miles biked- 12
water used- 5.95 gallons (9.05 surplus)
|day 4 seed flat|
Here is what I found today that was local and organic:
_lots of greens
_really expensive blueberries
_lots of variety of bread flours
_hulled spelt kernels
_hard wheat berries
Basically the only bulk items which are local are grains and oats. To be honest, I don't even know where to start with most of the grains. I guess I should start making bread. The company which supplies most of the grains is Whole Grain Milling.
While this company grows some of their products locally: Oats, Hi Lysine Corn, Buckwheat, Yellow and White Popcorn, Spelt and Soybeans, the rest arrives as raw ingredients which are processed locally and distributed. Because the concern for most people who are motivated to buy local products is to support the local economy, the Wedge's definition of 'local' reflects that. Any company which receives raw ingredients and processes them locally can be called 'local'. This means that even companies like Peace Coffee are defined as local. Peace Coffee is likely the most environmentally responsible choice for coffee's in the Twin CIties because they receive green beans and do all the processing and packaging locally, meaning the product does not have to be shipped around the country to various processing and packaging plants. However, in the context of my project (in which local means minimizing transportation as much as possible) the definition doesn't necessarily apply. This means that I need to look into each company and find out where they are sourcing their product from. Fortunately, this is made really easy with the Wedge's website, it is amazing and totally great how transparent they have made the information about where food comes from.
My compost bin is molding, I'm going to guess this is a normal thing to be happening? Because the food is rotting to turn into compost? I shake the container up everyday and add some newspaper shreds, any advice on this?
Still working out my electricity budget, mostly because I got an answer that I can't accept haha. I spoke with Jamie Borell at Innovative Power System's in St.Paul and based on my 1790 sq ft roof he had the following advice:
"Ballpark, cocktail napkin-drawn numbers:
You can fit 6kW on the roof or (30) 200-watt solar modules, producing 600kWh/ month or 7,200kWh/ year. This solar electricity offsets 900 pounds of CO2 per month or 10,800 pounds of CO2/ year and is the equivalent of planting 720 trees"
If I'm doing the math right, it sounds like 20 kWh a day total, divided by 6 residents is 3.33 kWh/day as an energy budget.
To give you an idea of what the breakdown of electrical use I have recorded so far is:
Daily these items use:
Grow Light - 175 watts/hr (8 hours a day) = 1400 watts or 1.4 kWh
Refrigerator - 68 watts/hr (24 hours a day) = 1634.4 watts or 1.634 kWh
Computer - 27 watts/hr (8 hours a day) = 216 watts or .216 kWh
As you can see, I already log a total of 3.25 kWh/day using only the essential things. I haven't turned on a light in four days (except for the occasional forgetful light switching) and haven't been using my stereo or TV. I have yet to calculate the energy used from my electric stove (which is a lot), and heating is obviously not accounted for yet. So...um... uh oh.
|me in the dark :/|