Take a year-long journey learning the truth about the food we throw away.

Join BriarPatch Food Co-op for a year-long exploration to better understand the impact of food waste and what you can do to help reduce it. Throughout the year, we’ll share resources, links, activities and recipes. We hope to feel more empowered, have fun and make a difference, as we go on this journey together! Be sure to check in to this page each month to get the tools you need for your food waste journey.

BriarPatch presents “Tackling Food Waste with a Plan”

Due to public health concerns, we are working with Nevada County Media to record the presentation of our speakers and offer this presentation ONLINE via our Facebook page.

Stay tuned and thanks for your cooperation! 

This online presentation is part of a year-long journey, “Food Too Good To Waste” and will be made available for viewing on the BriarPatch Facebook and YouTube page soon. Stay Tuned!

BriarPatch Sustainability Coordinator Lauren Scott will introduce “Food Too Good To Waste,” give a brief overview of the climate impacts of Food Waste and share ways individuals can make small changes in their daily lives to make a positive difference.

Nutritionist Wendy Van Wagner will share tips for Healthy Meal Planning that can help reduce Food Waste in delicious ways and Zero Waste Enthusiast Carly Davenport will give a demo on bulk shopping and showcase a collection of re-useables that can be used to reduce your carbon footprint.

Download the Food Too Good To Waste Guide

By making small shifts in our daily habits–how we shop, store and prepare food–we can keep the valuable resources used to produce and distribute food from going to waste.

Track Your Waste. Use the 7 Day Waste Journal to track how much food you waste and where it goes!

Download the Weekly Food Waste Diary

Get the Tools. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as we bring you new resources and tips each month to help reduce your waste.

Set a Goal. What changes can you make to reduce food waste?

Join the Conversation. Share your successes and challenges on social media with your friends and neighbors at community events throughout the year.

Tackling Food Waste–Topics of 2020
January – Getting Started
February – Where Do We Go From Here?
March – Having a Plan
April – All About Bulk
May – Storing Food
June – Composting
July – Dining Out
August – Pantry Prepping
September – Kids
October – Donating Food
November – Party Planning
December – Putting It All Together

Did you know?

Getting Started

Food Waste is a big problem and there is a wealth of amazing resources out there. Here’s a list to get you started.







Love Food Hate Waste 

EPA “Food Too Good to Waste” Guide & Toolkit 

Hunter College New York City Food Policy Center


Film & Video 

Just Eat It

We all love food. As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing nearly 50% of it in the trash? Filmmakers and food lovers, Jen and Grant, dive into the issue of food waste and pledge to quit grocery shopping and survive only on discarded food for 6 months. Featuring interviews with author, activist, and TED lecturer Tristram Stuart, food waste expert Dana Gunders, and acclaimed author Jonathan Bloom, JUST EAT IT looks at our systemic obsession with expiry dates, perfect produce and portion sizes, and reveals the core of this seemingly insignificant issue in a cinematic story that is both deliciously entertaining and truly shocking.

The Extraordinary Life and Times of Strawberry 

Follow the journey of a strawberry from the farm to the refrigerator to understand all that it takes to bring your food to you. Did you know that 40% of our food ends up wasted? Wasted food is the single largest contributor to landfills in the US—not to mention that it wastes water, labor, fuel, money, & love! Courtesy of The Natural Resources Defense Council.


Waste Not, How to Get the Most from your Food, published by James Beard Foundation

Waste-Free Kitchen Handbook: A Guide to Eating Well and Saving Money By Wasting Less Food

Cooking with Scraps: Turn Your Peels, Cores, Rinds, and Stems into Delicious Meals