USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Lynn County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) began their Peopleï¿½s Garden this past May as part of the Secretary of Agricultureï¿½s Peopleï¿½s Garden Initiative. Local Farm Service Agency (FSA) and NRCS employees came together to construct and sow the garden at the USDA Service Center in Tahoka.
The local community has already reaped the benefits of the Peopleï¿½s Garden. Bianca Baker, Director of the Senior Citizens Center in Tahoka, accepted the first of many donations that will go to feed local charitable organizations. The donation was presented by Helena Saldana, project organizer and administrative clerk for the Lynn County SWCD.
Some of the conservation practices being implemented in the garden include mulching and a trickle irrigation system to increase water use efficiency. The first crop of fruits and vegetables to be grown consist of two varieties of tomatoes, cantaloupe, cucumber, jalapenos, bell peppers, banana peppers, squash, and zucchini.
For more information on the Peopleï¿½s Garden Initiative visit www.usda.gov/peoplesgarden or contact Helen Saldana at the USDA Service Center, NRCS field office at (806) 998-4507 ext. 3.
Helen Saldana (left) presents a basket full of squash, zucchini, and peppers to Bianca Baker at the Peopleï¿½s Garden outside of the USDA Service Center in Tahoka.