|Grant USDA Service Center employees join garden initiative—harvest will be donated|
The people’s garden initiative is an effort by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) which challenges its employees to establish People’s Gardens at USDA facilities worldwide or help communities create gardens. People’s Gardens vary in size and type, but all have a common purpose–to help the community they’re within and the environment.
Grant USDA Service Center employees all began taking part in this initiative in early May by planting a garden near the service center building which contains zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers, and melons. Produce that is harvested will be donated to the senior center for the community to enjoy.
Also growing in the garden are several pumpkin plants, which the employees hope to harvest with the help of local day care children in the fall. Employees taking part in the effort include: NRCS Staff-Claudia Stevenson and Patty Clough; FSA Staff-Deb Hutsell, Mary Karash, Penny Schrotberger, Bonnie Taubenheim, and Rita Wallin.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced in early June, that People’s Gardens now exist in all 50 states, two U.S. territories, and three foreign countries. To date, there are over 400 People’s Gardens across the country.
This is a significant milestone in the People’s Garden initiative since Secretary Vilsack broke ground one year ago at USDA headquarters in Washington, D.C.
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