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Tis the season for the Leftover Queen!

November 28th, 2012 at Wed, 28th, 2012 at 11:16 am by maribeth crandell

I am so excited!  I’ve invited the Leftover Queen to come to Oak Harbor City Hall to give our December Sustainability Seminar and she accepted! 

Americans waste 40% of our food, clearly unsustainable.  It not only wastes food but the water, energy, fuel and farmland it took to grow the food.  The food that goes to the landfill then turns into methane gas which is a potent greenhouse gas contributing to Climate Change. 

With people lining up at Food Banks and struggling to make ends meet this seems unbelievable.  The Natural Resource Defense Council says it costs the average American family over $2,000 a year.  What a waste!

Enter the Leftover Queen, aka: Kim McJury.  With her years of restaurant experience and organizational skills she’s a wealth of ideas and information.  She’ll offer tips on planning, shopping, prep and preserving meals that will save us time, money and delight our taste buds, too! 

What do we do with the leftovers after the Leftover Queen is done?  The cores, peelings, tea bags and coffee grounds?  We feed them to the worms, of course.  I’ll show you how to transform food waste into nutrient rich soil supplements for your garden by starting a worm bin! 

So join us at 5:30pm Tuesday, Dec. 11 at Oak Harbor City Hall and bring your favorite recipe for holiday leftovers. 

This will be the last of our monthly seminars.  Next year we’ll offer new seminars quarterly starting in March.  In between we’ll show re-runs of the favorite seminars from the past 4 years.  Find them at Sno-Isle Libraries in the catalog.  Type: Sustainable Living Seminar Series in the search box.

Maribeth Crandell has a green thumb. Most of the rest of her is "green", as well. She's worked in city, state and national parks as a naturalist, educator and guide, on ships and on shore from the Columbia River to Southeast Alaska. She offers presentations for 6 year olds to seniors. She publishes articles, sings songs, plays the banjo and hikes trails. In fact, in 2006 she hiked the 2,000 mile long Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. She's been an educator for the Whidbey Institute, Fort Casey State Park, the Whidbey Watershed Stewards Outdoor Classroom, Island County Recycling, Ebey's Landing National Historic Reserve and for 5 years worked as the Environmental Educator for the City of Oak Harbor. She's been a consistent voice on Whidbey Island leading the way toward sustainability. Because Maribeth has a green thumb, along with the rest of her.

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