PM
      great! you can get panniers for bikes that attach to the rack that are super handy

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    elura Harris-Toovy 7/09/2020 6:43 PM
    I have continued to eat one vegan meal each day and started to make more zero-waste meals with seasonal ingredients. Right now one of my favorites is homemade vegan basil pesto with zucchini pasta. Here is a link to the pesto recipe is anyone wants it https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/79450/yummy-vegan-pesto-classico. The recipe is still good if you substitute parsley for the basil. 

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      amy minato 7/12/2020 1:59 PM
      thank you! I am making carrot top, parsley, beet top pesto tomorrow. zuchini pasta sounds great. do you have a pasta maker? 

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    elura Harris-Toovy 7/06/2020 4:44 PM
    I have also started to talk to my family about what we can do as a group to be more sustainable. We are thinking up projects that improve the efficiency of our compost collection and management, as well as how to decrease our use of electricity. It might have to take some more time to convince them that setting up a clothesline would be good, but I hope we get there. 

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      amy minato 7/07/2020 6:24 PM
      I used to use a clothesline and now I use a metal clothes rack. it doesnt take up my whole yard and is easy to fold up and put away


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    elura Harris-Toovy 7/06/2020 4:39 PM
    This weekend I made my own soy milk! It was a long process, and the end result needs some work, but it was nice to know that I can make it and the price difference between beans and water and the carton at the store. I will be honest though, and it is significantly more expensive to make soy milk than to buy it and it takes a lot of time.  

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      amy minato 7/07/2020 6:25 PM
      I guess the difference would be that homemade must be much healthier and tastier.  I have been making frozen yogurt and it tastes better AND is cheaper.

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      elura Harris-Toovy 7/07/2020 8:34 AM
      I haven't yet, but I do want to try that next. Oh yeah, making Tempe and seitan sounds so exciting and is definitely on my list. 

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      Laura Arens 7/07/2020 8:30 AM
      oh dang! good for you. Have you tried making oat milk ever? My friend was showing me how to make tempeh this weekend with soybeans it seemed manageable. 

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    elura Harris-Toovy 6/28/2020 1:32 PM
    I loved watching the biggest little farm this weekend. The cinematography was beautiful, and the story was unexpectedly complex and heartwarming. I highly recommend this documentary if you haven’t seen it already. 

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      amy minato 6/29/2020 2:21 PM
      it is my new favorite film..

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    elura Harris-Toovy 6/28/2020 1:30 PM
    Happy to report that this last week was preplanned with many vegan meals in mind. Almost all fruits and veg purchased for last week's meals were organic. For the previous week, at least two of my daily meals were vegan. One of my favorite staples from last week's meals was homemade beans. I used frozen beans I harvested from my garden last year and followed Carla's bean recipe from Bon Appetite using olive oil instead of schmaltz (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXqoyt4vsPA). The liquid that you cooked the beans in is also so great for cooking quinoa, lentils, couscous, and even rice.

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      amy minato 6/29/2020 2:22 PM
      I did not know that you could freeze beans... thanks!