Fredericksburg Parent

April 2015

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8 Fredericksburg Parent and Family • April 2015 letter to the readers PRODUCTION PUBLISHER Leigh Anne Van Doren Tabitha & Jamie Nelle's mom EDITOR-AT-LARGE Chris Jones Jordan, Quincy & Hayden's dad OPERATIONS & MARKETING Heidi DiEugenio, President, HD Solutions Duke & Dane's mom OFFICE MANAGER & EVENT PLANNING Stephanie Maldonado; Julia, Tyler & Aiden's mom ADVERTISING SALES REPRESENTATIVES Sheila Giscard; Jack's mom Jodi Urquhart; Noah & Carly's mom DESIGN & PRODUCTION Cheryl Carter, President, Carter Creations Alex, Kate & Jackie's mom WEBMASTER Karen Charney Joshua & Spencer's mom CALENDAR EDITOR Leigha Pecher Jake & Luke's mom CIRCULATION Krista Starosta Nick, Andrew, Kaylin & Kensington's mom COMMUNITY BLOGS Mary Becelia Katherine Laura & Robert Joseph's mom FACEBOOK COMMUNITY Pamela Quinones: Corinn, Michael, Isabella & Dalton TWITTER, INSTAGRAM & PINTEREST COMMUNITY MANAGER Brenda Sapanghila: Archer & Maddox's mom parent fredericksburg & family Entrepreneur of the Year PROUD FOUNDING MEMBER ADVERTISING PHONE 540/374-1495 E-MAIL CALENDAR & RESOURCE REQUESTS E-MAIL E-MAIL EDITORIAL PHONE 540/374-1495 E-MAIL SNAIL MAIL P.O. Box 7884, Fred'bg, VA 22404 The publishers reserve the right to reject any advertisement, editorial or listing that does not meet the publication's stan- dards. No part of this magazine may be reproduced with out permission. Listing and advertising rates are available upon request. Every effort has been made to assure the accuracy of the information contained herein, however, the publisher cannot guarantee such accuracy. Listings and advertisements are subject to typographical errors, ommissions and/or change without notice. For terms and condi- tions please visit our website at © Copyright 2015 Nurture, Inc. All rights reserved. T his year it's finally going to come true: I am going to have a successful vegetable garden. I know this will happen because last fall, I paid for a share of a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), which means the fam is going to get a bag full of veggies every week from May through September. Murphy's Law being what it is, my garden, knowing that I don't need its prod- ucts, will go gangbusters. I could avoid the predicted duplication of efforts and up-to-my- ears-in-greens by not planting anything. No seeds in the ground, no plants to harvest. This would be the perfect year to take a break because, you know, those CSA bags will be bulging with goodness. But how can I resist the beautiful seed packets I see everywhere? Short answer: I can't. Somehow a half dozen found their way into my Wegman's cart yesterday . I guess I'm also inspired because April is the month that Fred Parent is devoting to healthy families. What is healthier than grow- ing your own veggies? My daughter loves to grab pea pods off the vine while waiting for the bus. My son exclaims over every let- tuce seedling and is game to help me dig in the mud and dirt. Now that he is almost 10, he is pretty helpful! You can get quite a workout in the garden, which also fits in with the healthy family theme. First, do some squats while gather- ing up the twigs, sticks and leaves that winter left behind. Then, work up a sweat with a shovel as you "turn the soil." (This is in quotes because I've never actually done it, but writing the phrase makes me sound like a pro gardener. This is far from the truth, and may be why I've never had a very successful garden.) But like I said, 2015 is the year; I've got my seeds, my trowel and my son and I can't wait to get started! May all of you have a happy, healthy and fruitful month as well! Mary Becelia lives with her family in southern Stafford. BY MARY BECELIA in Just- spring when the world is mud- luscious… --e.e. Cummings Planting Seeds

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