From YouTube: Newsmakers: Community Garden
News shows featuring people and events in Arlington, VA. In this segment, Christie Vilsack, wife of U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, visits Central Library's community garden.
Central libraries flourishing new organic vegetable garden got the VIP treatment recently as Christie Vilsack life of us agricultural Secretary, Tom Vilsack, and a strong supporter of community gardening came for a visit inspired by arlington public libraries. Recent arlington reads: 2010 initiative, which focused on food and sustainability. The garden is a cooperative effort by several area groups. It's.
A wonderful way to bring people together, Tom and I had the opportunity to help the first lady plant, her garden with children at the White House this year, and some of those children hadn't ever planted anything before in those teeny tiny little plants was such a wonderful opportunity to help the children do that, but also to get them outside and to help them understand the importance of fresh fruits and vegetables. What.
We're doing with this garden, which we call Arlington reads: Arlington grows because it's at the library is to show people what they can do here in the in in an urban setting with a small plot with a lot of different crops and we're going to continue to do this as the season goes on. We just got it in in late May. So really we missed a little the cool season, such as peas and so on.
Arlington food assistance center is one of the few food banks that I know of that can accept homegrown produce. So we started looking around for spots in the community where we could have a garden and have a water source, and things like that- and this came to be once it's harvested- the food will go to the Arlington food assistance center and be distributed to the clients there. You'll.
Of the community gardens are sharing them with people who don't have access to fresh fruits and vegetables. So that's what community is all about and I think it's really really important that we do it on a really elementary level. A lot of government is hard to understand, but this is something we can all do and it's going to benefit all of us and it's going to make us all feel better. If.