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Reducing Food Waste Is Easier Than You Think

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Kim Hines, director of Augusta Locally Grown says, "Let's say a recipe would typically cost you four, five or six dollars a person, I can probably cut that in half easily."

Hines is a local gardener and she remembers the days when her mom used to get her hands dirty in the garden.

"And I hated weeding it and I hated having to bring the mulch back there. It was never pleasant as a child to do that. But looking back I'm like oh my goodness, thank you mom. Thanks for providing that role model," said Hines.

Hines's garden is small, but it's filled with green herbs and bright colored vegetables.

Her pomegranates are so good that her kids steal them on visits back from college.

"I have to act like I'm all upset about that, but inside I'm going, yes! They understand the value of growing your own foods, too. The deliciousness of it but also just the joy of knowing where it came from, how it grows, when it's ripe and ready," said Hines.

Instead of throwing leftover vegetables and fruits in the garbage, they go here, in the compost.

It's alive and well with earthworms and fresh soil.

"I use a no-till process so I'm constantly putting compost on top of the soil that I'm using. So I'm hoping to regenerate, rekindle growth and health in the soil while I'm growing food," said Hines.

Since the beginning of this year more than sixty-six billion pounds of food nationwide continues to be wasted.

Hines wants to change that, one day at a time.

"It's not about money here. It's about, it really, truly is about a larger lifestyle."

 

For more information about local farmers markets go to:

http://augusta.locallygrown.net/

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