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The summer harvest includes all kinds of tasty treats for our families to enjoy. Homeschoolers can use this season to teach children the importance of healthy eating and fun ways to include nutritious changes to our lifestyles.

1.1 Article: “Your Marriage Is Impacting Your Children, Whether You Realize it or Not”
1.2 Harvest Planning
1.3 Books on Nutrition and Harvesting
1.4 Preparing Your Healthy Harvest
1.5 Beyond the Harvest

 

1.1 Article: “Your Marriage Is Impacting Your Children, Whether You Realize it or Not”

Suzanne Stamboulieh, from The Courage blog, shares her wisdom about the importance of a strong healthy marriage and how it impacts your children.

www.thecourage.com/your-marriage-is-impacting-your-children-whether-you-realize-it-or-not

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1.2 Harvest Planning

Many varieties of peaches are in season in the Old Dominion. You can use the resources on this website to find a peach orchard near you.

http://pickyourown.org/VA.htm

This Chart from PickYourOwn.org can help you plan to plant, harvest, and preserve fresh fruits and vegetables.

www.pickyourown.org/VAharvestcalendar.htm

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1.3 Books on Nutrition and Harvesting

Freshly harvested fruits and vegetables are delicious and nutritious. These books will encourage healthy eating for your preschoolers.

www.thejennyevolution.com/healthy-nutrition-books-for-kids

If you are planning a trip to a local peach orchard, this booklet, published by the United States Department of Agriculture, can help you prepare your students. You will find information on hands-on activities, the science of growing peach trees, stories and songs, educational activities and recipes, and lots more.

https://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/growit_book6.pdf 

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1.4 Preparing Your Healthy Harvest

You can use these smoothie recipes using your summer harvest to teach your students about healthy snacking alternatives.

http://publichealthabc.com/theres-better-10-fantastic-smoothies-enjoy-summer

Once your child masters kitchen knife skills, they can help you prepare food for canning and preserving. This beginner’s guide to canning and preserving fruits and vegetables might help them gain the valuable skills needed to create healthy eating habits for a lifetime.

http://lovelygreens.com/2016/09/how-to-can-preserve-food-beginners.html

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1.5 Beyond the Harvest

You can challenge your high school student to grow a peach tree from a peach pit. The instructions can be found on this website.

http://home.howstuffworks.com/how-to-plant-peach-seed.htm 

The mark of a true gardener is to perpetuate their crop from one season to the next by collecting, preparing, and planting the seeds from each year’s harvest. Both of the websites below include information to get you started preparing for next year’s garden.

https://homesteading.com/art-seed-saving/amp

https://thegardenbench.wordpress.com/2011/08/20/seed-saving-at-the-end-of-summer/amp

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