“People’s Garden inspiring a new wave of local gardening in US and abroad”

The People’s Garden and your organic gardening
AGRICULTURE SECRETARY VILSACK EXPANDS “THE PEOPLE’S GARDEN” TO PROMOTE HEALTHY FOOD, PEOPLE AND COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE NATION

In honor of Earth Day 2009, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack declared the entire grounds at the USDA Jamie L. Whitten Building as ‘The People’s Garden’ and unveiled plans to create a sustainable landscape on the grounds.

“USDA works to provide a sustainable, safe and nutritious food supply as well as protect and preserve the landscape where that food is produced,” said Vilsack. “The garden will help explain to the public how small things they can do at home, at their business or on their farm or ranch, can promote sustainability, conserve the nation’s natural resources, and make America a leader in combating climate change.”

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The People’s Garden is designed to provide a sampling of USDA’s efforts throughout the world as well as teach others how to nurture, maintain and protect a healthy landscape. If practiced, these garden concepts can be the general public’s, government’s, or business’ contribution to providing healthy food, air, and water for people and communities.

Looking for some free gardening advice? Has your well-intentioned ‘green thumb’ resulted in your garden looking a little brown? USDA has a cadre of volunteers who provide free gardening tips and research to answer your questions. Trained by USDA’s Cooperative Extension Service, Master Gardeners provide information in all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia.

To find a local Master Gardeners, visit
http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/!ut/p/_s.7_0_A/7_0_1OB?contentidonly=true&contentid=2009/04/0121.xml

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