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Wife of Ag Secretary to Tour Library Garden

by ARLnow.com June 29, 2010 at 2:10 pm 1,292 5 Comments

The Arlington Central Library in Ballston has a thriving new organic vegetable garden that’s providing food to people in need via the Arlington Food Assistance Center. And now, the project’s early success has attracted the attention of community gardening advocate Christie Vilsack, wife of U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

Vilsack will tour the garden tomorrow morning with county board member Walter Tejada and library director Diane Kresh. During the tour of the garden’s crops, volunteers from the USDA Research Service will release spotted pink lady beetles into the garden to help control pests.

The tour will take place from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Afterward, Mrs. Vilsack and Mr. Tejada will visit a children’s storytime in the library.

  • Steven

    And what sort of over the top security measure will be in place?

    Gotta find a way to spend that new parking ticket revenue.

  • Mike

    So, has anyone ever seen a NON-organic vegetable garden?

    • Ken

      Yes and you probably have too without realizing it. Most gardens are likely “NON-organic” meaning they use pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, etc. Choosing to go organic means using other methods for pest control instead of pesticides, type of mulch for fertilization, etc.

  • Mike

    Oh, anyone else see the pic of Miss Va above the title and thinking the AG did all right?

  • You can see more here – we have video of the morning’s events:
    http://arlingtonvalib.blogspot.com/2010/07/our-vegetable-garden-gets-named-usda.html

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