National Gardening Association
(800) 538-7476, ext. 129
Robert C. LaGasse
Hydroponic Merchants Association
NATIONAL GARDENING ASSOCIATION AND HYDROPONIC MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION JOIN FORCES TO CREATE THE FIRST HOOKED ON HYDROPONICS AWARDS
South Burlington, VT (May 17, 2004) ? The National Gardening Association (NGA) is pleased to join the Hydroponic Merchants Association and leading companies from the hydroponic gardening industry to present the first annual HOOKED ON HYDROPONICS AWARDS.
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. Retail value of awards ranges from $425 to $1,425. For specifics on each of the packages, visit www.kidsgardening.com/grants.asp.
Hydroponics is a method of growing plants without soil 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. 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 www.hydromerchants.org.
Who should apply: Public and private schools throughout the United States are eligible. Applicants must plan to garden in 2004/05 school year, with at least 15 children between the ages of 5 and 18 years. Award categories will be Elementary Schools (ages 5 - 12), Middle Schools (ages 13 - 15), and High Schools (ages 15 - 18).
Deadline: Applications must be postmarked and mailed no later than August 1, 2004.
HMA member companies contributing to this program include: American Hydroponics, Inc., American Agritech, Inc., Hydrofarm, Inc., General Hydroponics, Inc., Sunleaves Garden Products, and Sunlight Supply, Inc. NGA promotes garden-based education. To learn more about NGA and its grant programs, including the HOOKED ON HYDROPONICS AWARDS, visit www.kidsgardening.com or www.garden.org.