Schiller Grounds Care, Inc., manufacturer of equipment under the brand names of BOB-CAT, Bunton, Classen, Little Wonder, Mantis, Ryan and Steiner, and the National Gardening Association (NGA) have announced the winners of the 2012 Mantis Awards. The nationally recognized Mantis Awards for Community & Youth Gardens completes its 17th year having provided nearly 300 community and educational gardening groups with tillers to help establish and maintain their gardens.
Over 800 applications were received for the 2012 Mantis Awards from school programs, nonprofits and community gardens across the United States each demonstrating a passion and commitment to teaching the many benefits of gardens.
The 2012 winners were selected based on the creativity of their programs, the innovativeness of their approach, and the long-term sustainability of their plans.
Twenty-five outstanding applicants were selected to receive a Mantis Tiller this year in their choice of gas-powered two-cycle engine or electric motor valued at $349.
The 2012 Mantis Awards Winners:
1. Communities in Schools of Forsyth County, Walnut Cove, N.C.
2. Children’s Attention Home Charter School, Rock Hill, S.C.
3. Regional Environmental Council of Central MA (REC), Worcester, Mass.
4. City of Kingston, Kingston, N.Y.
5. Growing Together Giving Garden, Phoenix, Ariz.
6. Urban Ministries of Wake County, Raleigh, N.C.
7. Tempe Community Action Agency, Tempe, Ariz.
8. Palos Hills Resource and Rec. Dept., Palos Hills, Ill.
9. Public Health Fund, Inc., Tory, Mo.
10. Los Angeles County Community Development Foundation, Monterey Park, Calif.
11. Southern Trinity Joint USD, Bridgeville, Calif.
12. ECHO Housing Corp., Evansville, Ind.
13. Wattles Farm and Neighborhood Gardeners, Los Angeles, Calif.
14. DeVries Nature Conservancy, Owosso, Mich.
15. Aroostook Band of Micmacs, Presque Isle, Maine
16. Full Spectrum Farms, Inc., Cullowhee, N.C.
17. Boys and Girls Clubs of the Sioux Empire/Youth Enrichment Services, Sioux Falls, S.D.
18. Hali’imaile Community Garden, Kahului, Hawaii
19. Marshall School and Community Garden, Marshall, Ark.
20. Butte Communities Improvement Association, Arco, Idaho
21. Dahlonega School/Community Garden, Stilwell, Okla.
22. Gardendale Elementary Magnet School, Merritt Island, Fla.
23. Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC), Salida, Colo.
24. Coastal Women for Change, Biloxi, Miss.
25. Kennesaw State University Research and Service Foundation, Kennesaw, Ga.
The 18th Mantis Awards season is set to launch next month with applications accepted from June 2012 until March 1, 2013.
To learn about the Mantis Awards for Community & Youth Gardens and attain complete application criteria, visit www.garden.org or www.kidsgardening.com.