Growing a Healthier You
Nutrition from the Farm to Your Table
The People's Garden -- The People’s Garden is a USDA initiative which challenges employees to create gardens at USDA facilities. It has grown into a collaborative effort of local and national organizations who, through more than 222,000 volunteer hours, have established more than 2,100 community and school gardens across the country. To learn more about The People’s Garden and to join the movement, visit The People's Garden.
Find a Farmers Market -- Farmers markets allow consumers to have access to locally grown, farm-fresh produce, and enables farmers the opportunity to develop a personal relationship with their customers. You can search the database to find one of the many farmers markets around the country.
Look for the USDA Organic Seal -- When shopping, look for the USDA Organic seal. It assures you that the agricultural products marketed as organic meet strict standards. Organic crops are raised without using most conventional pesticides or petroleum-based fertilizer. Animals raised on an organic farm must be fed organic feed. They are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. For more information, visit the USDA National Organic Program's website.
From Garden to Plate, Safety Matters -- When food is grown, processed, and prepared safely, everyone benefits. A host of Federal agencies share the responsibility for food safety. Food safety is key to delivering wholesome food to the plate. Use FoodSafety.gov as your gateway to information about safe food handling practices.