Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack “The Peoples Garden” At USDA
(At 3:11 of the video above: “Bringing vegetable gardens in – the compost from the cafeterias will be used to fertilize, to grow vegetables, that can then be sold back at a local farmer’s market.)
From the USDA Press Release
February 12, 2009
This garden will add 612 square feet of planted space to an existing garden traditionally planted to ornamentals, bringing the total size to more than 2,500 square feet.
“The People’s Garden” represents forward-thinking ideas and actions.
• We’ll grow a large assortment of fruits and vegetables, symbolizing USDA’s commitment to promote healthful diets and fight childhood obesity.
• We’ll demonstrate for landowners the kind of conservation practices our farmers use each and every day.
• The garden will be tended by our local contractor “Melwood,” and by volunteer USDA employees on their own time.
• It will be sustainable. As part of our research program, we’re composting waste from our own cafeterias and recycling it back for use in the garden.
• The garden will serve our community. We’ll donate produce grown here to local food banks.
• And it will be organic-not using any fertilizers or pesticides.
In just a few minutes, and with a little help, I’ll be taking the first chips out of 1,250 square feet of asphalt right over here.