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Greens growing at Michael Garcia's urban farm in St. Thomas, USVI.

Urban Agriculture - Caribbean

Urban agriculture is growing in our island communities, providing access to fresh and healthy food along with jobs, and beautifying our neighborhoods.

Resource Conservationist Ismael Matos helps San Juan, PR, school children build their school garden.
Resource Conservationist, Ismael Matos, helps San Juan, PR, youth build their school garden.

As Caribbean agriculture grows in new directions, NRCS conservation assistance is growing along with it. NRCS provides technical and financial assistance for urban farmers to help them with:

  • Soil Health
  • Irrigation and Water Conservation
  • Weeds and Pests
  • High Tunnels – NRCS can provide financial assistance to install high tunnels, used to extend the growing season and to protect plants from harsh weather, air pollution and pests. By making local produce available for more months in the year, fewer resources are used to transport food to plates.

Get Started

Starting an urban farm comes with a unique set of challenges and opportunities. NRCS can help with the challenges of conservation, and support urban farmers in their efforts to achieve local, healthy, sustainable food for their communities. Start by contacting your local NRCS Service Center.


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Edrick Marrero

State Agronomist

Javier Cruz

Assistant State Conservationist for Programs

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