Take a Spring Break in Rural America
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."
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.
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.
USDA Gardening Resources
United States Department of Agriculture.
USDA, identified resources related to home gardening, nurseries, horticulture, composting, and landscaping.
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.
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."
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.
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.