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US Ag secretary, celebrity chef among visitors to Baltimore school

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in 2010. (United State Department of Agriculture photo)

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in 2010. (United State Department of Agriculture photo)

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is visiting a Baltimore high school to highlight opportunities in urban agriculture.

The event Friday afternoon at Frederick Douglass High School also includes celebrity chef Kwame Onwuachi and Broderick Johnson, chairman of the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force established by President Barack Obama.

The USDA says in a statement that Vilsack is opening the school’s community garden and announcing a new resource for urban agriculture entrepreneurs.

My Brother’s Keeper said in a 2014 report that food insecurity is among the stress factors for poor children. The USDA says urban agriculture expands access to nutritious foods and brings younger producers to the marketplace.

Onwuachi says he’ll look to high schools to provide interns at a restaurant he plans to open this summer in Washington.