Waste Not, want not…. New Program Kicks Off Opening Day at the Market

Waste Not , want not…. by Sage Anne Culley

What does this phrase actually mean? The proverbial saying was first recorded in 1772 but had an earlier, even more alliterative version from 1576, “willful waste makes woeful want.” Many of us whose parents, grandparents or great grandparents grew up during the World War I & II expressed this idiom as a way of survival.  The government depicted this intention through a variety of inspirational posters   posters directing citizens to act with phrases like “Use it up & wear it out” or Save perishable foods by preserving now.

Looking for more current versions of the expression Wikipedia defined waste not as – “If we are not wasteful of our resources (that we currently have), we still have them in the future.”  But my personal favorite in researching was direct and to the point – “Waste and want; save and have”.

More importantly what does this all mean for the Countryside Farmers’ Markets? “Waste Not” is a program modeled after the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture’s,(CUESA) Waste Wise program in California. This program was developed to get as close to zero waste as possible and our Waste Not program has been designed to divert 90% of our market’s waste by 2012. This will allow us to walk the talk of sustainability decreasing the amount of Ohio land needed for landfills while keeping that land available for farming. Waste Not will accomplish this goal by educating you and our community to Buy Thoughtfully, Cook Carefully and Waste Less. As part of the program each market will have a designated “Waste Not” booth with educational materials and tools geared towards recycling, shopping wiser, minimizing cooking waste, composting, and repurposing. We will feature topics throughout the season akin to “What to do with your pumpkins after Halloween” and “Christmas tree’s – How to purchase and dispose of after the holiday.” We’re very excited about the Waste Not program and look forward to the opportunity to be a resource for reducing waste in our communities.

 Our vision…  Some of the things we will be doing in 2011 include;

  • Encourage the use of reusable bags for shopping instead of plastic bags by selling reusable bags at the market
  • Encourage the use of re-usable mugs when purchasing beverages at the market
  • Educate consumers on recycling and composting at our markets. Waste stations staffed with a volunteer will provide information on how to properly discard items purchased at the market. We will also have a staffed information booth that will explain the program offering educational tools and tips for recycling and composting in their communities.
  • Our website (www.cvcountryside.org), blog and Facebook pages will be used to feature Waste Not monthly and seasonal items to consider when diverting waste.

Pending continued funding, future plans include working with our vendors to minimize waste, including;  Waste diversion for vendors cooking and serving ready to eat foods at the market; assisting vendors with sourcing recyclable and compostable packaging and significantly reduce the use of plastic bags in 2012 .



 ***First “250” shoppers with a reusable grocery bag will receive a CVCC magnet***

RECYCLED ART PROJECTS                                                                            

9:00am – 11:30am –   Recycled Art Projects for Kids

Leona from Glass by Leona – Making Mobile’s Out of Old CD’s

Amy Hecky – Making Kites out of Plastic Bags


Presented by Ms. Julie

9:30am – “Making the Most of Your Market Produce”

  • Juicing, using the juice pulp, making broths, canning/freezing, composting & recycling.
  • Buying only what you need – Things to consider when shopping at the market

10:30am – “Making the Most of Your Market Produce”


Presented by Beth Gatchell, Cleveland Museum of Natural History

10:00am  –  Vermi-Composting 101

11:00am – Vermi-Composting 101


9:00am- 12:00pm

WASTE NOT INFORMATION BOOTH                                                    


  • Available to answer questions about the “New” Waste Not program & area resources
  • Recycle your old or broken cell phones & printer ink cartridges for cancer

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