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FW: Mantis Award for Community Gardening

  • Subject: [cg] FW: Mantis Award for Community Gardening
  • From: "Sally McCabe" <smccabe@pennhort.org>
  • Date: Mon, 1 Jul 2002 16:26:15 -0400
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-----Original Message-----
From: SchComm@aol.com [mailto:SchComm@aol.com]
Sent: Monday, July 01, 2002 2:02 PM
To: smccabe@pennhort.org; sallymcc@libertynet.org
Subject: Mantis Award for Community Gardening

I thought you folks might be interested in this:

OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY GARDENS WIN 2002 MANTIS AWARD
Twelve community gardens from across the United States -- ranging from an organic garden in Novato, California, where "the hungry feed the hungry" to New York City's first community garden -- have been selected to receive the 2002 Mantis Award for Community Gardens by the National Gardening Association. Each winning community garden has received a lightweight Mantis Tiller/Cultivator for use in its gardening programs.

According to Amy Gifford, administrator of the Mantis Award program, the criteria for selection included evaluating the gardening program's vision, organization and service to the community. The Mantis Award for Community Gardens is an annual award that began in 1995.

"Mantis is proud to recognize 12 truly remarkable community gardens for their dedication to gardening education and their success in bringing positive gardening experiences to people in their local communities," said Robert C. Bell, president of Mantis.

For more information about the Mantis Award contact the National Gardening Association at 1-800-538-7476. For more information about the Mantis line of gardening tools, visit the website at www.mantisgardentools.com.


2002 Mantis Award Winners

HOMEWARD BOUND'S NEW BEGINNINGS GARDEN, Novato, CA  
Homeward Bound helps people in Marin County who, through unfortunate circumstances, find themselves without a job, home or food. Located on a decommissioned military base, the New Beginnings Garden not only grows organic produce to feed the hungry but also trains people for jobs in the horticultural industry.

OAK-TREE SANCTUARY, Arkport, NY
Oak-Tree Sanctuary is devoted to hands-on gardening education designed to foster a healthy respect for Mother Nature. Amidst the 70-acre nature preserve are community gardens where participants can learn how to grow their own food.

WYANDOTTE HIGH SCHOOL, Kansas City, KS
This urban high school had a vision: turn an unused courtyard into a botanical garden where its 1200 students could get their hands dirty as they learned about gardening and the natural sciences.

SUNWATCH INDIAN VILLAGE, Dayton, OH
Located at the site of an ancient Indian village dating back to 1200 A.D., SunWatch Indian Village is an educational museum site for school children. Volunteers till and plant a garden that features the "Three Sisters" of Native American agriculture-corn, beans and squash.

VIRGINIA BEACH MASTER GARDENER ASSOCIATION, Virginia Beach, VA
Master Gardeners conduct annual flower trials, install and maintain perennial and herb demonstration gardens, and sponsor a Community Gardening Festival at Virginia Tech's Tidewater Arboretum in Virginia Beach.

PATRICK McGAHERAN SCHOOL, Lebanon, NJ  
All 190 third graders from Patrick McGaheran School participate in the annual Seeds to Salad program, growing lettuce and early vegetables that are harvested for the Salad Celebration held in June.

WINSTON COUNTY NURSING HOME, Louisville, MS  
A labor of love for its 120 "young at heart" residents, the Winston County Nursing Home Garden is filled with tomatoes, green peppers, squash, radishes, watermelons and other produce.

GENTLE WORLD, Kapaau, HI  
The vegetable gardens at Gentle World feed people at homeless and support shelters on the big island of Hawaii. Gardening participants learn everything from planting and maintaining an organic garden to how to prepare fresh vegetables in delicious, healthy meals.

ELSBERRY MIDDLE SCHOOL, Elsberry, MO
The one-half acre garden at Elsberry Middle School gives 310 students the opportunity to learn principles of ecology and conservation while experiencing the joys of planting, nurturing and harvesting their own garden projects.

LIZ CHRISTY BOWERY-HOUSTON GARDEN, New York, NY
Founded in 1973, the Liz Christy Bowery-Houston Garden was the first of New York City's community gardens. Today the garden features a pond, a beehive, a wildflower habitat and vegetable gardens that create a tranquil oasis in the midst of the city.

TABLE TO TABLE FOOD RESCUE ORGANIZATION, Iowa City, IA
The eight community gardens operated by Table to Table, located throughout Iowa City at schools, parks and at a food pantry, provide a fresh food source for those in need. The gardens provide an educational opportunity and create an atmosphere of community and stewardship.

MANHEIM CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL, Manheim, PA
The goal of the Manheim Central High School Agriculture Education program is to make all students aware of where their food and fiber comes from. Students grow vegetables and flowers and they learn about land management for wildlife.

Garden Editors/Writers:
For additional information about each Mantis Award-winning garden, including local contacts, call Randall D. Schultz at 505-822-8222 or send an email to schcomm@aol.com.



Randall D. Schultz
Schultz Communications
9412 Admiral Nimitz NE
Albuquerque, NM 87111
phone: 505-822-8222
schcomm@aol.com




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