U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Secretary Stephen Censky recently signed a proclamation in recognition of April as National Garden Month.
USDA’s commitment to gardening has deep roots.This official proclamation celebrates the great American tradition of gardening at home, at school and in the community.
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Office of the Secretary
Washington, D.C. 20250
NATIONAL GARDEN MONTH
By the Deputy Secretary of Agriculture of the United States of America
WHEREAS gardening at home, at school, or within a community is a great American tradition that provides healthy food for the table; pleasant surroundings and recreational benefits for people; and beneficial habitat for wildlife across the Nation; and
WHEREAS gardens provide a positive setting for pollinators such as bats, bees, birds, butterflies, beetles, and other insects and animals that contribute substantially to the U.S. economy and play a vital role in keeping fruits, nuts, and vegetables in our diets; and
WHEREAS gardens serve as helpful models for uniting individuals and groups in a common effort to benefit communities; increase people’s access to fruits and vegetables; conserve water and restore soil health; beautify neighborhoods; provide living laboratories for scientific study; and offer hands-on training in valuable job skills;
NOW, THEREFORE, in recognition of the importance of gardens in fostering a healthy and vibrant America, I, Stephen L. Censky, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, do hereby proclaim April 2019 as National Garden Month. I call upon the people of the United States to join me in celebrating the dedicated work of gardeners and the many benefits of gardens with appropriate observances and activities.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, 1 have hereunto set my hand this 16th day of April 2019, the two-hundred forty-third year of the Independence of the U ited States of America.
STEPHEN L. CENSKY