U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Project Manager Leslie Burks harvests lettuce from The People's Garden at the Washington DC, on Thursday, March 17, 2011. Harvesting the largest leafs, allows the plant to continue to grow and can be harvested once a week. Volunteers pitch in several times a week, at various times of the day (before or after work hours, or during lunchtime) to weed, mulch, plant, water and what ever it takes to grow a wide variety of produce. Although a few are ornamental, most are destined for charity kitchens. Located on the corner of Jefferson Dr. SW and 12th St. SW, people often stop to ask questions about the garden. Part of the volunteersâ training is to be a spokes person for the People's Garden Initiative, an effort by the USDA that challenges its employees to establish People's Gardens at USDA facilities worldwide or help communities create gardens. People's Gardens vary in size and type, but all have a common purpose - to help the community they're within and the environment. USDA photo by Lance Cheung.
May 5, 2014
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