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Page 20 of 39 n Hudson Valley Parent 21 project with your children. In addi- tion to the planting he does at home, Fanelli says that his family is part of the Poughkeepsie Farm Project. Each year, they head over to Marist College to pick blueberries and rasp- berries off the trees. "It gives the kids a sense of gratifi- cation," he says. "Kids really learn so much from that." For lists of butterfly, bird and bee-friendly plants, log onto the Catskill Nursery website at Lisa Iannucci is a freelance writer who lives in Poughkeepsie and has written for Hudson Valley Parent before. 465 E Main Street Middletown, NY 10940 (845) 343-8212 BRACES AND INVISALIGN FOR CHILDREN, TEENS, AND ADULTS. Beautiful, Stunning Smiles that will Last a Lifetime Where you are always treated as an individual, not a number • No more goopy gaggy materials with our high-tech digital impressions • Hurry in for our interest-free fi nancing and affordable payment plans! • Actual Patients Treated by Dr. Pachter Voted Favorite Doc Four Years In A Row Surrogate gardening 101 If you really aren't into garden- ing but still want your children to learn reap the bene ts, help is just a mouse click away. Eco-Tots - A program at the Cary Institute in Millbrook where 3 to 5-year-olds learn about plants, insects, and water through outdoor exploration and basic experiments. Hudson Valley Farm to School Initiative - A resource for area schools that inspires kids to think about where their food comes from and make healthier food choices. They partner with schools and local farms to incorporate nutrition education cooking classes and garden-based learning into the curriculum. "Stress-Free Vegetable Gar- dening: Thriving Gardens with Minimal E ort" - author Caleb Warnock tells exactly how to make gardening fun and easy with as little strain as possible. The book focuses on avoiding weeds, removing pests without chemicals, grow vegetables year-round and it includes a cheat sheet on caring for many commonly grown veggies.

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