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  • Aug 22, 2014 Puerto Rico’s First Lady Promotes Community Gardens, Starting with Her Backyard
  • Puerto Rico’s First Lady is a big fan of the home garden, and actually, the garden at the governor’s mansion, called La Fortaleza, is part of USDA’s national garden movement. First Lady Wilma Pastrana Jiménez’s garden was the first People’s Garden at a Puerto Rico state government facility and the third on the island. The [...]

  • Jul 29, 2014 What Are You Doing For National Farmers Market Week?
  • Every time I explore a farmers market I become a kid again. It brings back memories of snacking on sun-ripened figs from my backyard with dad or squeezing for perfectly ripe tomatoes at the neighborhood farm stand with mom. The existence, uniqueness and vibrancy of farmers markets can be a positive experience full of exploration [...]

  • Jul 09, 2014 Nevada Preschoolers ‘Dig in’ to Help Dedicate New People’s Garden
  • It’s never too early to start cultivating a “green thumb,” and a People’s Garden in Reno, Nev. is doing just that. Employees of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) recently created a new People’s Garden at their office in partnership with One World Children’s Academy, a preschool across the street [...]

  • Jun 20, 2014 People’s Garden in Illinois Provides Food, Sanctuary for Pollinators
  • What’s the buzz going on in Princeton, Ill.? A food fest for our pollinator friends, that’s what. This is a People’s Garden designed specifically for pollinators such as bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. The idea came to Ellen Starr, area biologist with the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, while walking her dog one day. “Populations of [...]

  • Jun 18, 2014 It’s National Pollinator Week: Bee with Us Friday for a Twitter Chat with Beekeepers & Join Us for the Fifth Pollinator Week Festival at USDA
  • How do pollinators affect your life? Well, if you’ve ever eaten a blueberry, chocolate bar or tomato, you can thank a pollinator. Pollinators are birds, bats, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, wasps, small mammals, and most importantly, bees. They are responsible for pollinating one out of every three bites of food we eat. But these invaluable [...]


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