The National Garden Bureau has made available free materials for the 2016 “Year of the” Program.

Each year the National Garden Bureau (NGB) advances the use of the crops it has chosen for its “Year of the” program. For 2016, those crops include:

NGB has added a fourth class for promotion for the 2016 season. This new class is:

The National Garden Bureau Board of Directors selects crops with which consumers can be successful. Each “Year of the” crop is easy to grow, genetically diverse and include lots of new varieties—all traits that will help consumers and their gardens flourish.

The free materials include printable fact sheets, flyers, handouts, signage and more. Garden retailers can use these materials in store alongside the “Year of the” crops or at Customer Service, Help Desks or in educational seminars. NGB also has downloadable photos and logos of the featured crops. These can be used in catalogs, advertisements, on websites and in other appropriate marketing materials.

Another new aspect of NGB’s “Year of the” program is a video about the edible class, produced by and starring cook, author and storyteller Jonathan Bardzik. This video can be viewed in the Year of Carrot fact sheet or on YouTube and shared by any person or company who wishes to promote gardening and cooking with carrots.