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Recognition for La Fortaleza People's Garden

Inauguration of La Fortaleza Peoples Garden

On December 16, 2013, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recognized First Lady Wilma Pastrana Jiménez and her home garden at La Fortaleza officially as a People’s Garden – joining the list of People’s Gardens across the United States and the Caribbean.

This prestigious recognition is the first to be granted to a Puerto Rico state government facility, and is the third established on the island (the first two People’s Gardens are located at the Mayagüez Field Office on the USDA Tropical Agriculture Research Station grounds, and at the Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport).

Healthy herbs and vegetables grow in La Fortaleza Peoples GardenUSDA-NRCS Caribbean Area Director, Edwin Almodóvar, presented the award to the First Lady, along with Puerto Rico Secretary of Agriculture, Dr. Myrna Comas, and Dr. Gladys González, Dean of Campus at the Mayagüez College of Agricultural Sciences.

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