FW: Mantis Award for Community Gardening
- Subject: [cg] FW: Mantis Award for Community Gardening
- From: "Sally McCabe" <email@example.com>
- Date: Mon, 1 Jul 2002 16:26:15 -0400
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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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
BEACH MASTER GARDENER ASSOCIATION, Virginia Beach, VA
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,
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
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
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.
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.
information about each Mantis Award-winning garden, including local contacts,
call Randall D. Schultz at 505-822-8222 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Randall D. Schultz
Albuquerque, NM 87111