Mantis and the National Gardening Association Announce Winners of 2008 Mantis Awards

Rose Getch
National Gardening Association
(802) 863-5251, ext. 129

Linda Beattie
Mantis/Little Wonder
(215) 357-5110, ext. 1423

South Burlington, Vermont (May 7, 2008) – Mantis and the National Gardening Association (NGA) are pleased to announce the winners of the 2008 Mantis Awards for charitable and educational garden projects that enhance the quality of life in their host communities. Each year, NGA selects 25 outstanding applicants whose programs use gardens to restore neighborhoods, feed the needy, educate the public about nutrition and environmental issues, and provide safe and healthful outdoor havens for children. Mantis provides their hardworking tiller/cultivators to help them continue and expand their good work.

“We are always impressed with the vision, ingenuity, and dedication of the groups that apply for this award,” says Mantis Award Program Coordinator, Linda Beattie. “These are hardworking volunteer-run garden projects turning slim resources into bountiful gardens with far-reaching benefits, from increasing their community’s access to fresh nutritious foods to educating children about nature and the environment. We’re honored to be able to help them with a gift of a Mantis tiller/cultivator.”

The impact of winning a Mantis Award exceeds the value of the product, says John Harris, director of Knox County CAC Urban Agriculture Programs, a winner in 2007. “We’ve gotten many community awards over the years, but it was amazing how we could use that tagline – ‘receives national award’ – and we suddenly had credibility. We got in the newspapers four times because of that!”

NGA president Mike Metallo adds, “We’re proud to partner with Mantis on this award program. Their products are ideal for these community projects because they’re extremely durable and versatile. They are the ideal reward for the outstanding groups that receive the Mantis Awards – a kind of metaphor for the can-do attitude and commitment to the hard work that’s necessary to reach worthy goals.”

This year’s winning programs:

Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy, Flagstaff, AZ
Sunrise Drive Elementary School, Tucson, AZ
CHIME – Arnold Schwarzenegger Elementary, Woodland Hills, CA
Ruth Washburn Corporate Nursery School, Colorado Springs, CO
North End Action Team,Middletown, CT
Somerset Clovers 4-H Club, Murphysboro, IL
Harmony SchoolBloomington, IN
Community Gardens Greenhouse, Dracut, MA
Dartmouth YMCA, Dartmouth, MA
First Fruits Harvest Garden, Onaway, MI
Hip-Hop Health Meltdown Mondays, St. Louis, MO
Academy Heights Elementary School, Pinehurst, NC
Community Crops, Lincoln, NE
Sacred Heart School, Omaha, NE
University of New Hampshire Coop Extension, Goffstown, NH
Brotherhood/Sister Sol, New York, NY
East New York Farms!, Brooklyn, NY
Rotary First Harvest, Eagle Point, OR
Volunteer State Community College, Gallatin, TN
South Plains Food BankLubbock, TX
Appalachian Sustainable Development, Abingdon, VA
Virginia Living Museum, Newport News, VA
Intervale Center, Burlington, VT
Willowell Foundation, Vergennes, VT
Rock Forge Neighborhood House, Morgantown, WV

About the sponsors
For over 25 years Mantis has made gardening easier with their famous tiller/cultivators, dual-chamber composter, and many other gardener-friendly products. Mantis products are available direct from the factory, through mailorder, and are also available in more than 3,500 equipment dealerships nationwide. For more information about Mantis and its entire line of gardening products, please visit You may also contact Linda Beattie at (215) 357-5110, ext. 1423, or via e-mail at

Founded in 1973, the National Gardening Association is a national nonprofit leader in plant-based education, respected for its award-winning Web sites and newsletters, grants and curricula for youth gardens, and research for the lawn and garden industry. NGA’s mission is to advance the personal, community, and educational benefits of gardening by supporting gardeners and teachers with information and resources. To learn more, please visit

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