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Mantis Award for Community and School Gardens Seeks Applicants

South Burlington, Vermont– Mantis and the National Gardening Association (NGA) are once again offering awards to charitable and educational garden projects that enhance the quality of life in their host communities.

Any organization that has or wishes to create a community or youth garden is eligible to apply. In Spring 2010, 25 of these programs will receive a Mantis Tiller/Cultivator with a border/edger attachment.

“Mantis is happy to continue its support of gardeners who are striving to improve their communities,” says Mantis Award Program Coordinator Linda Beattie. “We know that gardening is a powerful tool for change, but it’s always amazing to hear about the great impact that dedicated volunteers and innovative nonprofit agencies can make by bringing people together with the soil.”

NGA president Mike Metallo concurs. “The garden is an ideal context for building community, improving environmental quality, fighting hunger, and enacting social change in people of all ages. Mantis has been working with the NGA since 1995 and because of their generous support and their commitment to the communities they serve, 221 community and/or school gardens have benefited.”

To apply for the 2010 Mantis Awards, please visit . The application deadline is March 1, 2010. Winners will receive their Mantis Tiller/Cultivators by April 30, 2010.

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 mail order, and available in more than 3,500 equipment dealerships nationwide. For more information about Mantis and its entire line of gardening products, please visit .

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. We use gardening as a vehicle to enable social, environmental and education advancements. 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  or .


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