Press Release: NGA and Hydroponic Merchants Association Announce Hooked on Hydroponics Award Winners

Rose Getch
National Gardening Association
(800) 538-7476, ext. 129

Robert C. LaGasse
Hydroponic Merchants Association
(703) 392-5890


South Burlington, VT (November 17, 2004) - The National Gardening Association (NGA) is delighted to join the Hydroponic Merchants Association and leading companies from the hydroponic gardening industry to present the first annual HOOKED ON HYDROPONICS AWARDS. "We are very pleased to present these awards to twelve schools throughout the country. The applications were creative and inspiring. They demonstrated a commitment to engaging youth in innovative educational experiences, and introducing them to the many wonders of gardening and plants," says Cynthia Klemmer, Ph.D., Director of Education and Development for the National Gardening Association.

Six elementary schools, four middle schools, and two high schools will each receive a hydroponic package that fits its classroom space and includes everything required to grow plants successfully indoors.

The following elementary schools each received hydroponic systems, lights and accessories: Lakewood Elementary in Pheonix City, AL; Rand School in Montclair, NJ; Sylvan Rodriguez Elementary, Houston, TX; Eisenhower Elementary, Joliet, IL; Effie Bennett-Powe Child Development Center/SUNY, Cobleskill, NY; and Harvard Elementary, Harvard, MA. Retail value of the packages ranged from $425 to $470.

In the middle school category, winners were: Bedford Middle, Bedford, PA; Central Catholic Jr./Sr. High School, Lafayette, IN; PS 63, Bronx, NY; and Greenbrier Intermediate, Chesapeake, VA. The retail value of the packages ranged from $900 to $1155.

In the high school category, winners were: North Miami Beach Senior High School/BEAM, North Miami Beach, FL and Nauset Regional High School, North Eastham, MA. The retail value of these hydroponic growing system award packages ranged from $800 to $1425.

Hydroponics is a method of growing plants in water containing dissolved nutrients. The Hydroponic Merchants Association (HMA) is an association of retailers, distributors and manufacturers that provide hydroponic gardening equipment, supplies and information for home gardeners and educators. The HMA promotes using clean, efficient and environmentally responsible hydroponic cultivation as a way to bring indoor, patio, and hobby greenhouse gardening to the public. Local HMA member retailers are the best resource for educating the public and policymakers about the many benefits of hydroponic gardening. To find a retailer that features hydroponic gardening in your area, visit HMA member companies contributing to this award program include: American Hydroponics, Inc., American Agritech, Inc., Futuregarden, General Hydroponics, Inc., Green Air, Home Harvest, Hydrofarm, Inc., Sunleaves Garden Products, and Sunlight Supply, Inc.

The nonprofit National Gardening Association (NGA), is a leader in plant-based education. NGA's mission is to promote gardening as a means to renew and sustain the essential connection among people, plants, and the environment. To fulfill this mission, NGA builds programs and initiatives focusing on five core areas: youth education, health and wellness, environmental stewardship, community development, and responsible home gardening. To learn more about NGA and its other grant and award programs, including the HOOKED ON HYDROPONICS AWARDS, visit

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