NGA Articles: (NGM MAR 2009) 10 Ways to be Green

(NGM MAR 2009) 10 Ways to be Green

By: A. Cort Sinnes

April is National Garden Month® Celebrate with 10 Ways to be Green

Contact: Charlie Nardozzi
National Gardening Association
(800) 538-7476, ext. 115
Charlien@garden.org

So. Burlington, VT (March 13, 2009) – National Gardening Association (NGA) wants you to dig into spring — National Garden Month® (NGM) 2009 is just one short month away! Our April storyline on 10 Ways to be Green builds enthusiasm for this month-long garden party each April.

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

With a tough economy and concerns about global warming, the environment, health and wellness, and a host of other issues, April is the perfect time to kick off some new habits that address these issues, while making your lifestyle more active and your community stronger. By focusing on your own yard and neighborhood, there are a number of simple things you can do to green up your lifestyle and the planet, starting today!

Charlie Nardozzi, senior horticulturalist at NGA, gives readers some helpful tips to live a greener lifestyle in the latest National Garden Month article. "When the economy sours, people turn to the garden. Consider growing some vegetables this spring in your yard. A few tomatoes, squashes, and cucumbers can produce pounds of vegetables for your kitchen," says Nardozzi. "You'll get fresh air, exercise, and a host of other benefits and save on your grocery bill!"

"Gardening has a host of benefits," says Mike Metallo, president of NGA. "It is a vehicle to enjoying numerous social, environmental, and healthy living experiences. Read Charlie's tips, and you'll quickly realize that gardening can help you fulfill a number of personal objectives in the areas of community, wellness, and the environment."

Everyone can find a tip to adopt in 10 Ways to Be Green. Suggestions range from growing food in containers, to joining a community garden, planting native trees, beautifying your neighborhood, composting, mulching, building a rain garden, and using gardening to nurture friendships.

Visit NGA's www.nationalgardenmonth.org for more great ideas on how to participate in National Garden Month this April.

Research Tip

In 2008, the number of people growing vegetables increased 10 percent over previous years. The National Gardening Association (NGA) anticipates that number will increase by 20 percent in 2009. Home vegetable gardens average 600 square feet in size. NGA estimates that a garden of this size can generate, on average, more than $600 of organic produce. Multiplied by the number of food gardeners in the country (36 million households), NGA estimates that American food gardeners are producing more than 21.6 billion dollars of produce a year.

About NGA

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. 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 educational youth gardening content in the U.S.

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