Madison, WI,
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5 Ideas for an Eco-friendly Summer

If you're looking for something different to try this summer, how about a sustainability project? With a little creativity, you and your family can support your community's dreams for a healthier environment!

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Put Down Some Roots - Grab a shovel and plant a tree in your backyard. And voila! You'll enjoy shade in the summer, and can use its leaves for composting in the fall.

Say yes to muddy knees - Nothing beats the taste of fresh veggies or the smell of fresh flowers - especially when you've grown them yourself! Start a family garden and let each child have a plot to call their own.

Start a backyard compost pile - Don't throw plant matter (leaves, grass clippings, uneaten vegetables, etc.) away. Let them decompose into valuable and nutrient-rich compost you can use in your garden!

Donate - If you're done with something, let someone else enjoy it. By passing on unused items, you give them new life, plus, it keeps them out of a landfill.

Cook a local feast - Visit your community's farmer's market to buy fresh, locally-grown ingredients for a family meal. Your kids will learn to support their local farmers and better appreciate how food gets from the farm to the table!

Whatever sustainability projects your family tries this summer, take pride in your efforts. After all, it's only with small changes that we can accomplish our biggest dreams!