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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 »

USDA Recovery Act Broadband Funding to Provide Broadband Service to South Dakota Towns

USDA Rural Utilities Administrator Jonathan Adelstein was a guest speaker earlier this week at the South Dakota Association of Telephone Cooperatives 2010 Annual Meeting and Conference.  Adelstein spoke to a crowd of over 150 telephone cooperative managers and representatives on USDA Rural Development’s strong support towards improving rural telecommunications and broadband. Read more »

A New Beginning: Groundbreaking For A New Swan’s Island Library in Maine-Funded through USDA and the Recovery Act

Little groundbreakers Meri Rainford and Morgan Matthews.

Little groundbreakers Meri Rainford and Morgan Matthews.

It isn’t every day you celebrate a groundbreaking on an island 6 miles off the Maine coast- but that is just what I did last week along with United States Senator Susan Collins and other officials in order to mark the beginning of construction on the new Swan’s Island Library. Read more »

Missouri FSA Prepares College Student for Future in Cattle Business

Tyler Brune’s work ethic not only allowed him to help his father maintain cattle, but also allowed him to build his own herd while studying full-time at Southeast Missouri State University.

Tyler Brune’s work ethic not only allowed him to help his father maintain cattle, but also allowed him to build his own herd while studying full-time at Southeast Missouri State University.

Tyler Brune, of Sedgewickville, Mo., dreams of being a farmer some day, and Missouri Farm Service Agency (FSA) is helping to make his dream a reality through the Farm Loan Program and the America Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act). Read more »

Afghan Farmers Turning Mines to Vines

Convincing Afghan grape growers to cut off 11 of the 13 canes on each grape vine was not an easy task for Afghan extension agents in the Roots of Peace organization. This process, known as trellising, ultimately leads to bigger, healthier grapes, as the farmers soon learned. In its first year implementing this Food for Progress (FFPr) program, Roots of Peace convinced 18 farmers to utilize their technical assistance. After this, participation in the program took little convincing: 180 farmers sought their help in the second year, and over 3000 are signed up for this year. Read more »