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It's Home Farming Day: Free crackers for everyone

Triscuit has declared April 12

Triscuit has declared April 12 "Home Farming Day" Photo Credit: Handout

So I received two boxes of fat-free Triscuit crackers in the mail yesterday, and inside each was a piece of cardboard impregnated with dill seeds. What's this about? The cracker maker has  declared today to be Home Farming Day.

Teaming up with the nonprofit organization Urban Farming, Triscuit people are at select sites around the country -- and in Manhattan's Madison Square Park -- until 6 p.m. today for an event that also features Paul James of HGTV, who will demonstrate how to plant chives, seeds for which the company also enclosed in the package. 

You can get two plantable postcards at the event and mail them to your friends. Or yourself, I'd imagine. I'm guessing there will be plenty of free crackers to nibble on, as well.

The idea is to "kick off the 2011 planting season and celebrate the idea that everyone, everywhere can grow their own vegetables and herbs," the news release reads.

To that end, Triscuit is unveiling its plans for 65 community-based urban home farms in 20 U.S. cities in 2011, including five home farms to be grown in low-income housing developments. The goal is to provide inner-city residents with greater access to nutritious foods, consistent with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's mission of creating more sustainable and diverse communities.


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