The Mantis Adopt a School Garden Program


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The Mantis Adopt a School Garden Program will award 10 schools in 2009.

So. Burlington, VT (January 12, 2009) – The National Gardening Association (NGA) is pleased to announce the 2009 Mantis Adopt a School Garden Program. Funded by a generous grant from Southampton, PA based Mantis, 10 schools in the Greater Philadelphia area will be selected to receive technical assistance, horticultural and garden education consultation, a $600 Adopt a School Garden® Kit and a Mantis Tiller/Cultivator or Mantis ComposT-Twin Composter to help lay the foundation for the garden program.

"Horticultural science feeds the curiosity in all of us,″ states Linda Beattie, Donations Coordinator at Mantis. ″Through a school gardening program, students will learn how flowers grow and where fruits and vegetables come from, but in reality these are valuable lessons in our ecosystem, the environment, our climate, chemistry, mathematics, physics, and much, much more. Gardening feeds the mind, body, and spirit unlike any other subject of study and we are excited to team up with the National Gardening Association in bringing these integral life-cycle lessons to schools in the tri-state area."

"Learning comes alive for students and teachers in a school garden. There is no subject that can't be taught in this dynamic, ever-changing, natural environment. From reading and language arts, to science, math, nutrition, cross-cultural understanding, and human rights exploration, everything is possible in this outdoor, hands-on laboratory," says Mike Metallo, president of National Gardening Association. "We are deeply grateful to Mantis for their many years of generous contributions and commitment to advancing school garden programs."

Elementary, middle, and high schools with outdoor garden programs located in the Greater Philadelphia area including Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Delaware are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to programs focusing on nutrition and sustainability. Applications must be postmarked by February 6, 2009, and award winners will be announced during the 2009 Philadelphia Flower show the first week of March. For full details and to download an application, please visit

About the Adopt a School Garden® Program

The National Gardening Association's flagship Adopt a School Garden program bridges the gap between schools lacking resources and people who have the ability to help. School garden programs boost achievement, cultivate life skills, contribute to healthy lifestyles, and connect kids with nature through hands-on learning. To learn more, visit

About the National Gardening Association

Founded in 1973, National Gardening Association (NGA) is a national nonprofit leader in plant-based education, respected for its award-winning, information-rich Web sites and newsletters; grants, curricula, and resources for youth gardens; and research for the lawn and garden industry. NGA's mission is to promote home, school, and community gardening as a means to renew and sustain the essential connection between people, plants, and the environment. To learn more about gardening with children, please visit

About Mantis

For more than 25 years Mantis has made gardening easier with its famous tiller/cultivators, dual-chamber composter, and many other gardener-friendly tools. Mantis products are available direct from the factory, through mailorder, and through more than 3,500 equipment dealerships nationwide.


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