National Gardening Association Launches Adopt a School Garden? Program

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

South Burlington, VT (September 9, 2005) - The National Gardening Association (NGA) is pleased to announce the first of many ways for individuals, families, groups, and businesses from one-person home-grown entrepreneurs to multi-billion dollar corporations to change the face of education and nutrition in schools across the country.

Adopt a School Garden? Program
NGA's Adopt a School Garden? (ASG) program bridges the gap between schools lacking resources to implement plant-based education programs and people who have the ability to help. NGA will identify schools that are good candidates for programs, mentor educators and volunteers, and provide resources to ensure program sustainability.

National Scope, Local Emphasis
The fuel that powers ASG is you, the individual, the family, the corporate executive. Together with NGA, you can make a real difference in the lives of children throughout the country. As a donor, you may designate funds for specific schools, districts, or community groups, or you can let NGA choose a school in need. Twenty-five percent of your donation is reserved by NGA to provide support services to recipient schools and to ensure the ongoing sustainability of this program.

Why Give Through this Program
This is a self-sustaining program managed by the National Gardening Association. When you make a donation through NGA, our program manager contacts your school of choice and helps to develop a customized plan for using your donation. This plan may include one or more elements (depending on the size of your gift), such as identification of specific products to maximize the school's gardening program, curricula recommendations or creation of customized curricula, professional development programs, or more. To provide these unique support services and ensure the ongoing sustainability of the program we reserve 25 percent of your donation; the balance goes directly to the school of your choice.

National Gardening Association
The National Gardening Association (NGA), founded in 1972, is a national nonprofit leader in plant-based education. Our mission is to promote gardening as a means to renew and sustain the essential connection between people, plants, and the environment. To fulfill this mission we offer publications and programs focused on five core areas: youth education, health and wellness, environmental stewardship, community development, and home gardening. For more information, visit Look for the Adopt a School Garden? banner and join the wave of people across the country trying one person, one company at a time to help our nation's children grow healthier.

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