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The U.S. Agriculture secretary has declared Aug. 3-9 National Farmers Market Week.

Farmers markets and vendors have fresh sweet corn, blueberries, peaches, cabbage, okra, green beans, squash, cucumbers, and more.

Peach growers in California may soon have better tools for saving water.

Scientist Dong Wang is eval-uating whether infrared sensors and thermal technology can help growers descide when to water San Joaquin Valley peaches.




National Garden Bureau launches philanthropic program

Farm Market Week set Aug. 3

Have fresh okra? Fix gumbo

Fresh summer okra and tomatoes from farmers markets become the perfect gumbo ingredients.

And to simplify that Southern taste, seasonings like Old Bay make this recipe easy to prepare..

New irrigation method studied



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By Bobbie Whitehead

Posted July 22, 2014

To continue its mission, improving lives through the use of plants and seeds, the National Garden Bureau has launched a new program called "Growing for Futures."

The program is designed to raise funds for organizations and communities operating programs that will lead to "horticulture careers and life skills” while also gardening.

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