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The Great Pumpkin’s Life Lessons and Teaching Gardening Sustainability to Kids

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Teaching sustainability to kids

It isn’t easy being green but in the long run it’s not only better for the environment, it is also better for the family budget. Julia Parker-Dickerson, youth education programs director at the National Gardening Association (, offers these suggestions.


• Become a locavore for a week. Eat only foods that were produced within a 100-mile radius of your home. Have kids help map the local area and read labels on boxes and bags of food to see if they match your criteria. Talk about the amount of energy it takes to transport foods from other parts of the world to your grocery store and how much energy you can save by eating locally.

• Keep the money close to home. Eating locally

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Amber Johnson
Author: Amber Johnson

Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas. She is a passionate community builder and loves the outdoors. She has two awesome teens and is happily married to a man obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin.

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