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San Sebastian Celebrates Earth Day 2013

San Sebastian Celebrates Earth Day & National Volunteer Week 2013

San Sebastian Field Office Reaches Out to Future Conservationists for Earth Day & National Volunteer Week

To celebrate Earth Day and National Volunteer Week on April 22-26, 2013, NRCS San Sebastian Field Office staff Javier Torres (Soil Conservationist) and Michelle Catoni (Soil Conservation Technician) led 30 University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez  Campus (RUM) Agriculture students on farm visits to learn more about NRCS conservation programs and career opportunities.  NRCS staff collaborated with partners from the Northwest Soil Conservation District (SCD), the PR Department of Agriculture and the RUM Agriculture Department on two field visits to the Patiño farm in the Coloso Valley in Aguada, PR.

NRCS staff described the farm's soils and the most common conservation practices applied on the farm, and demonstrated the use of survey instruments used by NRCS to apply the conservation practices.  The students received informational materials detailing the benefits of the Patino's Farm conservation practices, how to use the Web Soil Survey, the NRCS Backyard Conservation initiative and the Earth Team Volunteer Program. Agronomist, Idelisa Acevedo, (SCD supervisor) also provided the students with information about the programs offered by the PR Department of Agriculture.

NRCS Soil Conservationist, Javier Torres (left), describes conservation practices installed on the Patiño Farm to RUM students. Farmer Patiño (right) discusses the benefits of conservation to his farm with students. NRCS Soil Conservation Technician, Michelle Catoní (right), demonstrates how to use survey equipment.
NRCS Soil Conservationist, Javier Torres (left), describes conservation practices installed on the Patiño Farm to RUM students. Farmer Patiño (right) discusses the benefits of conservation to his farm with students. NRCS Soil Conservation Technician, Michelle Catoní (right), demonstrates how to use survey equipment.

For more information on San Sebastian Field Office activities and programs, please contact Elizabeth Fred, District Conservationist, at 787-896-3565 or elizabeth.fred@@pr.usda.gov.