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Once you’ve reaped the delicious benefits of a summer’s harvest, look further than your plate in order to find a purpose for what you’ve grown. Seed saving is a fantastic way to practice self sufficiency and resilience, and also helps to preserve plant varieties for years to come. In addition to the cultural and agricultural value of holding onto these plants (and their seeds), practicing seed saving at home is a great way to engage in hands-on science learning – the digging-in-the-dirt kind that leads to some serious discoveries!

Winter farmers’ markets provide our communities with delicious and fresh food throughout the winter months, and in addition to this valuable (and healthy) contribution, markets have lots of learning to offer as well. In addition to the embedded learning that a market visit offers, the Amherst & Northampton Winter Farmers’ Markets offer workshops & events centered around self sufficiency throughout the winter market season!

As parents we want to preserve this amazing place we call home. We chose to live here for its beauty and its charm. This month in “Parenting Green,” Hilltown Families Contributing Writer, Angie Gregory, shares three small and very significant ways we can green our social landscape.

Once you’ve reaped the delicious benefits of a summer’s harvest, look further than your plate in order to find a purpose for what you’ve grown. Seed saving is a fantastic way to practice self sufficiency and resilience, and also helps to preserve plant varieties for years to come. In addition to the cultural and agricultural value of holding onto these plants (and their seeds), practicing seed saving at home is a great way to engage in hands-on science learning – the digging-in-the-dirt kind that leads to some serious discoveries!

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