Green Education Foundation (GEF) And Gardener's Supply Company Announce $5,000 Grant For Most Outstanding Youth Garden Project

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  • (1888PressRelease) July 22, 2010 - An exciting opportunity for established youth garden projects has been announced today by Green Education Foundation (GEF) and Gardener's Supply Company. The organizations have partnered on their mission to inspire efforts in youth gardening nationwide, and are calling on schools and youth groups to submit chronicles of their garden projects in the race to win a $5,000 prize.

    GEF, an environmental education non-profit, launched the Green Thumb Challenge in late 2009. The largest youth gardening initiative in history, the Green Thumb Challenge mobilizes a nation to plant 10,000 youth gardens in 2010. The initiative encourages schools and youth groups to integrate garden projects of any size into their programs. Standards-based lessons, activities and one-stop gardening resources are all provided on the website, The grant is available to registered Green Thumb Challenge participants only, but free registration additionally provides complete access to website resources, and a wide range of continued opportunities.

    "Starting and maintaining gardens with children provides meaningful hands-on learning opportunities and lays the foundation for healthy lifestyles," commented Victoria Waters, President of GEF. "With the generous support of Gardener's Supply Company, a school or youth organization that has demonstrated success in the youth gardening movement can be empowered to build on the momentum of their existing program."

    Grant submissions feature any combination of photos, written descriptions, video and digital portfolios of garden projects. To learn more, visit

    About Green Education Foundation
    Green Education Foundation (GEF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides environmental education resources for Pre K-12 classrooms and youth groups nationwide. GEF believes that what is healthy for the environment is healthy for kids, and promotes learning opportunities that develop sustainable habits of environmental stewardship in children and their communities. Visit

    About Gardener's Supply Co.
    Gardener's Supply was founded in 1983 by a handful of enthusiastic Vermont gardeners. Today, we serve millions of gardeners nationwide, offering everything from seedstarting supplies and garden furniture to flower supports and garden carts. Though our company has grown, we remain passionately committed to providing garden-tested, earth-friendly products that will help our customers have more fun and success in their gardens.

    PRESS CONTACT: Jessica Drench p: 888.668.2298 e: jdrench ( @ ) greeneducationfoundation dot org

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