Farm Smart designated as USDA People’s Garden

PHOTO COURTESY OF DESERT RESEARCH AND EXTENSION CENTER

Since its start in 2001, more than 140,000 youth and adults have visited the Farm Smart program at the University of California Desert Research and Extension in Holtville.

This year, however, visitors are greeted by large signs in English and Spanish recognizing this site as a U.S. Department of Agriculture People’s Garden. Roberto Gonzalez, USDA-HSI national program regional director for Southern California and Arizona, initiated the process of designating the 3-acre Farm Smart U-Pick garden for the USDA People’s Garden initiative.

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