THMS Healthy Greens Initiative picked for national award

BELFAST (March 9): The Troy Howard Middle School Healthy Greens Initiative was selected from more than 650 youth gardening programs nationwide to earn a 2007 Youth Garden Grant from the National Gardening Association in South Burlington, Vermont.

This awarding-winning youth gardening program will receive an assortment of books donated by the National Gardening Association, and a $250 gift card and plaque from Home Depot, which recognizes that today's youth are the future of American gardening.

Garden Project teachers were specifically recognized for their individualized and accelerated approach to middle school math, economic and technology education in the project: The Healthy Greens Initiative. Their unique approach to teaching small business skills and essential math concepts within an agricultural setting has been modeled in other schools, featured on school gardening websites and in two curriculum manuals.

"The National Gardening Association is proud to support this terrific kid's garden" said president Michael Metallo. "This program was selected because of a demonstrated commitment to actively and creatively engaging youth in the gardening process and to improving the community. We were able see from their vast outreach efforts and forward thinking that the garden program will be sustained for years to come."

For more information about the National Gardening Association or the Youth Garden Grants Program, contact: National Gardening Association, 1100 Dorset St., South Burlington, VT 05403; (800) 538-7476;

Learn more about the THMS Garden Project at