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 Growing a Healthier You

Nutrition from the Farm to Your Table

Gardening — From Pots to Plots
Have you wanted to plant a garden? From pots to plots, gardens come in all sizes.
Gardening thumbnail image The Let’s Move! Gardening Guide website can help you learn more about gardening. There is information about kitchen, school, and community gardens, as well as information about spring and winter gardening.
Your Garden, Your Produce, Your Menus
Use the SuperTracker to take advantage of all the “Colors” of the MyPlate food guide.
SuperTracker thumbnail image You have apples, blueberries, raspberries, and bananas. You just brought in some cabbage, carrots, and white potatoes. Then, let’s not forget the yellow tomatoes and herbs. Use the SuperTracker as an “assistant” to help grow a healthier you and healthier family.
Find a Farmers Market
Use the Farmers Market Search tool to find current listings of farmers markets throughout the United States.
farmers markets logo Farmers markets allow consumers to have access to locally grown, farm-fresh produce, and enables farmers the opportunity to develop a personal relationship with their customers. You can search the database to find one of the many farmers markets around the country.
Look for the USDA Organic Seal
When shopping, look for the USDA Organic seal. It assures you that the agricultural products marketed as organic meet strict standards.
USDA Organic Program logo Organic crops are raised without using most conventional pesticides or petroleum-based fertilizer. Animals raised on an organic farm must be fed organic feed. They are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. For more information, visit the USDA National Organic Program's website.
What’s for Dinner (or Breakfast or Lunch)?
Use the Recipe Finder to Vary How Fruits and Vegetables are Used in Your Meals.
picture of delicious and healthy vegetables Squash. Okra. Corn. Bell peppers. Other fruits and vegetables... You love them, you have an abundance, and you need some ideas on how to use them in different ways. Use the Recipe Finder to find ways to prepare your bounty. The  ChooseMyPlate website also has many recipes.

From Garden to Plate, Safety Matters

Use safe practices to keep foods wholesome for you and your family.
fruits and vegetables When food is grown, processed, and prepared safely, everyone benefits. A host of Federal agencies share the responsibility for food safety. Food safety is key to delivering wholesome food to the plate. Use as your gateway to information about safe food handling practices.

Last Modified: September 04, 2013 03:40 PM


  Grow It, Try It, Like It! Preschool Fun with Fruits and Vegetables is a garden-themed nutrition education kit for child care center staff. The kit introduces children to peaches, strawberries, cantaloupe, spinach, sweet potatoes, and crookneck squash.

Plant Hardiness Zone Map — “The 2012 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is the standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a location.”

Easy Gardening Fact Sheets for Vegetables — Texas A&M’s AgriLife Extension provides a variety of information on garden produce—from artichokes to turnips.

Easy Gardening Fact Sheets for Fruits and Nuts — Check out this factsheets about fruits and nuts. Varieties, root stock selection, site selection, gardening tips, and other topics are covered.

Safe Handling of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables — Follow these tips when handling fresh fruits and vegetables to protect yourself and your family. Then enjoy your fresh produce and fresh-squeezed fruit and vegetable juices.


Know Your Farmer

USDA's People's Garden

White House Garden