Wanna See Something Pretty?

IMG_3422For a few years now, my roommate and I have been stashing our compostable food scraps in the freezer, and taking them to the GrowNYC guy at the farmer’s market on Saturdays.

I can compost pretty much everything, since I’m plant-based; if you see eggshells, they’re hers. We reuse four of those clear plastic containers that baby spinach comes in (you know the ones?), and dump our scraps into these bins throughout the week.

Often when I add things to the containers, or get ready to take the scraps to the farmer’s market, they have become gorgeous compositions. NOTE: I do not arrange them at all. Except to make room for more scraps in the containers.

What follows are ten of the photos I’ve taken as part of an ongoing project. I envision a gallery show at some point, to raise funds (and awareness) for preventing food waste.

Meanwhile, enjoy! Feel free to share this post, but please ask before using the photos for anything. (And see if you can identify the foods before reading the ingredients . . . 🙂 )

“From a Small Seed”


(Brussels sprouts, banana peels, succulent trimming, oatmeal, teabags)

“Spring Awakening (w/coffee)”


(ground coffee, banana peel, flowers, strawberry collar)



(onion, lemon, grapefruit, orange, carrot, garlic, roommate’s eggshells)

“Moondrops (and Other Planets)”


(moondrop grapes, avocado pit, moldy limes, spinach stems, teabag)



(bread heels, chickpea skins, lemon, house plant, Tostitos)



(corn husks, celery, red onion, spinach stems, carrot peel, eggshell)

“Coffee & Oatmeal”


(coffee & espresso grounds [w/filter], gladiolas, summer fruit, kale stems, oat)

“Brown (and pink)”


(banana, popcorn, mini tortillas, sesame crackers, pink mold)

“Banana Flowers (something of the marvelous)”


(carnations, bananas, popcorn, teabag, Italian parsley or cilantro)

“Des radis”


(radishes, greens, leeks)

Let me know what you think. I’ll post more later on. And follow me on Instagram @PlanetDeb, if you want to see them as I go . . .


© Debra Castellano. All reproductions are prohibited, except for non-commercial purposes, which should also give credit to Debra Castellano and/or link to this site.

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2 thoughts on “Wanna See Something Pretty?

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