Community Gardens at all USDA Facilities

By Charlie Nardozzi

New research from the National Gardening Association shows there are more than 1 million community gardens in the United States and up to 3 million people would like to garden in a community garden if it were possible. Well, the USDA is making an effort to help out those would-be gardeners. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the goal of creating a community garden at every USDA facility worldwide. "The USDA community garden project will include a wide variety of garden activities including embassy window boxes, tree planting, and field office plots. The gardens will be designed to promote "going green" concepts, including landscaping and building design to retain water and reduce runoff; roof gardens for energy efficiency; utilizing native plantings; and using sound conservation practices," says Vilsack.

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