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Mayagüez People's Garden

Zulma Garcia (background) supervises Edwin Mas & working in the garden.On February 28, 2013, the first NRCS People’s Garden in the Caribbean Area was officially inaugurated at the Tropical Agriculture Research Station (TARS) in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.

The Mayagüez People's Garden is a collaborative effort between NRCS, UPR Mayagüez, TARS, the UPR Agricultural Experiment Station, UPR Cooperative Extension Service, UPR Sea Grant, the Oeste Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD), Casa Belén, and Mayagüezanos Pro Salud y Ambiente. Project partners donated all the materials and supplies (plants, compost, etc.) to build this beautiful garden. We congratulate our NRCS Mayagüez Field Office, Ecological Sciences Division and MLRA Soil Survey Office employees for putting together an extraordinary event with our partners and co-workers.

What's New

In February 2014, our NRCS Mayagüez Service Center employees replanted their People’s Garden with pumpkins, tomatoes, cabbage, okra and herbs - embodying our motto of “Putting Conservation on the Land!”

Last year (2013), the Mayagüez People's Garden produced 275 pounds of fresh, high quality produce that was donated to Casa Belén Nursing Home in Mayagüez. For example, the July harvest included: eggplants, mangoes, peppers, plantains, herbs, passion fruit, and bread fruit.

  • 1st Harvest: April 12, 2013
  • 2nd Harvest: 70 lbs, May 22, 2013
  • 3rd Harvest: 210 lbs, July 11, 2013
  • 4th Harvest: 275 lbs, August 12, 2013

NRCS-CB staff, interns, volunteers and partners have lovingly tended the garden. They have created an oasis that even local wildlife like to visit!

Eng. Rolando Collazo and District Conservationist, Zulma García, prepare one of the plant beds. SCT Yadira Feliciano, SC Esperanza Avilés, and Eng. Rolando Collazo plant herbs and tomatoes Samuel Ríos, Raquel Robledo, Manuel Matos, and Mario Rodríguez, prepare a plant bed and plant  herbs
NRCS Civil Engineer, Rolando Collazo, and Mayagüez District Conservationist, Zulma García, prepare one of the plant beds.
Soil Conservation Technician, Yadira Feliciano, Soil Conservationist, Esperanza Avilés, and Eng. Rolando Collazo plant herbs and tomatoes.
Soil Scientist, Samuel Ríos, Resource Conservationist, Raquel Robledo, MLRA Leader, Manuel Matos, and Resource Conservationist, Mario Rodríguez, prepare another plant bed and plant lemon grass and vegetables.
Rolando Collazo (Soils) & Edwin Mas (ECS) proudly display the August 12th Peoples Garden Harvest. Endemic Puerto Rican Boa visits Mayaguez Peoples Garden. Samuel Rios and Esperanza Aviles deliver July 2013 Peoples Garden harvest to Casa Belen.
Rolando Collazo (Soils) & Edwin Más (ECS) proudly display the August 12th People's Garden Harvest.
Endemic Puerto Rican Boa visits Mayaguez People's Garden.
Samuel Rios (Soils) & Esperanza Aviles (Soil Con) deliver July People's Garden Harvest to Casa Belén.
Julys bountiful harvest at the Mayagüez Peoples Garden. Carlos S. Pérez and José  Rodríguez, NRCS Interns, prepare the July harvest for delivery. Intern LucasBirriel, Engineer Rolando deliver May harvest to Fr Oscar & Fr Carlos Gonzalez at Casa Belen
July's bountiful harvest at the Mayagüez People's Garden.
Carlos S. Pérez and José Rodríguez, NRCS Interns, prepare the July harvest for delivery.
Intern Lucas Birriel and SS Rolando Collazo deliver May harvest to Father Oscar & Father Carlos at Casa Belén.
Mayaguez DC. Zulma Garcia, and Yadira Feliciano prepare May harvest for delivery to Casa Belen. April 2013 planting in the Mayagüez People's Garden. Zulma Garcia (left) and Manuel Matos (right) deliver first Peoples Garden harvest to Casa Belen.
Mayaguez DC. Zulma García, and Yadira Feliciano, prepare May harvest for delivery to Casa Belén.
April 2013 planting in the Mayagüez People's Garden.
Zulma García (left) and Manuel Matos (right) deliver first People's Garden harvest to Casa Belén.