The 2011 Subaru Healthy Sprouts Award Announced!

By A. Cort Sinnes

The 2011 Subaru Healthy Sprouts Award


Michael Metallo
National Gardening Association
(800) 538-7476, ext.123
e-mail: [email protected]

Sandra Capell
Subaru of America, Inc.
[email protected]

So. Burlington, VT (July 25, 2011) The National Gardening Association (NGA) is pleased to announce the 2011 Subaru Healthy Sprouts Award Program. For the 2011 grant Subaru of America Inc. will generously provide award packages to fifty schools across the United States. Selected programs will receive NGA's Eat a Rainbow Kit, a literature package and $500 in materials and funding to lay the foundation for their garden program.

"The Subaru Healthy Sprouts Program is a wonderful extension of our focus on education and environmental programs for young people," stated Sandra Capell, Subaru of America community services manager. "It encourages children to get their hands dirty, helps them explore our natural world and see first-hand how their activities impact them and their community."

"Gardening experiences provide children with valuable opportunities to explore nature while gaining an understanding of the origins of their food", says Mike Metallo, president of the National Gardening Association. "Subaru recognizes that everyone has a responsibility to provide opportunities for young people to reconnect with the environment and contribute to healthy lifestyle choices. Working with NGA, it is Subaru's hope that these school gardening programs can help children understand where their food comes from, what impact their decisions have on the world's resources and on the world's ecosystems."

The Subaru Healthy Sprouts Award recognizes and supports youth gardening programs focused on teaching about our environment, nutrition and hunger issues in the United States. Through winning programs, youth will learn the skills necessary to maintain a healthy lifestyle compatible with environmental stewardship and gain an understanding of how their actions can positively impact the well being of their community.

Applications must be completed and submitted by October 1th, 2011, and award winners will be announced by November 30, 2011. For full details and to complete an application, please 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 Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 600 dealers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. For additional information visit

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