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Gerda Miller


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    spent outdoors
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    zero-waste meals

Gerda's Actions


Learn About My Watershed

I will find local resources for learning about my watershed and the particular water issues my region faces.

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Zero-Waste Cooking

I will cook 3 meal(s) with zero waste each day this week.

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Ecological Principles

Practice Gratitude for Earth

This week, I will spend 30 minute(s) each day outside, practicing gratitude (prayer, meditation, journaling, etc.) for Earth and the nature surrounding me.

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A Call to Sustainability

Explore My Area

I will explore at least one new hiking trail or nature walk in my area.

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    Gerda Miller 10/24/2021 11:09 AM
    I just reported my first rainfall measurement to CoCoRaHS, a community network that allows volunteers to measure rain, hail and snow in their backyards and report it. It costs about $40 to get a rain gauge, and online training is available. The data can be used to see precipitation patterns in watersheds. Who knew my interest in weather can help better understand my local watershed?

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    Gerda Miller 10/20/2021 2:50 AM
    Zero waste cooking works with portion control for me. Homemade soups do create leftovers, so I count them as two-meal cooking.

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      Tammy Alverson 10/24/2021 7:33 AM
      Great idea!  I save scraps and make veggie broth when I have enough.  I really should do a "soup" night to help clean out the fridge.

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    Gerda Miller 10/19/2021 5:33 AM
    Reflection #3
    Shopping for food is where I can most easily affect my food habits. I believe in buying a variety of food based on storage: shelf stable, room temp, refrigerated and frozen. A 2012 derecho wiped out my full chest freezer, so I keep a minimum of this type of food and got rid of my separate freezer. Shelf stable items include food that I use frequently, so I don’t stockpile and end up throwing away expired items. My biggest need for change is using condiments. I need to find dried spices that enhance flavor rather than having a bunch of bottles taking up refrigerator door space and little used.

    • Tammy Alverson's avatar
      Tammy Alverson 10/24/2021 7:36 AM
      I've heard horror stories from friends who've lost large quantities of food from a freezer fail.  They just had to throw it all away.  We have a small chest freezer but it's used only to store extra meals when I cook a lot and want easy dinners to thaw later when I'm lazy :)

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    Gerda Miller 10/14/2021 3:32 AM
    I’ve been journaling my hikes for 7 years and am amazed by the joy I find in rereading my entries from time to time. I’ve become a phenology student by accident and appreciate patterns and cycles in nature.

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      Tammy Alverson 10/24/2021 7:37 AM
      7 years!  wow!  I do it off and on.  I should stick with it more as when I clean out a drawer and come across an old journal of hiking/vacationing/birding I just love to relive it all!

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      Jennifer Goldschneider 10/15/2021 6:01 PM
      This is so fun to hear about! I always enjoy keeping a journal of travel, but I have never done it for local explorations. You are inspiring me to give it a try!

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    Gerda Miller 10/13/2021 6:11 AM
    Shrinking my ecological footprint means not just talk but do: practice“just enough,” repurpose when possible, and make my yard more nature friendly.

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    Gerda Miller 10/09/2021 10:38 AM
    I just finished a hike in the woods on a new trail. White oak acorns seem plentiful this year. Good news for the wildlife that eat them. Leaves are starting to turn color, so fall is in full swing.

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    Gerda Miller 10/08/2021 3:20 AM
    Shoutout to the person suggesting recycling for animals. This past Wed, I took several plastic grocery bags and worn sheets to my dog’s boarding place.

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      Evangeline Bauerle 10/13/2021 5:40 PM
      Yay! That was me! I volunteer and foster for SAAP, if you ever have other items you need to get rid of that your boarder doesn't need.

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    Gerda Miller 10/08/2021 2:19 AM
    Reflection #1
    I joined this program to help complete OCVN certification and add sustainability options to my life. I want to learn about existing programs in my community and use them. My practical side could add to group discussion.