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Re: 23 cities funded back in eraly 80's for food gardening

  • Subject: Re: [cg] 23 cities funded back in eraly 80's for food gardening
  • From: Grow19@aol.com
  • Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2001 17:53:12 EDT

The funding came out of the Cooperative Extension Service, and originally 
made available to 16 cities (hence it was known informally as the '16 Cities 
Program." It was championed year after year by Sen. Jamie Whitten.  Then, by 
some skillful manuevers, when federal programs were faced by percentage cuts 
across the board, somehow the purpose of the program was restated and rather 
than lose any dollars, the same dollars were made available to 23 cities 
(then it became known informally as the "23 Cities Program").  When Whitten 
leave the senate, so did the $ (so I recall).  Several attempts have been 
made to find the USDA's formal records on the program (a prize to anyone who 
can find them), but them seem to have vanished.

Judy Tiger
Washington DC

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