March 21, 2007

Dumpster Diving

One Person's Dumpster Is Another's Diner (From Alternet)

Becca Tucker goes on a 3 day experiment eating only what she can forrage from trash in Manhattan. The results are impressive. An excerpt:

"The guided "trash tour" I'd participated in the night before left no doubt that this three-day experiment was a doable feat. If I'd had more hands, I could have gathered a week's worth of food from the garbage left on the sidewalk outside D'Agostino's, three Gristedes, and a Dunkin' Donuts. (Dunkin' Donuts tosses everything every twelve hours, according to an employee.) On top of uncountable loaves of bread and bagels, leaves of lettuce and slightly brown bananas, treasures that turned up included black-and-white cookies, ginger root, beets, Lunchables, and scallion pancakes. According to Madeline Nelson, who looks like your favorite librarian and dumpster dives for most of her food, dumpstering once a week can fulfill about 85 percent of your grocery needs. Twice-weekly dives can cover 90 to 95 percent. She didn't need to come out to the trash tour, because a friend recently stayed at her apartment, and as a thank-you gift he dumpster dove her fridge stock-full."

March 11, 2007

New Gleaning Website

New website that promotes sharing of food resources

October 5, 2006

Street Team in SF Financial District

The Anti-Advertising Agency’s street team hit downtown San Francisco on Wednesday at noon to promote alternative economies. As part of the The Samaras Project, a series of postcards promoting worker owned co-operatives, gleaning, gift economies, open culture, and other economies were distributed to passersby.

September 24, 2006




Ever feel like there is an abundance of goods just going to waste in our society? 1st mentioned in the Old Testament, gleaning originally meant collecting leftover crops from fields. Today it has come to mean collecting things that others have thrown away. You can see this practiced everyday; from cardboard recyclers, to that great furniture find sitting out on the sidewalk, to those who feed the hungry by collecting surplus food from restaurants and groceries.

Find out more through these great working examples: Food Not Bombs and