St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance works tirelessly to make sure every food donation gets to those who need it. But some perishable food is in-consumable when we receive it and we always err on the side of caution in making that call. About two percent of the food we receive falls into this category, remarkably low for a Food Bank.
Like most companies dealing with food, all St. Mary’s waste used to go to the landfill. Did you know food makes up one-fourth of all the garbage in US landfills? But thanks to an inspiring, emerging company called EcoScraps, which has one of its main locations in Tempe, five percent of our waste – with an eye toward much more in the future – is now being turned into compost and potting soil that can help regenerate food for the planet, and eventually, for food banks.
St. Mary’s encourages everyone to support EcoScraps and this great effort. Their Harvest Plenty potting soil and compost is sold at nurseries around the Valley (Harper’s, Whitfills, Summer Winds, etc. ) and the price is about the same as regular manure-based stuff. (This product actually says “no poop” right on the bag, and is actually edible!) And because there is no ammonia that can burn plants and grass, it is a better composition for plant growth and it holds the water in better (less watering, less drying out) which is perfect for Arizona gardeners.
View the story/video here via ABC15.com: http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/region_southeast_valley/tempe/Tempe-company-uses-spoiled-food-in-composting
Check out www.ecoscraps.net for more information and look for their Harvest Plenty products at these locations:
San Tan Nursery – 13012 E Chandler Heights Rd Chandler, AZ 85249
A & P Nursery – 2601 E Baseline Rd Gilbert, AZ 85234
A & P Plant Nurseries & Lawn – 2645 W Baseline Rd Mesa, AZ 85202
A&P Plant Nurseries – 6129 E Brown Rd Mesa, AZ 85205
Harper’s Nursery & Landscape Co – 1830 E McKellips Rd Mesa, AZ 85203
Baker Nursery – 3414 N 40th St Phoenix, AZ 85018
Berridge Nurseries – 4647 E Camelback Rd Phoenix, AZ 85018
The Style Nursery – 7120 N 12th St Phoenix, AZ 85020
Whitfill Nurseries Inc – 5600 S 40th St Phoenix, AZ
Harper’s Nurseries & Flower Shops – 2529 N Hayden Rd Scottsdale, AZ 85257
SummerWinds Nursery – 17826 N. Tatum Blvd. Phoenix, AZ 85032 – 602-867-1822
SummerWinds Nursery – 3160 S. Country Club Mesa, AZ 85210 – 480-892-1469
SummerWinds Nursery – 6426 W. Bell Rd. Glendale, AZ 85308 – 623-979-5296
Desert Survivors Native Plant Nursery – 1020 W Starr Pass Blvd Tucson, AZ 85713
Green Things – 3235 E Allen Rd Tucson, AZ 85718
Squash Blossom Nursery – 784 N Tegner St Wickenburg, AZ 85390