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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack addresses Frederick Douglass High School students, faculty, and agriculture partners shortly before visiting to the school's new community garden in Baltimore, Md., on Friday, April 29, 2016. While there he unveils a new USDA resource to help urban agriculture entrepreneurs begin, grow and sustain urban farming businesses. Secretary Vilsack is joined by Chair of President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Task Force, Broderick Johnson, and The Shaw Bijou restaurant owner in Washington, D.C. and celebrity chef Kwame Onwuachi. By expanding access to nutritious foods and increasing awareness about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, urban farms are making a real difference in the lives of many, while promising a brighter, healthier future for the next generation. Urban agriculture is also bringing new, younger producers to the marketplace. Diverse communities across the country are seeing results with increased access to healthy, local foods, reduced crime, and the development of new opportunities in employment and education. Since 2009, USDA has invested more than $19 billion in Maryland through economic development initiatives, nutrition programs, conservation efforts, food and agricultural research at Maryland’s colleges and universities, and through farming and ranching activities. Across the country, USDA is investing in urban and rural agriculture alike to spur local and regional food production. Between 2009 and 2015, USDA has invested over $1 billion in more than 40,000 local and regional food businesses and infrastructure projects to drive job growth increase entrepreneurship and expand food access and choice. @USDA www.usda.gov USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack addresses Frederick Douglass High School students, faculty, and agriculture partners shortly before visiting to the school's new community garden in Baltimore, Md., on Friday, April 29, 2016.

While in Baltimore to highlight urban agriculture opportunities, Agriculture Secretary Vilsack had occasion to meet with Us! Later that day he was seen to be sportin' Our spiffy logo.

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack addresses Frederick Douglass High School students, faculty, and agriculture partners shortly before visiting to the school's new community garden in Baltimore, Md., on Friday, April 29, 2016. While there he unveils a new USDA resource to help urban agriculture entrepreneurs begin, grow and sustain urban farming businesses. Secretary Vilsack is joined by Chair of President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Task Force, Broderick Johnson, and The Shaw Bijou restaurant owner in Washington, D.C. and celebrity chef Kwame Onwuachi. By expanding access to nutritious foods and increasing awareness about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, urban farms are making a real difference in the lives of many, while promising a brighter, healthier future for the next generation. Urban agriculture is also bringing new, younger producers to the marketplace. Diverse communities across the country are seeing results with increased access to healthy, local foods, reduced crime, and the development of new opportunities in employment and education. Since 2009, USDA has invested more than $19 billion in Maryland through economic development initiatives, nutrition programs, conservation efforts, food and agricultural research at Maryland’s colleges and universities, and through farming and ranching activities. Across the country, USDA is investing in urban and rural agriculture alike to spur local and regional food production. Between 2009 and 2015, USDA has invested over $1 billion in more than 40,000 local and regional food businesses and infrastructure projects to drive job growth increase entrepreneurship and expand food access and choice. @USDA www.usda.gov USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.

 @USDA www.usda.gov USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.

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