Award will recognize youth garden program and support its sustainability as part of national contest

Online PR News – 22-July-2010 – – July 20, 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