80 volunteers at the US Department of Agriculture are lending their sweat and muscle to an organic garden created by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack along the National Mall, on the grounds of the agency’s headquarters.
Vilsack carved out the garden last year from an asphalt parking lot. He grabbed a jackhammer and challenged USDA facilities across the country to follow suit and create what he calls a People’s Garden.
All of the food grown at these gardens — 29,656 pounds last year — is donated to food pantries and soup kitchens.
(READ the story w/ photos at the Washington Post)