DYK? • A head of lettuce can last up to 25 years in a landfill. • Food waste takes up the most space in landfills. • Americans waste approximately a pound of food per person each day (depending on diet), meaning in Chattanooga, we waste about 180,000 pounds of food per day, or 65.7 million pounds per year. • As a planet, we annually waste 1.3 billion tons of food — enough to feed three billion people.
That’s all a little overwhelming, huh? While we don’t expect Noogans to fix the planet, we do have a cool new local opportunity to help divert food waste from our landfills — NewTerra Compost.
After a neighborhood compost trial last summer, founders Normand Lavoie + Michael Ryan officially launched the business in December.In just one month, they hauled 12,000 pounds of food residuals to their 20-acre compost site.
The 20-acre compost site | Photo provided by NewTerra
Three things you should know about NewTerra1. Their mission is to make diverting food residuals easy for residential + commercial customers. 2. They help from the start in building a process that works for your restaurant, office, event, or family. 3. They are looking for neighborhoods interested in trialing a pickup service. Do you live in a tight knit neighborhood that would like to trial compost pick-up?Let them know.
I’m convinced — what now?
Residential As a resident, you can sign up to receive a compost bucket. Residents will pick up their bucket from a kiosk of their choosing + use that same kiosk to drop off residuals once a week. As a residential member you will also receive finished compost in return, or you can donate it to a nonprofit or community garden. You’ll also have a metric tracker when you log in to your account to see your environmental impact in action.
Bonus: Sign up before the end of January to be a founding member + receive a T-shirt and sticker.
Co-founder Michael Ryan at a kiosk | Photo provided by NewTerra
Commercial Because each business + institution is different, NewTerra will help develop individual plans for business owners + managers. Commercial members will have their residuals picked up. If you own a business and want to learn more, go here.
Development ○ Food service distributor + grocery store chain Gordon Food Service is looking to bring one of its retail grocery stores to Chattanoooga’s downtown area at 1817 Broad St. According to Chattanooga developer John Wise, the company has to get through a permitting process to bring its store to the 26,000 square-foot location. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Biz ○ Women’s clothing store Off the Rack (610 Georgia Ave.), which recently announced that it would be closing, will be turning into a new women’s clothing store called Fifth and James. While the store is undergoing rebranding, not everything will change – the new store is owned by Hannah Forgani, whose mom owned Off the Rack and passed the business on to her. The new store will start online only with a website launch on March 1. 🛍️
Coronavirus ○ After recently adding days to its COVID-19 vaccine appointment system, the Hamilton County Health department announced that first dose appointments are already full + only a few second dose appointments remain. Second doses will be administered at the Carta Bus Barn (1617 Wilcox Blvd.) on Feb. 1, 2, + 4. You can register to be vaccinatedhere.
Closing ○ Women’s clothing store chain Christopher & Banks recently announced that it has filed for bankruptcy and will close most, if not all, of its 449 stores. These store closings include the Christopher & Banks retail outlets located at Northgate Mall + the Calhoun Premium Outlets in Georgia. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
UTC ○ Today, UTC students begin classes for the spring 2021 semester. All courses – including classes scheduled as face-to-face and hybrid – will take place online through Feb. 1 before returning to the appropriate scheduled format. Certain essential face-to-face classes will take place in-person as normal starting today. 💻
Volunteer ○ Local nonprofit Foundation House Ministries – which provides financial, emotional, and physical support to mothers + pregnant women who struggle with addiction, homelessness, and joblessness – is currently seeking women speakers. The speakers will give 18-minute inspirational speeches about their paths to success. You can register to applyhere.
State ○ Nominations are now open for the Tennessee Wildlife Federation’s 56th annual conservation achievement awards, which recognize Tennesseans who have made significant contributions to the state’s wildlife and natural resources. You can find the specific nomination categories + nominate someone you think deserves recognition here.
DYK ○ It’s the most wonderful time of the year – Girl Scout cookie season, that is. Digital cookie sales have begun in the Southern Appalachian region, so if you know a girl scout, you can ask her how to order from her online cookie store. If you don’t personally know a Girl Scout, you can still find a way to order cookieshere. 🍪
Dish ○ You probably already knew eating foods containing vitamin C could helpkeep you healthythis winter. DYKvitamin E (almonds + peanuts), vitamin B6 (bananas), vitamin A (carrots + sweet potatoes), vitamin D (fatty fish) and zinc (yogurt + oysters) could give your immune system a boostas well? Ⓟ
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Getting out of bed this morning just got a little less painful – after several weeks of remodeling, Sleepyhead Coffee is back + better than ever. 🙌
The coffee shop reopened yesterday with its full drink menu and housemade vegan pastries (we’re already planning on devouring a croissant + lemon lavender donut) in its updated, aesthetically pleasing space that was made to be more efficient for customers — we can’t wait to check the new space out. ☕
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Drink ○ Classic Cocktails: Hot Drinks | Tues., Jan. 19 | 6-7 p.m. | Virtual | $15-$30 | Learn how to make warm cocktails that you can sip on all winter long. You can purchase a ticket to the class only or the class + materials for drinks. 🍷
PlanAhead ○ Air Fryer 101 | Wed., Jan. 20 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Virtual | $20 | Learn the basics + helpful tips for how to best use your air fryer to make the best meats, fries + vegetable sides. ○ Clean Comedy with Jeff Allen | Thurs., Jan. 21 | 7:30 p.m. | The Comedy Catch, 1400 Market St. | $25-$27 | Most of Allen’s comedy – which he’s performed for over four decades – revolves around marriage + living with teenagers. ○ Mobile Blood Drive | Fri., Jan. 22 | 12-4 p.m. | Hawthorne at the W, 329 Broomsedge Trail | Free | Volunteer to donate at Blood Assurance’s mobile blood drive. 🩸
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
Trista here, and I’m still reading “The Goldfinch.” I have also been working through “The Artist’s Way.” I’m currently on week 4 out of 12, and I already feel a truckload of ideas coming on. Has anyone else worked through this book? If so, can you tell me how it helped you get back in touch with your creativity?
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