USDA is expanding its People’s Garden Initiative to include school gardens, community gardens, urban farms, and small-scale agriculture projects nationwide.

Regardless of the area, a project can be designated as a “People’s Garden” if it is registered on the USDA website and meets criteria including benefitting the community, working collaboratively, incorporating conservation practices and educating the public. Affiliate People’s Garden locations will be indicated on a map on the USDA website, featured in USDA communications, and provided with a People’s Garden sign.

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“We welcome gardens nationwide to join us in the People’s Garden effort and all it represents,” said Carlos Suarez, State Conservationist in California. “Local gardens across the country share USDA’s goals of building more diversified and resilient local food systems, empowering communities to come together around expanding access to healthy food, addressing climate change and advancing equity.”

To learn more about People’s Garden or to register one, visit the People’s Garden webpage at