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Hello permies, I've been a member here at permies.com for a while but haven't introduced myself yet. Currently an urbanite in West Texas/South Plains, I'm working on greening my property to make it more hospitable to life. It is improving each year—thanks to my youngest son for all of his help. It wouldn't have happened without him. I'm so glad we all have found permaculture and so glad we have networks like permies.com!  
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Welcome Jana. The part of growing things I find most enjoyable is the connection that grows between people while growing other things. A year ago my kids had no idea where food came from. Now they help prepare food, grow food and they waste a lot less and eat more things!

They were horrified we didn't eat the fish heads from yesterday, but they were cool when we planted them with a tree!

My parents were kind enough to expose me to similar principles when I was young, and it gives a sense of beauty that makes synthetic beauty just not make sense. A great gift for your son.
 
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Welcome to Permies. Glad to have you join us.

Exposing kids to how things really are is the best. I was gardening since I could walk, literally, and I started running my own show in 1966 (picking my own seeds, paying for them with my own money, starting my own plants, planting them out and weeding/tending them). I'm still learning. Hands in the dirt is the best. Glad you have your own bit of land to dream and do, and taking your son along for the trip--WONDERFUL.

Again, welcome.
 
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Hi Jana, Welcome to Permies! I love the picture. How sweet!

My gardening experience started early, too, age 5 or 6. Only, in my case, myself and two of my three sisters would have garden competitions. The middle sister would always have a better crop, so the other, older sister and I would sabotage her efforts. Terrible, but fun!

Getting your son involved at a young age is great. I had visitors to my garden several years ago and their young son asked me, "Are those apples?" He was pointing to my tomatoes.
 
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Welcome! It is great that you and your son are gardening together. I grew up gardening and it has always been a big part of my life thanks to my parents. I always like it when I see parents involving their kids.
 
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Welcome! Its great to have you here.  There is nothing better than gardening with kids!
 
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Welcome to the group.  enjoy seeing someone close to me on here.
 
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Welcome to permies!  Its great you are getting your son involved.  I am looking forward to hearing more about how you are greening your part of Texas.
 
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Our area does need a lot more green up here.  Right now due to lack of rain every thing is really getting dry.
 
Happily living in the valley of the dried frogs with a few tiny ads.
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