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  • All of the  Farmers’ Markets in Greater New Haven are now open for the season. You can find one any day of the week! See our Farm Fresh page for locations and schedules.

Welcome to greenHaven, a new feature on kidHaven. Our goal is to make this a comprehensive resource for Green Parenting in the Greater New Haven area.

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Why Green Parenting?

Bottom line: Climate change is real. Non-food in food is real. Endangered species and habitats are real. Pervasive waste is real.

But guess what? It’s not that hard! There are endless opportunities for greening our lives, even with limited time, energy, and budgets. So many opportunities can feel somewhat overwhelming–how can we do it all, right?–but ultimately this is a good thing. Because if you’re not in a place right now to think big (installing solar panels), you can start small (wash laundry in cold). Or if you’re not ready to tackle transportation issues, take on recycling. And if you’re never goinf to raise your own chickens, maybe you can commit to buying organic. Your Best Bet: Figure out your priorities, start with the low-hanging fruit, and create some realistic goals for the mid- and long-term.

Greening our lives is a journey of learning, trying, and doing the best we can. Guilt over not doing more will only hold us back, so leave it aside. Remember that baby steps toward improvement are fine and to be expected. Every effort you make sends the message to your family (and community) that sustainability matters. And every little bit really does make a difference, especially if we are changing our habits for a lifetime, and, while doing so, molding the habits of the next generation.

Enjoy and hope to hear from you!

— Green Mama

contact me : greenmama@email.com

kidHaven/greenHaven is not affiliated with Green Haven Cohousing. For info on the exciting development of this sustainable (and totally kid-friendly) community, right in New Haven, please see: greenhavencohousing.org 

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Buying Greener

Farm Fresh

Green Deals & Coupons

Green Living Resources–State & Local

Natural Encounters

  • Annual Events
  • Environmental Education Programs
  • Natural History Museums, Zoos & Aquariums
  • Nature Centers & Petting Zoos

Natural Markets & Restaurants

Recycling Town-By-Town

Second Time Around

  • Consignment & Resale Shops
  • Thrift Stores
  • . . . and More!

 

 

 

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