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"I Can Grow" Youth Garden Award

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Any undertaking that combines teaching children about nutrition and gardening is always a-ok in my book. Burpee's "I Can Grow" program is one of those great ideas that helps foster a love of gardening and the environment in our nations youth. And the 2012 award season has just begun.


Any undertaking that combines teaching children about nutrition and gardening is always a-ok in my book. Burpee's "I Can Grow" program is one of those great ideas that helps foster a love of gardening and the environment in our nations youth. And the 2012 award season has just begun.

2012 marks the third year of Burpee's "I Can Grow" Youth Garden Award program, which continues to support urban school and community gardens in cities across the United States. Since it started, the program has provided 8,000 vegetable and herb plants to help create 16 gardens across the country.

"Our 'I Can Grow' program is literally planting seeds of inspiration for the next generation of gardeners," says George Ball, chairman and CEO of W. Atlee Burpee & Co. "We are delighted to include the new BOOST collection of high-nutrition vegetables and to see the communities we serve enjoy results that are healthy and delicious."

Teachers and community garden organizers can learn more and apply for the program at burpeehomegardens.com.


according to a recent press release, "Two grand-prize winners will be awarded up to 500 vegetable and herb plants, including the Burpee BOOST collection, and $2,500 in garden supplies. They also will receive on-site assistance for initial garden layout and installation from the experts at Burpee Home Gardens, 5 gallons of Daniels(R) Plant Food, one hose-end sprayer and a Flip Video(TM) camera to document the garden's progress throughout the year. In addition, three runner-up winners will receive 500 vegetable and herb plants, including the Burpee BOOST collection, 5 gallons of Daniels(R) Plant Food, one hose-end sprayer and a Flip Video camera."

Entries must be postmarked by Friday, Dec. 23, 2011. Winners will be announced no later than the week of Feb. 6, 2012.

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