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NMSU to host hoop house construction workshop at Cochiti Pueblo

COCHITI ? New Mexico State University?s Southern Pueblo Beginning Farmer/Rancher Program will conduct a hoop house construction workshop 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, at the Cochiti Pueblo.


NMSU?s Southern Pueblo Beginning Farmer/Rancher Program will conduct a hoop house construction workshop Wednesday, Feb. 25, at the Cochiti Pueblo.
Volunteers pull the plastic cover over a hoop house frame during a workshop conducted by New Mexico State University?s Del Jimenez, Extension agricultural agent. Jimenez will conduct a similar workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, at Cochiti Pueblo. (NMSU photo by Jane Moorman)

?A hoop house is a practical tool that is affordable to construct, practical to use, can extend the growing season and possibly improve income for an operation,? said Joseph Garcia, NMSU Cooperative Extension Service agricultural agent.

Del Jimenez, NMSU Extension agricultural specialist, will lead participants in the construction of the 16-foot-by-32-foot structure.

?The participants will learn how to lay out the structure, then do each step of the construction which includes setting the stakes, setting the plastic pipe hoops, installing tubular braces, adding end walls and attaching the polyethylene plastic covering,? Jimenez said.

The Southern Pueblo Beginning Farmer/Rancher Program is a joint project between NMSU College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences and the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. The program is funded by a National Institute of Food and Agriculture Beginning Farmer/Rancher Program grant.

For more information, call 505-852-0480.