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Janna

We have a small house with a small kitchen. When we first moved in, our friends & family were really concerned about where we'd keep our food. But even with the addition of two children, we have plenty of space for our food. One of the things that helps is that we don't buy a lot of packaged/processed food to start with. Also, we don't shop at Costco or buy stuff on sale just because. We really truly only buy (and thus store)what we're actually going to eat. For example, I used up the last of the white flour baking cookies in December. I put white flour on the list for the next shopping trip and then realized that I won't actually use the white flour until next December when I do Christmas baking again, so why buy it right now and store it for a year? Also, we don't drink soda or juice. If you're not storing a lot of drinks in the fridge, you have plenty of space for food in there.

It's not all perfect, of course. My husband eats meat and I don't, so we end up throwing away leftover meat sometime. At least here in Portland, we can compost meat, so it's not going to the landfill...

Meagan Francis

Thanks so much for the link and mention. I love this post! I HATE throwing away food, so I had to get really honest with myself about why it was happening and what I could do to stop it. We still waste more than we should, but it's getting so much better!

Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com

Good thoughts here, Janna. I agree with you that a huge step is not shopping at Costco (or BJ's, which we used to belong to when our kids were little, mostly for the bulk diapers). We would leave the store with all sorts of unnecessary things. I'm also with you on the soda--I gave it up after reading The Omnivore's Dilemma, so it's good not to have to fight with those big liter bottles in the fridge anymore.

You're lucky to live in such a green city--I wish our town composted!

Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com

You're very welcome, Meagan. Glad to have found you and your blog through the BlogHer feature story.

Kate@organizationforthetypeB

Hi! I am a new reader and I really enjoyed this post and your blog. Our pantry has been bare because I hate grocery shopping. I try to see how long we can go before I have to go to the store. Now a days, I buy my fresh food at the farmers market and order dry goods on amazon. Anyway, I look forward to following your food journey!
Kate

Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com

Hi Kate! Thanks so much for introducing yourself and for the kind words. Always glad to meet a new reader! Farmers' markets really are the best way to go...especially the ones that feature organic produce.

Amanda

With the impending move, I HAVE to start cleaning out my pantry so when I went to the store yesterday (along with about a million of my closest friends given the storm), I mostly stayed on the perimeter and bought "fresh" stuff.

I am looking forward to your composter reviews this spring because I really think I want to get one when we move!

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    Betsy Maestro: Why Do Leaves Change Color? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science, Stage 2)
    For commentary, see "Appreciating Autumn" post in Nature & Wildlife.

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    Alison Inches: I Can Save the Earth!: One Little Monster Learns to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle (Little Green Books)
    "One little monster learns to reduce, reuse, and recycle." That's all good, of course, but my own children laugh out loud every time they read how Max the Little Monster (before his attitude adjustment) clogs up the toilet with too much toilet paper, yelling "Hungry Toilet!" Kids...they just love the potty humor. Made from 100% recycled paper.

  • Julia Rawlinson: Fletcher and the Falling Leaves

    Julia Rawlinson: Fletcher and the Falling Leaves
    This book is incredibly sweet. A sensitive, little fox named Fletcher cannot understand what is happening to his beloved tree at the onset of autumn, and he tries everything in his power to keep the leaves on the tree. When he wakes up one winter morning to find his tree covered in dazzlingly beautiful snow crystals, it chokes me up every time. Although it's not about saving the earth, the book is a lovely tribute to nature and its seasons.

  • Diane Muldrow: We Planted a Tree

    Diane Muldrow: We Planted a Tree
    I love how this relatively new book (published in 2010) is charmingly illustrated in the same style as those Little Golden Books from the 1960's. In simple prose, the book explains what happens when you plant a tree and watch it grow, while enjoying the benefits of fruit, shade, budding flowers, and cleaner air.

  • Dr. Seuss: The Lorax (Classic Seuss)

    Dr. Seuss: The Lorax (Classic Seuss)
    This book is a classic for a reason. As I was reading it for the first time to my children, I could see the shock and sadness on their faces when the very first Truffula Tree was chopped down. Unlike the progression of The Curious Garden (see below), things just keep getting worse--all in the name of "progress." It ends with a powerful message: "UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." Great for generating conversations with young children about caring for and protecting natural resources. Printed on recycled paper.

  • Peter Brown: The Curious Garden

    Peter Brown: The Curious Garden
    First, I have to admit it: As a mom, I'm *slightly* bothered that a little boy is walking around a creepy city all by himself, and "stumbles upon a dark stairwell" which he decides to head up. However, this book is simply magical, so I'll chalk it up to "willing suspension of disbelief" and let it go. With each page, as Liam grows from a novice gardener into a Green Thumb Extraordinaire, the dreary city in which everybody stays inside becomes a green utopia that everybody enjoys. Liam helps the whole city to bloom, and changes the mindsets of its citizens, simply by taking the first steps and sticking to his mission--without any preaching whatsoever. My favorite parts are the multiple spreads with no words at all, which depict how the gray, dirty city is growing greener and cleaner with the passage of time, thanks to our hero. Printed on recycled paper.

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