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The challenge will run from Monday, May 22 until Sunday, July 2. For the first two weeks, participants will take baseline measurements. 

Do not implement any new food saving techniques in this period. The next four weeks will be all about implementing food waste reduction strategies and figuring out what works for you. Keep measuring during this time period so you can see how much waste you’re saving.

All you need to join is a container (a container with a lid is recommended) to put the food waste in. Food waste will be measured in inches, so it is recommended that the container does not have slanted sides or is too big. More measurement information is on the FTGTW Measurement page linked below.

The resources will be emailed out every few days according to the calendar linked below. PDFs are linked on the main challenge page If you would like paper copies, they will be available at the Rice County Environmental Services office or at the food waste booth at the Riverwalk Market Fair and Cannon Valley Farmers Market.

Curbside Compost will be offering a free trial to those who do not have access to backyard composting or are already subscribed. Simply note that you do not have access to compost in the initial survey to be connected to Curbside Compost.

                                    FTGTW Measurement                               FTGTW Calendar


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By completing the challenge, you will be eligible to win a backyard compost bin. Plus, there are opportunities to win prizes! Throughout the contest, there will be additional events you can attend, meaning there will be additional opportunities to win. 

To get credit and be entered for a chance to win, email a picture of your team at the event to Emily.


pdf of calendar

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Game night: Just Eat It (NR)

Composting webinar

  • Monday, June 26
  • Time TBD

Riverwalk Market Fair

  • 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays in Bridge Square, Division and Fourth streets, Northfield

Faribault Farmers Market

  • 7 a.m.-noon Saturdays starting June 3 in Central Park, 430 Second Ave NW, Faribault
    Composting - Dos & Don'ts

Food Shelf volunteering

No set time, sign up with food shelf