Learn more about how you can reduce your environmental footprint by eating sustainably and maybe even growing some of your own food.
The City hands out thousands of bags of organic compost every year. Check back for upcoming giveaway events or signup for our E-Newsletter to be notified of events.
GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS AND YOUR FOOD
Check out Eat Low Carbon’s interactive database of foods and their associated carbon emissions. It is estimated that the food system accounts for a third of all greenhouse gas emissions. Taking small steps in understanding your diet and making conscious, healthy, and environmentally-friendly decisions can lower your carbon footprint and may result in a healthier diet.
WATER CONSUMPTION AND YOUR FOOD
Did you know that it takes 1,056 gallons of water to make one gallon of brewed coffee? Or that is takes 51 gallons of water to make one egg? The Water Footprint Network has created an interactive gallery of foods to browse to better understand the water footprint of your daily lifestyle.
BUYING LOCAL AND IN SEASON
Check out the San Leandro Farmers Market every Wednesday from April to October from 3-8pm at Parrott Street in Downtown San Leandro.
LOCAL RESOURCES FOR GROWING YOUR OWN FOOD
- Recipe4Health: Recipe4Health is an initiative through Alameda County's ALL IN program. It is an integrative model for healthcare that addresses the social determinants of health (specifically food insecurity and social isolation) and chronic disease. Recipe4Health focuses on using medically supportive food from farms using regenerative farming practices that improve soil health, human health, and planetary health with an equity lens.
- San Leandro Seed Lending Library: The Seed Lending Library tat the Main Library operates as a community seed exchange allowing borrowers to “check out” a wide variety of vegetable and flower seeds to plant in their gardens for home use.
- Stopwaste.org: Learn how to build healthy soil, choose the right plants, grow an edible garden, and reduce wasteful gardening practices on StopWaste’s Gardening site.
- Integrated Pest Management: What exactly is integrated pest management? It’s a way to manage pests in your yard with the lowest environmental and health impacts. UC Davis has many resources to help you with this topic.