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Oconomowoc Community 30x30 Nature Challenge

The WI Green Building Alliance is challenging people across Wisconsin to spend 30 minutes a day in nature for 30 days.  Unplug from your cell phone, tablet, e-readers and all electronic devices and connect with the natural world around you for 30 minutes a day. 

A group of business and community leaders came together in Oconomowoc and decided to participate in the 30x30 Nature Challenge. The Oconomowoc area challenge is being sponsored by:  Annie Haas Communications Consulting, City of Oconomowoc, Compass Point Consulting, Evolution Marketing, First Bank Financial Centre, Greener Oconomowoc, Oconomowoc Area Chamber of Commerce and Waukesha County Parks.  The purpose of this blog is to share our experiences being in nature.

http://wgba.shuttlepod.org/challenge  - click here to sign up

Garden It Forward

By Jennifer Kindred, First Bank Financial Centre:

 

I am a gardener.  I used to think it was something that I just did, but in the past several years I have come to realize that it is officially my hobby!  Over the years my garden (and my family) has “grown”.  My daughter became a gardener when she was about 20 months old and dumped an entire packet of chive seeds into one of my flower beds, and I am proud to say that every spring that patch of chives comes back and reminds me of the day when it all started for her.  Gardening has its nature and health benefits but being able to pass these skills on to the next generation makes it that much more rewarding.

 

Let’s face it, living in Wisconsin our outdoor season is short and gardening can be one of the best ways to take advantage of the summer months, both by getting us outside and moving, but also by the daily motivation that you must go out and tend to your garden.  And the harvests can be preserved for enjoyment through the winter months.  A jar of homemade salsa tastes best on a cold December Sunday while watching a Packer game with friends.

 

My now 8 year old, has graduated to having her own section of our 30x30 victory garden.  Every year she actively plants, weeds and harvests her share of the garden.  She changes up what she plants, but focuses on a variety of lettuce, carrots, gourds, beets, and cucumbers.  This June has been even more special because of the 30x30 nature challenge – every evening she says “mom put down your phone and let’s go out to the garden”.  The garden gives us time together and time to celebrate the small victories of the day – seeds that have sprouted, kale that is getting ready to cut, or my personal favorite, this sunset that happened while we were out watering the garden  the other night.  She grabbed me by the hand and we ran to the front yard to get a better view, then she called for her dad to come out and look and we all three stood there and admired the show.  You never know what’s going to happen once you disconnect from technology and reconnect with nature.

 

Whether it’s flowers, or vegetables in a container on your patio get your kids outside and let them “grow”!  You never know where it might lead…….

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