NGA Articles: (NGM FEB 2009) Intergenerational Gardening Keeps You Active!

(NGM FEB 2009) Intergenerational Gardening Keeps You Active!

By: Michael Metallo

APRIL is National Garden Month®

National Gardening Association Announces:

INTERGENERATIONAL GARDENING KEEPS YOU ACTIVE!

Contact: Charlie Nardozzi
National Gardening Association
(800) 538-7476, ext. 105
Charlien@garden.org

So. Burlington, VT (February 13, 2009) – National Gardening Association NGA) wants you to dig into spring — National Garden Month® (NGM) 2009 is just two short months away! Our March storyline on Intergenerational Gardening builds enthusiasm for this month-long garden party each April.

Download the full story and a print-ready photo at www.garden.org/ngm.

Intergenerational Gardening

Gardening is an activity you can enjoy from childhood through retirement. While your gardening style may change over time, your love of gardening and plants probably won't. Sharing your wealth of knowledge and skills with young people is a great way to stay active and engaged while making a vital connection with young people.

″Intergenerational gardening has other benefits, too,″ says Charlie Nardozzi, NGA's senior horticulturalist. ″Young people learn how to grow their own food and flowers — a lifelong gift they can use to improve their quality of life at home and in the community.″ Adds Mike Metallo, NGA president, ″Young people glean wisdom from their elders and older gardeners get physical assistance that may keep them active longer. Everyone involved grows' valuable relationships as well as vegetables. Intergenerational gardening is a win-win activity for everyone!″

Here are some tips for creating and maintaining an intergenerational garden at home or in a public space such as a community garden.

Choose plants together---Empower your young friends by inviting them to choose plants they'd like to grow.

Develop a stockpile of fun ideas --- Always have an engaging activity or two in mind on garden workdays, so the entire time isn't spent on chores like weeding.

Eat from the garden --- Harvesting fresh vegetables is pure joy for kids. Be sure your young friends are there for the first tomato harvest and when it's time to dig the potatoes. Consider hosting a garden lunch or dinner that features the vegetables you grew and harvested together and invite your gardening friends to help prepare the meal.

For the complete article and to download a print-ready photo, visit www.garden.org/ngm.

About NGA

Headquartered in Vermont, the nonprofit National Gardening Association promotes gardening as a means to renew and sustain the essential connection between people, plants, and the environment.

For 35 years, we have been leaders in plant-based education and garden-industry research. Our programs are valued and praised by educators and communities across America, making us a strong partner. We offer the Web's largest and most respected library of online gardening resources. Though our strength is in youth gardening, our resources support gardeners of every age and ability. NGA acts as an interactive hub and provides a critical service to educators, supplying them with curriculum, publications, grants, awards, and professional development tools.

Every year NGA serves an estimated 178,000 educators and 10,000 school garden programs through grant programs, educational support materials, and other resources. Our programs have helped an estimated 1.3 million youngsters reap rewards and vital life lessons in schoolyard habitats and community gardens nationwide. With support from corporate sponsors, NGA has distributed more than $3,391,350 to youth garden projects throughout the United States, along with a wealth of free resource materials that empower educators, community leaders, and parents to teach young people effectively. Our primary communication vehicle is the Web and NGA owns one of the largest online repositories of ducational youth gardening content in the U.S.

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