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The Recovery Act in Your Community: Aiding Agricultural Independence & Improving Environmental Health

Northern Kagman Peninsula and Lau Lau Bay—part of the Kagman Watershed on Saipan. Saipan, an island between the Pacific and Philippine Seas, is part of the U.S.

Northern Kagman Peninsula and Lau Lau Bay—part of the Kagman Watershed on Saipan. Saipan, an island between the Pacific and Philippine Seas, is part of the U.S.

Islands often have to import many basic necessities and Saipan, in the Northern Mariana Islands, is no exception. That’s why the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Kagman Watershed Project is so important to the island. Read more »

USDA Seeks Tribal Input on Farm Bill Rules

 Rural Development Native American Coordinator Tedd Buelow addresses participants at the Tribal Consultation held in Billings, Mont.

Rural Development Native American Coordinator Tedd Buelow addresses participants at the Tribal Consultation held in Billings, Mont.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have made a renewed commitment to investment and outreach in Indian reservations. As the USDA works to implement legislation within the 2008 Farm Bill, department officials have met with tribal nations across the country to gather feedback on ways to implement certain sections of the Farm Bill specifically relevant to Indian country. Read more »

USDA Rural Development and Recovery Act Funding Finance Industrial Park Improvements and Create Jobs in Southeast Kansas

Ribbon Cutting:  Left to right: Robert O’Kelly, Mayor of Parsons, Kansas; Deb Miller, Kansas Secretary of Transportation; Patty Clark, State Director, USDA Rural Development; Carolyn Kennett, Economic Development Director for City Parsons; Fred Gress, Parsons City Manager

Ribbon Cutting: Left to right: Robert O’Kelly, Mayor of Parsons, Kansas; Deb Miller, Kansas Secretary of Transportation; Patty Clark, State Director, USDA Rural Development; Carolyn Kennett, Economic Development Director for City Parsons; Fred Gress, Parsons City Manager

Earlier this week, USDA Rural Development staff  joined the Kansas Department of Transportation and the City of Parsons, to celebrate the official opening of Giefer Drive and Tolen Creek Industrial Park as well as the completion of the US 59 Recovery Act Highway Project. Read more »

Just What the Doctor Ordered

The launch of a Fruit and Veggie Rx program in Portland, Maine is a promising health initiative led by the nonprofit Wholesome Wave. The program focuses on Somali refugee women at extremely high risk for diabetes as they transition to healthful diets.

The launch of a Fruit and Veggie Rx program in Portland, Maine is a promising health initiative led by the nonprofit Wholesome Wave. The program focuses on Somali refugee women at extremely high risk for diabetes as they transition to healthful diets.

Cross-Posted from the Know Your Farmer Know Your Food Blog

I recently participated in the launch of a Fruit and Veggie Rx program in Portland, Maine.  It is a promising health initiative, led by the nonprofit Wholesome Wave, that allows physicians to track the overall well-being of at-risk patients after prescribing more fruits and vegetables to family diets.  In Portland, the pilot will focus on Somali refugee women at extremely high risk for diabetes as they transition to healthful diets. The initiative is a good example of partners working together to encourage and support efforts to address both hunger and obesity in our communities.  Farmers markets can and are playing a key role in this effort. Read more »

People’s Garden School Pilot Program

Cross-Posted from the Know Your Farmer Know Your Food Blog

Anyone ever tell you that if you ate peas a vine would grow in your stomach? Or that broccoli is just a miniature tree?  Well the Food and Nutrition Service and the People’s Garden would like to help kids set the record straight.

We are announcing a $1 million pilot program to develop community gardens at schools across the country.  We want to teach students about healthy eating while providing their schools, families, and communities with some extra produce.  This program is also about teaching kids that food doesn’t come from a grocery store or a cafeteria – it comes from healthy soil, hard work, and an understanding of plants and animals.

If you think that your school and community may be interested in a community garden, and you’re not sure whether a tomato is a fruit or a vegetable, click here for more information about the program.  Don’t forget – applications are due October 8th!

B.H. Macon Elementary School Gets a Lesson in Gardening

SWR FNS employees (left to right) Patricia Mancha, Edward Mekeel and Lupe Gomez clear out gardening plots in B.H. Macon Elementary School’s People’s Garden.

SWR FNS employees (left to right) Patricia Mancha, Edward Mekeel and Lupe Gomez clear out gardening plots in B.H. Macon Elementary School’s People’s Garden.

It’s that time of year again. As summer begins to wind down (though you couldn’t tell by the Texas heat), parents are preparing for their children’s eventual return to school. As we all shift gears back into the school year, we at FNS remember our many partnerships throughout the region, especially those within the Dallas Independent School District. One in particular I’ve had the pleasure to take part in is the People’s Garden at B.H. Macon Elementary in South Dallas. Read more »