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Federal Advisory Committee

Congratulations to the newest members of the Federal Advisory Committee for Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production:

  • Ted Fang, Executive Director, Florence Fang Community Farm, San Francisco, CA. 
  • Qiana Mickie, Executive Director, NYC Mayor’s Office of Urban Agriculture, New York, NY. 
  • Jeffrey Young, Director of Urban Extension, University of Kentucky, Shepherdsville, KY. 
  • Kate Greenberg, Commissioner of Agriculture, Colorado Department of Agriculture, Denver, CO.

NRCS Chief Terry Cosby welcomes the new members and is “excited to learn from their fresh perspectives and to keep the momentum going” in 2024.

The next public meeting of the Advisory Committee will be Jan. 31, 2 PM – 3 PM EST. The public may attend via Zoom with advance registration. The final agenda will be posted on the Federal Advisory Committee website and comments will be accepted via Federal Register Notice. Email UrbanAgricultureFederalAdvisoryCommittee@usda.gov with any questions.

USDA Highlights

NYC Roundtable


People’s Garden Initiative



Though it was cold and snowy in Washington, D.C., garden managers and volunteers worked in the USDA Headquarters People’s Garden to plant garlic and crocuses. These hardy bulbs will remain dormant through winter and sprout in early spring bringing yummy garlic-scapes and beautiful blooms.

Xerces Society Conservation Spotlight

U School


The People’s Garden is partnering with The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation to expand pollinator and beneficial insect outreach and education to gardens nationwide. High school students and faculty of Philadelphia’s U School de-paved a parking lot to expand their food garden and to plant native plants for pollinators. Read more about this project on the Xerces Blog.

If you are interested in planting habitat this year, now is a great time to start planning. Check out Xerces’ Organic Site Prep Guide for methods that might work for you.

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