See what’s happening at the USDA’s National Headquarters Garden in Washington, D.C.
Visit our 17 urban hubs and hundreds of locations across the nation and beyond.
People’s Gardens grow fresh, healthy food and support a resilient, local food system; teach people how to garden using sustainable practices; and nurture habitat for pollinators and wildlife, and greenspace for neighbors to gather and enjoy. People’s Gardens all:
- Benefit the community by providing food, beautification, arts, wildlife habitat, education, green space, tree canopy, recreation, volunteer opportunities.
- Are a collaborative effort involving neighbors, co-workers, food pantries, master gardeners, conservation districts, USDA agencies, veterans, youth organizations, seniors, faith-based groups, or others.
- Incorporate sustainable practices such as rain barrels or micro-irrigation, composting, cover crops, pest management, bat houses or insect hotels, and/or native plants.
- Educate the public about sustainable practices and the benefit of local food systems through signage, classes, events, outreach materials, websites, and youth field trips.
Learn more about USDA assistance for urban farms and gardens.
- Get Involved with People’s Gardens
- Gardening Guidance
- Start your own urban farm or garden, food forest, or even in a container in a small space like a balcony.
- Check out our VegU videos for gardening tips and tricks.
- Learn about pollinators and honeybees, integrated pest management and native plants.
- Mulching and cover crops can help with soil health, the foundation of any garden.
- Food Access and Food Waste
All gardens located on federal property will donate food to local communities.
The People’s Garden for the People’s Department
The People’s Garden was named in honor of USDA’s founder, President Abraham Lincoln, who described USDA as “The People’s Department.” The first People’s Garden at USDA headquarters was started by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on February 12, 2009 – Lincoln’s 200th birthday.
"…the most valuable of all arts will be the art of deriving a comfortable subsistence from the smallest area of soil."
– Abraham Lincoln
Did You Know?
'Abraham Lincoln' is an heirloom variety of tomato named after the President in 1923 by the W. H. Buckbee seed company of Rockford, Illinois. It is one of the great tomato classics and excellent for making tomato juice, ketchup and slicing.