Food Diplomacy

 

The United States is promoting community gardening to enhance global relations. The U.S. Department of Agriculture promotes community gardens around the world by providing skilled agronomists and master gardeners to local communities.  This You Tube video discusses rooftop gardens and community vegetable gardens.

Some  gardens are hands-on projects in the U.S.A. like the people’s garden on the grounds of the White House or the garden on the National Mall.

 And other gardens are established in foreign countries through U.S. Embassy liaison with the Department of Agriculture.

Seoul’s People’s Garden initiative is growing well.   On Saturday April 10th,  a celebration of the 2010 People’s Garden project at the Ambassador’s residence attracted more than 150 Korean and American volunteers including 61 children.  

Volunteers celebrated spring in Seoul by digging in the earth and planting dozens of vegetable and flower seedlings.  After the planting spree volunteers ate grilled hot dogs and hamburgers. 

By the harvest celebration later this year they’ll feast on grilled vegetables produced in the garden.

The Washington Post reported on the garden created U.S. Embassy in Seoul.

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