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First Community Garden Opens in Dunwoody

Dunwoody Community Garden signThe first community garden in the newest city in the United States, founded in 2008, celebrated its grand opening during National Community Gardening Week. Read more »

Community Gardens Grow Strong Bodies and Minds

Community gardens are unique microcosms where people can learn about the science behind growing plants and provide an environment that cultivates social responsibility. Read more »

Secretary Vilsack proclaims National Community Gardening Week

This week is National Community Gardening Week and USDA encourages you to do you part and connect with your community through gardening. Read more »

Hummingbirds and gazpacho in the People’s Garden

Today in the People’s Garden, USDA volunteers hosted another Healthy Garden Workshop — and visitors were once again able to sample a dish created entirely from garden-grown foods in the Chef’s Garden. The events will continue all summer here in Washington, but you can also check out some video from this afternoon:

A volunteer from the Natural Resources Conservation Service leads the Healthy Garden Workshop, on attracting wildlife to the garden — in this segment of the presentation, he’s outlining how to attract hummingbirds.

Chefs from the USDA cafeteria hand out samples of gazpacho, prepared entirely from garden grown ingredients.

Be sure to check out the People’s Garden Twitter feed, and we’ll also be posting these and other videos on the USDA Facebook page.

Rural Tour fostering a nationwide discussion on rural issues

Since the first event in June, we’ve been excited to see the Rural Tour generating really thoughtful conversation and debate on the issues facing rural America. At town hall forums across the nation, Secretary Vilsack and his counterparts across the government have met with large, sometimes overflow, crowds. They’ve been able to answer questions and engage in productive debate on the best ways to help rural America. Read more »

Secretaries Vilsack and Duncan participate in food packaging event to promote “United We Serve”

On Monday, August 17, Secretary Vilsack joined Secretary of Education Arne Duncan for a Rural Tour event in Hamlet, North Carolina. While they were there, the Secretaries had the opportunity to participate in a meal packaging service project at Richmond Community College to promote President Obama’s United We Serve summer volunteerism initiative. The event was coordinated by Stop Hunger Now, a Raleigh-based non-profit organization that has hosted similar events at area colleges, including North Carolina State, the University of North Carolina, NC Central and others. Read more »