Environmental Stewardship @ Uptown Summer 15


It’s not the image of Troy that the news normally paints but amidst the reported violence and in the heart of North Troy rests The Sanctuary and The Collar City Garden.






Aside from being the source of fresh fruit and vegetables that the Sanctuary harvests to feed its volunteers and students, it also frequently gives free food to the community.





This morning students and volunteers tended the garden, harvesting fresh ingredients for lunch and for ‘Peacestock’, an event taking place in Freedom Square.






Then this afternoon students at the Sanctuary met up with The Capital District Child Care Council for their “Farm to Preschool Program” where a handful of moms met up at Price Chopper with a representative from “Eat Smart NY”. Together we roamed the grocery store looking at different items and comparing their nutritional value.


Highlights for successful grocery shopping included:


  • Buy in bulk and freeze extra ingredients if necessary ( this includes fruit, veggies, and milk)

  • Pay attention to unit pricing, look at weight and serving size and determine if the ‘so-called’ sale is actually a value.

  • Try to buy fresh ingredients with possible and note that when deciding between packaged goods, like carrots or salad mixes, and fresh unpackaged goods- you pay for the packaging (and for the slicing in pre-cut items)

  • When buying canned goods look out for these key terms to make sure you are buying healthy products: ‘low sodium’ & ‘no sugar added’ – avoid heavy syrup when possible. (FYI: Canned items are often less expensive than fresh but buy fresh when you can.)

  • Reading a food label: Check serving size and note calories per serving, check daily value ( anything 20% and above is considered high and anything 20% and under is considered low), try to buy items that have a high value in nutrients like vitamins and calcium and low value in sodium and sugar.

  • When buying food in bulk consider making 2 dishes at once and freezing one for a quick meal at a later date, or use leftovers to make a new meal. For example, leftover chicken and rice can become a stirfry when you add vegetables. Get creative!

  • When buying diary pay attention to fat, saturated fat, and sugar. Whole milk is high in all three.

  • When buying grains check the ingredients and make sure the first ingredient listed is a grain (if it just says ‘whole grain’ without naming a grain like oat then it’s likely just enriched flour- even if it says ‘wheat’!)

  • Avoid cereals that are heavy and sugar and also check the unit price and weight. Many times the smaller the box, the more expensive. And stores often put the worst (highest in sugar) cereals on the bottom to catch the attention of kids.


Alycia Bacon,
The Modern Scribe
For The Sanctuary for Indepedent Media