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Chattanooga Green Moms creates community for local mothers

Sara Apgar knows the importance of green living at home, but she also knows how hard it can be to find other mothers who feel the same way.

That’s why she helped co-found a local Meetup group called Chattanooga Green Moms for other area mothers from Soddy-Daisy to Dalton with similar interests.

“We saw a need for a group that had more of a green and sustainable-living feel,” she said. “It’s open to anybody who feels they might be interested in making less traditional parenting decisions or who want to instill in their kids a sense of respect and responsibility for nature.”

While some of the members of the group are somewhat advanced in their green practices, Apgar said the group includes people who are interested in certain aspects of more sustainable living to those who are very involved with that type of lifestyle. She stressed that the group is a welcoming place for those that range from “hardcore to green-curious.”

“We won’t shun you because you use plastic bags or give your kids sugar,” said Apgar.

The group participates in a wide variety of activities that range from playground meet-ups and hikes to topical meetings on subjects like cloth diapering or mom’s night out. She said the group has a wide variety of interests in topics that include but aren’t limited to real food, doulas, midwifery, fermentation and canning.

In addition to the actual meet-ups, the group also has a discussion board on its Meetup site that has been a big draw for a lot of members who can’t always make it to the events, said Apgar.

“People like knowing we’re out here and being a part of the discussion,” she said. “It’s a great source of support and information.”

Through the group, Apgar said she has met a lot of new families and helped find a sense of belonging after moving to Chattanooga in 2009.

“It’s great to feel like you’re part of a community, especially for new or expecting moms who don’t necessarily have a support system,” she said. “We’re here to make people feel normal. If you’re out there and feel like you’re not normal in Chattanooga, then we’re here for you.”

For more information about the Chattanooga Green Moms group, visit www.meetup.com and search for Chattanooga Green Moms.

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