Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has implemented a new policy in DC that he hopes to expand to USDA sites nationwide: Urban Gardens! Farmers broke ground on the People’s Garden in DC yesterday; a nod to Lincoln’s original conception of the Department of Agriculture.
Check out the People’s Garden.
In (potentially) even more exciting news, the USDA is piloting a project that allows, and even in some cases encourages farmers to grow “specialty products” (read: fruit and vegetables) on some land previously reserved for commodity production.
Here is the link to the USDA Press Release.