Submitted by Kathy Beisner, Delaware USDA Rural Development Public Information Coordinator
Under bright, sunny Delaware skies, USDA Officials including Dave White, Chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Rural Development Deputy Under Secretary Cheryl Cook, and Michael Scuse, Deputy Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agriculture Services joined in a groundbreaking ceremony for America’s latest ‘People’s Garden.’
The new garden, in Dover, is located near the USDA State Office and is modeled after similar gardens established around the nation, including one on the grounds of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Jamie L. Whitten Building in Washington, D.C.
In addition to federal officials, representatives of the State, Cooperative Extension, the Ruth N. Dorsey Relief Shelter, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, and North Dover Elementary School participated in the event this morning. Among those assisting in planting the garden was teacher Susan Plucenik’s Second Grade Class from North Dover Elementary School. The garden is the 300th planted across the Nation so far. To learn more about the People’s Garden click here.
USDA Rural Development Deputy Under Secretary Cheryl Cook assists Celebrity Harmon. Dylan Caldwell gets assistance from USDA Rural Development State Director Jack Tarburton.
At the New Dover, Delaware People’s Garden: (Left to Right) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Cheryl L. Cook; Chief Dave White, Natural Resources Conservation Service; and Deputy Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Michael Scuse.