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Lenten Carbon Fast 2020 ~ 6th Monday

Compost food waste. Food waste is overrepresented in landfill where it rots and creates methane, a potent greenhouse gas

“Try composting, but don’t focus on it” was item 11 on ways to reduce food waste on an earlier LCF post. Well today let’s “focus” on it and the EPA’s How to Compost at Home is a great resource for doing just that.

This resource first goes through the essentials for successful composting covering the 3 basic ingredients.

  • Browns – This includes materials such as dead leaves, branches, and twigs.
  • Greens – This includes materials such as grass clippings, vegetable waste, fruit scraps, and coffee grounds.
  • Water – Having the right amount of water, greens, and browns is important for compost development.

Your compost pile should have an equal amount of browns to greens. You should also alternate layers of organic materials of different-sized particles. The brown materials provide carbon for your compost, the green materials provide nitrogen, and the water provides moisture to help break down the organic matter.


Isaiah 42:1-9 


Isaiah 42

1Here is my servant whom I uphold,my chosen one with whom I am pleased.Upon him I have put my spirit;he shall bring forth justice to the nations.2He will not cry out, nor shout,nor make his voice heard in the street.3A bruised reed he will not break,and a dimly burning wick he will not quench.He will faithfully bring forth justice.4He will not grow dim or be bruiseduntil he establishes justice on the earth;the coastlands will wait for his teaching.5Thus says God, the LORD,who created the heavens and stretched them out,who spread out the earth and its produce,Who gives breath to its peopleand spirit to those who walk on it:6I, the LORD, have called you for justice,I have grasped you by the hand;I formed you, and set youas a covenant for the people,a light for the nations,7To open the eyes of the blind,to bring out prisoners from confinement,and from the dungeon, those who live in darkness.8I am the LORD, LORD is my name;my glory I give to no other,nor my praise to idols.9See, the earlier things have come to pass,new ones I now declare;Before they spring forthI announce them to you.

Psalm 36:5-11 


Psalms 36

5On his bed he hatches plots;he sets out on a wicked way;he does not reject evil.6LORD, your mercy reaches to heaven;your fidelity, to the clouds.7Your justice is like the highest mountains;your judgments, like the mighty deep;human being and beast you sustain, LORD.8How precious is your mercy, O God!The children of Adam take refuge in the shadow of your wings.9They feast on the rich food of your house;from your delightful stream you give them drink.10For with you is the fountain of life,and in your light we see light.11Show mercy on those who know you,your just defense to the upright of heart.

Hebrews 9:11-15 


Hebrews 9

11 But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that have come to be, passing through the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made by hands, that is, not belonging to this creation, 12he entered once for all into the sanctuary, not with the blood of goats and calves but with his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. 13For if the blood of goats and bulls and the sprinkling of a heifer’s ashes can sanctify those who are defiled so that their flesh is cleansed, 14how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from dead works to worship the living God.15 For this reason he is mediator of a new covenant: since a death has taken place for deliverance from transgressions under the first covenant, those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance.


John 12:1-11 


John 12

1 Six days before Passover Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2They gave a dinner for him there, and Martha served, while Lazarus was one of those reclining at table with him. 3Mary took a liter of costly perfumed oil made from genuine aromatic nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and dried them with her hair; the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil. 4Then Judas the Iscariot, one [of] his disciples, and the one who would betray him, said, 5“Why was this oil not sold for three hundred days’ wages and given to the poor?” 6He said this not because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief and held the money bag and used to steal the contributions. 7So Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Let her keep this for the day of my burial. 8You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.”9[The] large crowd of the Jews found out that he was there and came, not only because of Jesus, but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 10And the chief priests plotted to kill Lazarus too, 11because many of the Jews were turning away and believing in Jesus because of him.


It goes on to list the things that should and should NOT be included in your compost pile.

As today’s step is focused on food waste, let’s bring the action indoors. Indoor composting uses a special type of bin, which you can buy at a local hardware store, gardening supplies store, or make yourself. Remember to tend your pile and keep track of what you throw in. A properly managed compost bin will not attract pests or rodents and will not smell bad. Your compost should be ready in two to five weeks.

Ready to take it to the next level? Just add worms!

Today’s photo courtesy of sippakorn yamkasikorn on Unsplash

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