Celebrate Lowell’s Harvests with Mill City Grows! September 9, 2014
For more information, visit Mill City Grows: www.millcitygrows.org
Be Green: Buy Local and Eat Fresh September 5, 2014
There is one farm in Lowell that we shouldn’t forget: Rollie’s Farm! Located at 1413 Varnum Avenue in Lowell, Rollie’s farm has been growing produce, flowers and Christmas trees for more than half a century. Since 1953, the Perrons have conquered the odds that were against them to continue to operate as a small family farm. Stop by their produce stand, Like them on Facebook and support your local farmer!
Waste Not, Want Not – the State’s new food waste disposal ban September 3, 2014
Diversion of food waste from solid waste is a key goal of the Lowell Green Restaurant Program. There are several ways that this goal can be met:
Donate usable food to food banks or repurposed.
Divert food waste to Anaerobic Digestion: Biogas generated by anaerobic digestion is clean energy fuel, which can be used to generate electricity, heat, or fuel natural gas vehicles.
Compost or donate to animal–feed operations: composting stabilizes waste, reduces volume and results in a nutrient rich humus soil amendment.
Effective October 1, 2014, Food Establishments in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that dispose of at least one ton of organic material per week will be required to divert food waste to energy-generating and composting facilities and reduce the Commonwealth’s solid waste stream. Restaurants with the equivalent of 70 full time employees exceed the threshold. However, smaller restaurants are encouraged to participate voluntarily.
Food materials and organics make up 25 percent of the current waste stream, making the disposal ban an important component of the Commonwealth’s strategy to reduce waste disposal. The ban will help the Commonwealth reach its goals to reduce the waste stream by 30 percent by 2020 and greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050.
Additional information can be found at the following links:
Based on EEA news release: http://www.mass.gov/eea/pr-2014/food-waste-disposal.html
Millions of Peaches, Peaches for Me! August 13, 2014
What better to celebrate then at a Peach Festival. You’re in luck: Carlson Orchards is having a Peach Festival this weekend, August 16th and 17th in Harvard, MA.
* Live music!
* Hay Rides!
* Cookout! annnnnd
For more information visit: www.carlsonorchards.com
2nd Annual Farm-To-Cocktail Party is coming up! June 16, 2014
Tickets are on sale now!
For more info, click here.
Celebrate Earth Day with Lowell Green Restaurants! April 20, 2014
Press Release – September 2012 April 23, 2013
Here is the press release from our first green restaurant certification back in September 2012. Congratulations once again to the Athenian Corner and Brew’d Awakening Coffehaus for being the first restaurants to be certified through our program.
Our “Let’s Talk Compo$t” event will be this Monday at Middlesex Community College. Be sure to come by to learn more about Composting options in Lowell and more about the Lowell Green Restaurant program.
Welcome to the Lowell Green Restaurant’s new website!
We are still under some construction but be sure to explore our pages for information on becoming a green restaurant and to find some information about our current restaurants. Be sure to visit often as we update our website.