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Nov 16, 2010
Gardening is a gift – pass it on
George Ball Jr.  President of W. Atlee Burpee & Co.

Gardening is in our blood. Gardening brings us back to the earth, and more of us are choosing lifestyles that promote this connection to the environment. It enhances our physical and emotional wellbeing and strengthens the community outside our own backyards. In a world consumed by video games, the Internet, and an alarming rise in childhood obesity, it is more important than ever for us to pass on the gift of gardening to today’s youth.

School garden programs are changing the landscape of today’s communities. These programs serve to teach our children about natural lifecycles, how to create healthy, thriving environments, and how to have a responsible connection to the world around them. The 2011 “I Can Grow” Youth Garden Award program aims to give a voice to your community and school gardens, and therefore gives youngsters a valuable education and a sense of accomplishment through harvesting the fruits of their labor.

Please share your garden’s story, and we will help your garden flourish with up to 500 vegetable and herb plants, $2,500 in garden supplies, and more. Click here to learn more about how the “I Can Grow” Youth Garden Award program could help your community garden, and download the application. The postmarked deadline for applications is Friday, Dec. 3.

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