Take a Spring Break in Rural America


people at a farmers market stand: Copyright iStock Photos Reasons to Shop at a Farmers Market

United States Department Of Agriculture. National Agricultural Library. Nutrition.Gov

"Why shop at a farmers market? Fresh, nutritious, locally grown fruits and vegetables are just a few reasons. See what this Nutrition.gov registered dietitian has to say to shoppers and farmers."

Vegetables for sale at farmers market. Find a Farmers Market Near You

USDA. Agricultural Marketing Service.

Agricultural Marketing Service works to maintain a current listing of farmers markets throughout the United States. Fill in the form to search for one near you.

Recipe Box and Chef Hat Make Your Own Spring Cookbook Online

United States Department of Agriculture.  National Agricultural Library. Food and Nutrition Information Center. Snap-Ed Conneciton.

This spring search for recipes you like in the SNAP-Ed Connection Recipe Finder then make your own Cookbook with the Build a Cookbook program online - it's Free.

Child and Teacher Work in a School Garden USDA Gardening Resources

United States Department of Agriculture.

USDA, identified resources related to home gardening, nurseries, horticulture, composting, and landscaping.

person on a bicycle outside trail: Copyright iStock Photos Recreation.Gov

U.S. Recreation.gov.

This site provides access to the nations national parks and forests and you can reserve your campsite online. Recreation.Gov is made up of 11 U.S. federal agencies.

2012 Plant Hardiness Plant map U.S. Department of Agriculture Plant Hardiness Zones

United States Department of Agriculture.  Agrictulture Research Service.

"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. The map is based on the average annual minimum winter temperature, divided into 10-degree F zones."

Flowers in Greenhouse U.S. National Arboretum

USDA, National Arboretum.

The Arboretum offers public education programs and has numerous gardens to explore. Find out more about your favorite plants at the National Arboretum.

Road in rural setting National Scenic Byways

DOT. Federal Highway Administration.

"Take to the Roads" and explore Scenic Byways in rural America. Use this site to locate your next Road Trip.