USDA Offers Urban Farmers an Online Toolkit

The U.S. Agriculture Department is offering urban farmers some help in growing and marketing their produce.

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BALTIMORE (AP) — The U.S. Agriculture Department is offering urban farmers some help in growing and marketing their produce.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the online toolkit Friday at the opening of a community garden at Baltimore's Frederick Douglass High School.

It includes links to technical and financial assistance, including loans and grants.

The event included celebrity chef Kwame Onwuachi (KWAH'-may on-WATCH'-ee) and Broderick Johnson, chairman of the My Brother's Keeper Task Force established by President Barack Obama.

My Brother's Keeper said in a 2014 report that food insecurity is among the stress factors affecting poor children.

Onwuachi competed on Bravo's "Top Chef" television show. He says he'll look to high schools to provide interns at a restaurant he plans to open this summer in Washington.

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