When: May 2, 2015, 10-2pm
Where: on the athletic field next to the Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School, 350 Lynn Fells Pky.
Theme: The reduction of food waste
For the second consecutive year, Sustainable Melrose will participate in the Healthy Melrose Fair
Several of the Sustainable Melrose groups will be organizing their presentations at the fair around a specific theme—the reduction of food waste. Estimates by the Environmental Protection Agency indicate that we may waste as much as 40% of the food we buy, whether it’s by purchasing too much, not using up food in time, or cooking too much and not eating the leftovers. Yet there are several ways to reduce food waste—by composting the food scrap generated in the kitchen, or by shopping smarter, or by planning meals that more effectively use up some food that would otherwise be tossed.
- Composting and the entire cycle
Melrose Community Gardens will show what food can used to create a soup stock before it is composted. Melrose Native will present a composting demonstration. Sally Frank’s Farmers’ Market will use a soil mix that uses the compost created. Melrose Recycling will be raffling a compost bin.
- Find a Letter Box in the Fells – Friends of the Fells will provide instructions to find them.
- Watch “The Story of Stuff”, a 20 minute film shown by The Unitarian Universalist Church’s Green Sanctuary Committee,
- Transplant lettuce seedlings with help from Sally Frank’s Farmers’ Market and take the lettuce seedling home for FREE.
- Take the food waste challenge from the Melrose Recycling Committee and enter into a raffle to win a compost bin
- See the Middle School’s Green Team display of its hydroponic garden tower.
- Get your bike tuned up for spring by the Pedestrian and Bicycle Committee
Once again this year, the Healthy Melrose Fair will be a zero waste and net zero energy event. Mass Energy Consumers Alliance will green the fair by matching the electricity usage with 100% clean, local wind power. To learn more about Mass Energy’s 100% federally tax-deductible Green Power Programs and how they support the development of more clean energy projects in Massachusetts, please visit the Melrose Energy Commission booth.