The new and improving People's Garden
The department gave away seeds, but they hope they will grow into a new way of life. The department wants to encourage Americans to start their own eco-friendly garden."Shows what people can do with their own homes, if they have a small urban plot. You can actually build one of these container boxes and plant vegetables there," said Matt Arnn of the USDA.
In honor of Earth Day, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack declared the entire grounds at the USDA Jamie L. Whitten Building as 'The People's Garden' and unveiled plans to create a sustainable landscape on the grounds."USDA is an every day every way kind of department and this garden will help illustrate the many ways USDA works to provide a sustainable, safe and nutritious food supply as well as protect and preserve the landscape where that food is produced," said Vilsack. "The garden will help explain to the public how small things they can do at home, at their business or on their farm or ranch, can promote sustainability, conserve the nation's natural resources, and make America a leader in combating climate change."
When all is said and done, The People’s Garden “will include organic raised vegetable beds, organic transition plots, an organic urban container garden, an organic kitchen pollinator garden, rain gardens and a bat house.”