Amanda Slater works for KidsGardening.org, a resource of the National Gardening Association, whose nonprofit mission is to empower every generation to lead healthier lives, build stronger communities, and encourage environmental stewardship through educational gardening programs. Since 1982, KidsGardening.org has impacted over 2 million participants across America and around the world. Approximately 10,000 awards, totaling over $4.1 million, have been distributed to install or expand educational gardens. Amanda lives in the Green Mountains of Vermont with her husband, Sam and her son, John. Like all KidsGardening.org employees, she loves to garden and tends four expansive raised beds in her backyard that always result in extra squash and pumpkins for the office!
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September 17, 2014
This post originally appeared on Garden.org. Published with permission. It’s pumpkin time again! Although it is the eye catching, orange fruit of the pumpkin plant that receives the honor of being the hallowed symbol of season, the seeds deserve some glory too. Think twice before you toss those pumpkin guts this year. Pumpkin seeds are tasty little packages full of vitamins and minerals offering numerous health benefits. Pumpkin seeds, also called pepitas, are green in color often surrounded by an off white seed coat or shell (or hull or husk). Some varieties produce seeds without a shell. An...