Usda asking to register your garden....wth?

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Wow, I read that site information three times.

Lots of question marks for me....like why were the girl scouts called out. I am usually good at straining the word soup, but I need to read again

Peeps let's not go politics on this one.
 

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Cities with vacant lots should offer those areas, within their designated "food desert" areas and have local residents work the gardens, supervised by local ag dept people. Reap what you sow!

There used to be a low security prison in the general area of Hampton Roads that was a farm. The. Inmates raised fields of crops, some hogs & chickens during their time there. It supplied most jails with food back then, plus food banks. Then, they developed "work release".... Farming over. Shame. Lotta food for those food banks
 

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We were so excited, until we found most of them had been thrown into the dumpster outside....
Sad but so very evident that a great majority of the people don't/won't participate in a garden, community or personal. Too easy to obtain free food without any work or responsibility. Waste and healthy choices -- ya don't want to get me started.🙄
 

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Posting locations of all the gardens? Uhhh, nope!

Location and information on each garden will be posted on a map.

To make it easier for somebody to come steal my tomatoes? Well it does say “benefit the community by providing food” LOL LOL

One of the requirements for registration is benefiting the community, wonder what they mean by that? When I have garden excess I benefit my neighbors—my choice who I benefit.

I agree that people should be encouraged to grow some of their own food. I shake my head in wonder at the people quick to whip out their SNAP card, but will not lift a finger to grow anything to feed themselves. Lazy. Just lazy. I don’t know about this brig a registered government program, something doesn’t feel right.
 

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It sounds like the story of The Little Red Hen. Nobody wanted to help prepare the ground, plant the seed, weed the garden, pick the food, cook it, but ALL were ready to eat it. And she said NO.

So I'm supposed to do all the work, be registered with the gooberment, who no doubt will send all sorts of nefarious people to traipse around on my land for a free handout. Maybe even regulate how much of MY food I'm allowed to keep, Nope. The majority won't even prepare it to put it in the freezer, they only want RIGHT NOW and no consideration for tomorrow. What a country of selfish people we have slid off into.
 

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Wisconsin has a large farm for inmates to work at. They run a dairy that supplies milk to Wisconsin and Minnesota correctional institutions. Have been doing the farm for many, many years.

I think the USDA program is set up by naive people with the good intention of using the sites as an educational tool to help and inspire the populous to learn how to grow their own food. These people do not look at the big picture and realize that there are so many out there that are looking for the easy way out and will use the registration as a map to places where they can take all they can - whether they are going to use it or not.

When I was growing up, a small group of bored teenagers raided a garden on the edge of town and stole most of the tomatoes; then went across town and threw tomatoes at all the vehicles in the car dealership parking lot.

Talking to a guy a couple of years ago, he used to have chickens and sold eggs at an "On Your Honor" roadside stand. Just an old fridge next ot his driveway with cartons of eggs and a cash box. He said it worked very well for years, then people started to take without paying. He let it slide as enough people were paying that he wasn't losing money, just not making any either. One day some young men (around 18-20 years old) stole all the eggs and emptied the cash box. They got caught about 10 miles away throwing eggs at vehicles passing on the highway. Cop was checking out a complaint and when he drove past, they egged his squad car - brilliant.
 

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I just remembered when the Covid lockdowns were in full swing, guess what foods flew off the shelves and what was left? Canned foods and frozen foods were GONE. Shelves were bare. Fresh vegetables were plentiful, nobody wanted to actually prepare a meal.

I guess if I grew the vegetables, picked, blanched and vacuum sealed, froze it, people would be glad to take it off my hands. Add bright and pretty package to that.
 

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I agree that people should be encouraged to grow some of their own food. I shake my head in wonder at the people quick to whip out their SNAP card, but will not lift a finger to grow anything to feed themselves. Lazy. Just lazy. I don’t know about this brig a registered government program, something doesn’t feel right.
This. Yes. I have told the story many times of trying to help the first wife's friend to grow her own food and her not caring at all

All the corn the community church planted, such a waste. We ended up taking like 15 dozen ears, all told, and barely dented the full crop amount. Most went to waste because folks refused to come down and just pick the corn (all they wanted for free).

We are indeed a special community here on this site, and for that, I am thankful
 
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