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Over Easy: The Human Face of Sustainability (updated)

4:24 am in Uncategorized by Crane-Station

Food from one of the author's many dumpster diving expeditions.

The Human Face of Sustainability is a creative non-fiction essay contest with a May, 13, 2013 deadline and a 4000-word limit.

We welcome personal essays or stories about extraordinary individuals or communities, and stories about innovative solutions to sustainability. We seek essays on topics that range from global to local, from “big” (e.g., Resilience after natural disaster;) New technology solutions vs. common sense; Energy harvesting) to “small” (e.g., Personal decisions about consumption; Reuse, recycle, up-cycle, bicycle?; Green, clean—what does it mean?; What can we learn from past generations?). Whatever the subject, we want to hear about it in an essay that blends facts and research with narrative—employing scenes, descriptions, etc.

I may consider entering an essay, because my husband and I are more than half-way through our third consecutive year of eating from dumpsters, and pretty much everything we use and wear has also come from dumpsters. We have a motorcycle as our only vehicle. Because sustainability is the capacity to endure, I believe our small personal experiences fit the criteria in the description.

However, when I looked at this list of sustainability article topics, I nearly gave up. (The list is not on the essay site. It is on Wikipedia.) For example, what is Adiabatic Lapse Rate? What does that have to do with getting kicked out of a grocery store for carrying our empty backpacks (we’re on a motorcycle) into a store?

I had better luck searching Google Scholar, where I found a lecture titled, Simple Ways to Green Your Organization: Presented at the Conference on Community Based Aging Services November 5, 2009, as well as other school-related projects where students share their dumpster diving experiences. However, I have yet to find an article describing the nitty-gritty of real-life, daily dependence on this activity.

What we cannot find in the dumpsters, we find in the thrift stores, most notably our local Goodwill in Lone Oak (Paducah) KY, that is the best-managed, most fun store I have ever been in. Seriously.

My question for readers at Firedoglake is, what does sustainability mean to you? How does that word look in your day-to-day living? Maybe you visit the thrift store more often than you used to. Do you decline a plastic bag at a grocery, or do you get creative with leftovers, or does it mean taking to the streets to protest oil pipelines sure to lead to ecological destruction? Were you to write such an essay, what topic would you choose?

One thing I have observed is that there is a lot more reality and pain in the world than we ever would imagine by looking at the surface, and the evidence in in the trash. We flush the toilet and walk away, as if it never happened.

Now to the news. The Mayor of Houston admits to having furnished a few college apartments through dumpster diving, and the Houston city council says they are going to look at amending the original ordinance that cited a homeless man for digging food out of a dumpster. This man (a homeless veteran, by the way) was only trying to feed himself, so lets hope that the “quality of life committee,” where the issue will go can set an example.

Although this image is what some media unfortunately continue to promote, this is not what I have observed in my many years of experience with this activity.

“Dumpster diving is an inevitable result of a our horrifically mismanaged economy,” said long-time Dumpster diver Randy Crary from We Asked Dumpster Divers About a Plan To Sell Expired Food.

US paradox: Wasting food while going hungry. In the US, we waste nearly as much food as we consume, every day. Does this surprise you at all?

The dumpster was invented in 1935. So, during much of the Great Depression era, there were no dumpsters (Letty verifies this. She is 88). Today, at any given large shopping mall in the US, huge compacting waste containers are commonplace. The largest landfill in America today is in unincorporated Los Angeles County, and it is called Puente Hills Landfill. (aka Inland Empire area.)The landfill gas created by the landfill is funneled to the Puente Hills Gas-to-Energy Facility, which generates 50 megawatts of electricity. (wiki)

Perspective: Penn and Teller Bullshit – Recycling Part 1 Sorting is a huge part of recycling, most people do not realize this.

If you are looking to read a story from Letty, I can tell you that we are planning to do a post on colloquialisms. Example: “If his brains was axle grease, he wouldn’t have sense enough to grease the dynamo on a lightning bug’s ass,” or, as my dad used to say, “When I say ‘Frog,’ you’d better say ‘How High do I Jump.’” And he kept a straight face.

If you are looking for satire today, I recommend that you not have a full bladder when you watch A Day in the Life of a Criminal Defense Attorney, lest you wet yourself. (Satire especially fun if you are familiar with the 2-5-I SODDI defense: I had 2 beers, five hours ago, and I was just minding my own business when some other dude did it.)

The only other contest I have entered is an essay about addiction based on a bridge metaphor, and it is called The Bridge of Sighs. If that topic interests you at all, you may want to read it. It’s short.

Over Easy: Holiday Dumpster Diving Update

4:44 am in Uncategorized by Crane-Station

Deep diving a dumpster in Seattle. (photo: sea turtle via Flickr)

This morning’s Over Easy is an addition to the first diary I ever posted at Firedoglake, with an update on our dumpster diving experiences during the holiday season.

WikiHow has an excellent article on dumpster diving technique, to which I only add: 1. Never dive a medical or hospital dumpster 2. Never dive a compacting or off-limits (ie, gated/not in the public domain) dumpster 3. Dive in quadrants. This way, you never have to throw anything outside of the dumpster in order to get at the contents at the bottom. 4. Double your configuration, like  a cave diver, and carry two of everything (flashlights, wire cutters, magnets), except your wallet or money, which you should not take with you, into a dumpster.

Scrap metal recycle prices vary a bit from one junkyard to the next. The money scrap metals are copper, brass, aluminum, and non-magnetic stainless steel; junkyards want your scrap load sorted prior to reaching the scale. January is the best month of the year for scrap metal divers (scrappers) because Christmas is now a disposable holiday. Post-holiday Christmas lights are abundant, for example.

I am a baby boomer, born in 1960. Christmas was sacred and magical for as many years as I can remember until recently. We hand-made many of our own ornaments (remember felt, glue, sequins and styrofoam?) and saved everything from year to year. My mother kept our precious ornaments in the same box, each carefully wrapped in newspaper and saved. We saved our bubble lights and ice cycles.

That doesn’t happen anymore. Christmas is manufactured overseas, sold in the Big-box, and disposable, including all ornaments, lights, fake trees, nativity sets, and gifts, toys and clothing. We are losing our craftsmanship and precise arts as quickly as the Arctic melts.

People begin shopping on Black Friday, and get a tree up shortly thereafter. Late November/early December dumpsters may deliver insulated copper in the form of last year’s lights that have been inexplicably replaced by this year’s model, a few fake trees and even Christmas wrap, tape, bows, ribbon, lace and tags, still new in packages as though people are actually afraid to use anything from last year, God forbid.

December 26 through the New Year are generally cardboard box days, and although cardboard brings $60.00/ton at recycle, cardboard transport is problematic without a modified truck bed.  After the first of the year, the land of dumpsters is most interesting and productive. Lights. Rejected presents,  New With Tags. Fully decorated trees. Appliances, if new gifts replace the old, and even furniture, again if old must be discarded to make way for new.  We have not been to the mall in years. Every appliance we have was retrieved, new, boxed, and never used, from dumpsters. Same with all of our furniture and all of our clothing. If you live in an area where people don’t take down their trees until February, you can vicariously celebrate the holidays for two or three straight months.

UPDATE:

The year after I wrote this, our local recycle center reduced the cash payment for all Christmas light strings and other plug-in cords by sixty percent, causing many scrappers to discontinue retrieving cords in lieu of collecting bulk magnetic scrap metal.

Last year we exchanged our truck for a motorcycle and quit scrapping. Our most lucrative scrap dumpster was related to infrastructure, and when the company itself began to recycle and disallow scrap dumpster divers, we made a decision to give up scrapping.

We are now entering our third consecutive year of eating from dumpsters. About 75% of our nutrition comes from dumpsters. We did observe what we believe to be an abundance of meat in the fall due to the sell-off of livestock during the exceptional drought season of the summer. We most often eat steamed vegetables and crock pot meals, with salads, abundant fresh fruit, and some sweets. We must purchase coffee and tea. We have been sick only one time, and that was after eating a fast-food meal inside a restaurant and not from a dumpster meal.

Our appliances, dishes, household items and many clothes now come from our own apartment complex dumpsters or curbs, during end-of-month move-outs. We are transitioning from diving due to great need to diving by choice, because we continue to believe strongly in the principles of reuse and living with less.

Years ago I began this strange, stigmatized hobby because of need, when I inadvertently discovered my real passion of looking for things that show sociological or historical trends and stories, so for me, the fun is in the urban archaeology. What media and social culture wants us to see is on the surface. If you want to know about the real world, look at what people throw away.

DUMPSTER DIVING IN THE NEWS:

Northwest Cook: New reality cooking show starts with Dumpster diving

From Trash to Table: Austrian Activists Launch Freegan Cooking Show

Dumpster divers swoop in to grab $40,000 worth of pricy fresh food

Go to the Ant: Our Summer Dumpster Diving Update

11:54 am in Uncategorized by Crane-Station

Ant

photo by jasonbolonski under creative commons, flickr

Proverbs 6:6 HNV
Hebrew Names Version
Go to the ant, you sluggard. Consider her ways, and be wise; Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest.

slug·gard/ˈsləgərd/
Noun:
A lazy, sluggish person.
Synonyms:
idler – lazybones – slacker – loafer – slug

For folks who do not know us, we self-describe as poor but not miserable. Like many others in America’s ninety-nine percent, we cope with ongoing issues associated with an economy in decline. We consider ourselves fortunate to have our health. Mason received his Medicare card today. I thought that meant that he has health care now, but there is no coverage for medication, so, you know. I suppose if he gets his head chopped off, he can go to the hospital. But whatever. We are happy to have that, at least.

Since November of 2010, we have been eating out of dumpsters. We quit scrapping for metal a while back, and our vehicles now are a motorcycle and two bicycles. We continue to eat well, and we have not been sick since we started dumpster-eating. ‘Our’ favorite food dumpster is dive-friendly, so it receives many visitors.

Yesterday’s dive was a near disaster, because when we rolled in on our motorcycle and parked, the chicken lady was already there. We’ve seen the chicken lady before, driving a long bed pickup truck, but this time, she had a van. We call her the chicken lady because she claims to dive this particular dumpster to feed her chickens, because it is so expensive to feed chickens. Of course, and the chicken lady admitted as much, chickens don’t care for the likes of huge bags of red potatoes and assorted working, boxed, new-with-tags kitchen appliances, but it is none of my concern, really, who eats what. Unless, that is, there is nothing left for our small backpacks.

Me: This is a disaster. It’s the chicken lady.

Him: Yup. And look. She’s got a van.

Me: She’s gonna fill that van like a bank robber. We’re not gonna eat tonight unless we do something.

Him: Like what?

Me: Park this thing. We’ll sit on the curb right next to the dumpster with our little backpacks and just, like, look pathetic.

So, that’s what we did. The chicken lady is really sweet, by the way, red-cheeked embarrassed, always explaining her hungry chicken situation, but I have to say, she puts seasoned dumpster divers to shame. She is extremely thorough, like that other guy I dive a different dumpster with who always shows up packing and gives away everything he collects to needy children. He does that, BTW, when he is not in Nashville, making his records. Turns out, he is a singer. I will not name him, but I say this only to put the lie to any dumpster diver stereotypes that MSM may want us to conjure in our wildest imagination.

What are we eating this summer? Well, I have stuffed myself sick with strawberries, for one thing. The rest of the list: apples, red onions, potatoes (red and bakers), cauliflower, broccoli, bagged organic salads, bread, hamburger,hamburger buns, thin-sliced steaks, London broil, stew meat, ground chicken (you have to be careful with poultry in the heat, but we got this still cold), top sirloin steaks, carrots, beefsteak tomatoes, oranges, cantaloupe, pears, zucchini and yellow squash, danish sticky buns with nuts, soda, hot dogs, hot dog buns, kielbasa,chips, salsa, cheese puffs, crackers, onion ring puffs and blueberries. Oh. And that to-die-for Fage Greek yogurt. I am almost sorry I found that yogurt because it is so unbelievably good that I now buy it when we have money. Better than sour cream, I could almost swear it is mislabeled sour cream.

What else? Well, garbage bags are expensive, even at the Dollar Store that isn’t really the Dollar Store. It is the Six Dollar Store. So, I visit a dumpster where donated items have been emptied from black bags, and I re-use the dry bags. The last time I was in a dumpster with my singer friend, I actually got, believe it or not, garbage bags, along with as many books as I could stuff into my backpack. As long as I am in confession mode, there is the toilet paper issue, which I would not mention but for a conversation we had with our neighbors (working poor) who mentioned occasional visits to a local fast food chain store that I won’t name, to get toilet paper. After our neighbor confessed, we also confessed, and learned, thankfully that we were sometimes visiting different places for this item of need, and it made me wonder how many ninety-niners are raiding the likes of local chains and big boxes for pockets of paper towel strips.

Driving home after one of these dives, we look like pregnant hippies: Mason has all this shit stuffed in his shirt- he drives- and I lift up his heavy pack and stuff more shit underneath it. Thank goodness for one of those, what do you call them? A sissy bar. Or else I’d be in the street, flat, with a pack full of fruit.

Yesterday, Mason unpacked his backpack and found an ant. He said, “We have to take this ant back to his dumpster. This is not his community. We have to take him back.”

“Put him in this jar,” I said. “I’ll put a snack in the jar with him and we’ll drive him back.”

But, the ant died in the jar, because it turns out there was some liquid, probably cleaning fluid, in the jar.

“Your ant died,” I reported to Mason. “And we’re both going to Hell. We are going to Burn. Like. Twigs. Right there in Hell, waiting in line at the AT&T store to fix our phone bill, in line for hundreds of years with the likes of Hitler, Stalin and Mao. Oh, yes. Hell. The both of us. With the length of Satan’s boot right up our asses.”

Mason was near tears.

So, today, when we picked up our apples and squash and hot dog buns and all, we were very careful to leave the ants, in their own community.

Eating Out Of Dumpsters: This Year Compared To Last Year

11:07 am in Uncategorized by Crane-Station

Everything in this freezer came from dumpsters. These meats include a large ham roast in the center middle aisle; we removed ice trays to make room.

Eating Out Of Dumpsters: This Year Compared To Last Year

Because site stats at my small website indicate continued interest in the subject of dumpster diving, I am writing this to inform the discussion by continuing to share some of our personal experiences.

Everything in this freezer came from dumpsters. These meats include a large ham roast in the center middle aisle; we removed ice trays to make room.

We continue to observe a declining economy in our experiences with dumpster diving. Six or seven years ago, when I dove out of hobby more than need, I only told a few people what I was doing. Dumpster diving felt wrong, maybe not as wrong as robbing a bank, but at least as wrong as some good Southern sin like skipping church to watch football and covet the neighbor’s wife. Fast forward to 2012: we dive out of need, in the light of day, and we are not alone. Since even seasoned scrappers and dumpster divers are often reluctant to pick up food, I never thought I would see the day when there was great competition for discarded food in the United States, but that is exactly what we have observed.

Last year we joked about eating out of dumpsters and about how much we hate it when people actually put garbage into a dumpster. We asked ourselves why we had waited so long. This year, it is no longer a joke. Our competition is varied, clean and extremely thorough. We have directly observed people picking up food in the middle of the day, and we have varied our routine and reduced our food choices accordingly.

It is now harder to find thrown away fruits, vegetables, and grain products, and we believe that we are observing the direct effects of unemployment as well as…struggles. Not everyone who picks up food, and this includes ourselves, is technically below the poverty level, believe it or not. No one appears disheveled or otherwise compromised, and in some cases, people drive high-end vehicles to dive dumpsters. We believe that we share with a good many others, what one might call ‘borderline.’

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Out Of The Dumpster And Into The Crock Pot

5:30 pm in Uncategorized by Crane-Station

In a country where nearly forty million daily struggle to get enough food, millions of meals are literally being wasted.

Lost Calories: US trashes $ 1 Bln worth of food (per year, which constitutes 30-50% of produced food)

Please watch this 2 1/2-minute Russia Today clip, which discuses America’s throw away culture even as poverty rises, and features New York and Los Angeles dumpster divers:

Out of the dumpster at 2 PM and into the crock pot at 2:30 PM

This morning for breakfast I had a delicious egg white omelette sandwich, an apple, and coffee. For lunch I ate lean turkey Italian sausage. For dinner, I just finished some delicious leftover crock pot beef stew with sweet onions, spices and red potatoes, that started with Italian salad with caesar dressing. Later on, for desert, I am planning to eat some great big strawberries, because they are in season early due to the unseasonably mild non-climate climate change.

Everything was served on stoneware and eaten with flatware from dumpsters. The coffee brewed in a coffeepot from the dumpster, and currently, in the crock pot, also from a dumpster, is a ham roast so large that even with halving it and trimming it, the lid does not quite fit. After breakfast, I switched from coffee to iced tea; the two drinks I mention here are the only consumable items we purchased. The tea and coffee are always served, of course, in dumpster cups and glasses. Everything else came from the trash. Sometimes for fun, we pull out china and silver plated dinnerware, also from dumpsters, and eat off that.

The ham roast was pulled from the dumpster at 2 PM, and placed into the crock pot at 2:30 PM. We will put the pot on low, and begin eating the roast tomorrow.

To search for the YouTube video from Russia Today (RT), I used a back lit gaming keyboard called a Razer Lycosa, in perfect condition, from a dumpster. The keyboard retails or EBays for $79.99 USD. Then, I listened to the clip with padded Phillips headphones with volume control on the cord, Model SHP 2500, also from a dumpster.

We were beginning to worry. Competition for dumpster food is on the increase as it was with scrapping, which, as you know we quit because the gas was too expensive and the competition for scrap too stiff. By the way, we are saving a fortune in gas on this motorcycle. We do not miss the truck at all.

We know for sure that we have one major new competitor and probably more, at one of our food dumpsters, and while we welcome others who are poor and just now discovering America’s throw away culture, I will say this: Read the rest of this entry →

Eating From Dumpsters During The Holidays

10:20 am in Uncategorized by Crane-Station

This video is called Shopping at the Third Hand Store, aka Dumpster Diving. I love these guys. Shopping carts, cell phones, watermelons. Too cute for words.

We have been eating out of dumpsters for a little more than a year now. We have never gone hungry and we have never been sick. In fact, we now eat way better than we ever did when we had money, and our immunity to illness seems to have been bolstered from dumpstering for food.

A while back I received the following comment from Poland on one of my YouTube dumpster videos:

That’s possible only in America!
In Polish dumpsters we have only stinky dump, and i mean it, just dump.
What you have here it’s not dumpster as i know it, just place when people leave useful stuff.
I think i’ll just move to America and live from Dumpster diving, it would higher standard of live than i have right now. :P

While it is true that America wastes more than any other country, dumpster diving for survival is easier in small and mid-sized towns than it is in large urban areas. The last time I visited Seattle, for example, I noticed that many of the chain-store dumpsters such as Whole Foods have compactors or very large dumpsters that are attached to the store, as is the case with WalMart.

My mother recently told me that a PhD student in Seattle is writing his dissertation on dumpster diving, and he was having a difficult time finding food, other than discarded drinks and fast food near SafeCo Field. I do not doubt this if his boundary is King County proper. However, just a hop, skip and a jump to an outlying area should have brought the student fifty loaves of bread from at least one place.

So, what do we get to eat? Our food is basic-fare and nutritious. We either steam fresh vegetables or compose a salad every day. Our protein is almost always beef or pork, because poultry rarely keeps in a dumpster.

We also always have fresh fruit and potatoes or yams.

What do we have to buy? Coffee and tea. These two commodities (coffee prices are soaring, BTW) are rarely available in the dumpsters. I buy and drink instant tea. Mason claims he cannot choke down instant tea, and so he buys and drinks his WalMart, one dollar and twenty-five cent Strawberry soda that I find to be undrinkable.

We also buy our cleaning supplies (but not our hygiene products). This is our largest expense. The laundromat and the laundry detergent are, in fact, a major expense that many people fail to think of when addressing the plight of the homeless, for example. The fact is that many homeless folks exchange clothing in the dumpsters because laundry is not affordable and/or there is no way to transport laundry.

While the dumpsters almost always offer desserts, I love those dark chocolate Klondike Bars and so I have to buy those. In addition, we buy bird seed for our African Grey Parrot. Even though he eats everything that we do, he also requires seeds. Our bird eats more than both of us combined. For Christmas we have his dumpster treats ready: chocolate and shelled walnuts.

Condiments and staples such as salt, sugar and spice are available from any number of dumpsters at the end of any given month, when residents move out and leave their kitchen supplies behind. In addition, we have a fantastic and varied supply of hygiene products from the dumpsters. The only hygiene product that we buy (and it is expensive) is razor blades, although on glorious occasion we find those as well.

We already have our dumpster Christmas dinner planned: a 4.53 pound prime rib roast, real mashed potatoes, salad with balsamic vinaigrette, and steamed broccoli, yellow squash, zucchini and cauliflower. Our steamed vegetables will be our nighttime and next-day snacks together with oranges, tangerines, pineapples, grapes, and a variety of apples.

Everything that we cook and eat with comes from dumpsters, including our wonderful crock pot and three-tiered vegetable steamer, toaster, microwave, coffeepot, juicer, Cuisinart, blender, mixer and all china, stoneware, flatware, glasses and napkins. Right now, we have an enormous supply of black trash bags from the dumpsters (new, never used).

I will describe the special case of holiday dumpster diving in a separate blog. The best days of the year to dumpster dive are December 26 and January 2. You don’t even have to really even dive a dumpster or leave your vehicle; just drive up and down the streets and alleys and pick stuff up. It is like a solid month of Christmas. Christmas lights for scrap are delivered throughout the spring. This is the best time of the year for cardboard.

Our one-year plus survival dumpstering experiment leads us to this: If and when we ever have money, we will continue to retrieve food that is otherwise destined for the landfill.

Dumpster Diving For Food [VIDEO]

3:28 pm in Uncategorized by Crane-Station

Masoninblue and Crane-Station dive a food dumpster in Western KY.

About a month ago, a reader from Poland left this comment on my YouTube channel, in response to our first-ever diving video, at the charity dumpster:

That’s possible only in America!

In Polish dumpsters we have only stinky dump, and i mean it, just dump.

What you have here it’s not dumpster as i know it, just place when people leave useful stuff.

I think i’ll just move to America and live from Dumpster diving, it would higher standard of live than i have right now. :P

kapusniaczek111 1 month ago

I believe that we need to keep in mind in this country the amount of usable waste that we send to the landfills each day. I also urge folks, at the very least, to be mindful of plastic bags and reduce their number in the trash, and to become familiar with your local recycle center or box, and use it when you remember to.

The above quote was a wake up call for me, and a reminder to be aware of and grateful for what we do have, even though we consider ourselves poor. This quote brought new meaning to the ‘give us this day our daily bread’ part of the prayer.

We have been consistently eating out of dumpsters since December or January. I had always been a scrap metal diver, and I could not really wrap my mind around food diving. Once we started doing this, we were amazed.

My parents are in their late eighties, and they are aghast; having lived through the depression when there were no dumpsters, my parents are avid recyclers, in Seattle, a recycle-friendly city.

We are fortunate to live in a small town in this regard. When I last visited Seattle and looked at dumpsters there, a good many were off-limits. Whole Foods in the university district, for example, has a no-access compacting dumpster that I am certain contains an unbelievable amount of good, nutritious food.

When Masoninblue became a ninety-niner, we had to make this adjustment, because the local food banks are overwhelmed, limiting visits to just two each calendar year. Further, we do not qualify for food stamps; he receives early social security retirement, and so we supplement it with discarded items (if we lose that we will have to find a home in the street).

Our food dumpster has a pretty steady stream of visitors, human and otherwise, and the staff at the store does not mind if divers park closer to the box than we do. We are in the habit of parking up the little hill, as you can see.

The heat is always a factor, especially with meats and other perishables, so we have an idea always, sometimes to the hour, when things will arrive. In the winter, all of the meats are frozen.

We have been so blessed with food that we now limit what we bring home. Today we declined any of the bread, because we simply do not eat it. I took two cantaloupes, one box of blueberries, some onions, some lemons, and some other sealed fruit-with-jello cups.

We also tended to our dumpster honey bees. They live in a nearby hive, I assume, and they love to come to the dumpster and gorge themselves on fruit juices. I have a photo that I will share another day.

The bees are not shy like the mockingbirds and the squirrel; they do not leave when we get there. Today I opened several packages of blueberries for the bees, especially if I saw juice in the box. They waited patiently and then settled onto the berries, almost before I could open the boxes.

We also keep an eye on the bees, and have, on several occasions, moved heavy 30-gallon black bags that were carelessly tossed in on top of everything. We move these bags and make sure ‘no bee is left behind,’ or trapped.

Finally, I misspoke in this video: The bread is good until August 20, 2011 (a few days from now), and there were more blueberries than strawberries there. It is almost the end of the season for blueberries, I think.

For vegetables, we have been living on broccoli, yellow squash, zucchini and cauliflower, for the most part. In all, we are very happy with the foods, and while we are sad that so much goes to waste, we remain thankful.

I envision a world someday without waste and without a need to go looking.