Announcing the Winners of the 2006 Hooked on Hydroponics Awards

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

Charlie Watson
The Grow Store
(888) 510-0350

South Burlington, VT (January 29, 2007) - The National Gardening Association (NGA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2006 Hooked on Hydroponics Awards, sponsored by The Grow Store in conjunction with the Progressive Gardening Trade Association (PGTA). Thanks to the generosity of these retailers and manufacturers, 14 schools across the country now have hydroponics equipment for use in educational projects that enrich the entire curriculum. Hydroponics is a method of growing plants in water containing dissolved nutrients.

"The creativity and innovation expressed in this year's applications is impressive," says Mike Metallo, president of NGA. "These educators are clearly committed to giving their students learning experiences that have real relevance, whether they are modeling a space-station food garden, investigating plants' response to environmental changes, or launching a plant-based business."

Congratulations to the six elementary schools, five middle schools, and three high schools that received hydroponics equipment packages. The retail value of these systems ranges from $800 to $1425. Here are the winners in each category:

High Schools: Valley High School, Albuquerque, NM; Nancy B. Jefferson School, Chicago, IL; and The Frederick Douglas Academy, New York, NY.

Middle Schools: Discovery Charter School, San Jose, CA; Casey Middle School, Boulder, CO; Stadium School, Baltimore, MD; Harmony Community School, Cincinnati, OH; Key Peninsula Middle School, Lakebay, WA.

Elementary Schools: Blossomwood Elementary School, Huntsville, AL; Hampstead Hill Academy, Baltimore, MD; Milton Cooper Elementary School, Houston, TX; Poinciana Elementary School, Boynton Beach, FL; Obee Elementary School, Hutchinson, KS; and D.C. Reeves Elementary School, Ponchatoula, LA.

About The Grow Store
The Grow Store provides hydroponics supplies and expertise to customers via their online store and Colorado retail locations. The company is passionate about the technology and sharing its benefits with students and the general public. Visit them online at

About PGTA
The Progressive Gardening Trade Association is focused on the implementation of progressive gardening techniques into the mainstream gardening community via trade representation and education. PGTA member companies contributing to this award program include: American Hydroponics, Inc., American Agritech, Inc., General Hydroponics, Inc., Hydrofarm, Inc., Sunleaves Garden Products, and Sunlight Supply, Inc. Visit the association's Web site here.

About NGA
For more than 30 years, the National Gardening Association has been working to renew and sustain the essential connection between people, plants, and the environment. As a nonprofit leader in plant-based education, NGA's programs highlight and support learning in schools, communities, and backyards. In addition, NGA focus on four other core areas: health and wellness, environmental stewardship, community development, and responsible home gardening. For more information, visit

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