BALTIMORE (AP) — A garden in Baltimore’s Cherry Hill neighborhood is one of more than 150 nationwide that are receiving grants to help bring fruits and vegetables to what federal agriculture officials say are “food deserts.”
Those are underserved areas that lack access to fresh and nutritious foods.
Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan is visiting Baltimore’s Eat Healthy, Live Healthy Urban Garden on Thursday to announce the grants, the first awards given under the People’s Garden program. In addition to Maryland, the grants totaling $725,000 are going to projects in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Michigan and Ohio.
The USDA says there are more than 1,400 People’s Gardens across the country in and in three U.S. territories and nine foreign countries.
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