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NMSU schedules orchard renovation workshop in Abiquiu

ABIQUIU ? Apple and fruit producers along the Rio Chama valley have had tough times the last several years with late frosts taking out the crop. While the trees may not produce fruit, they still grow and need to be maintained.


Man with pruner cutting a tree branch
David Archuleta, a farm ranch supervisor at New Mexico State University's Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde, demonstrates pruning techniques that will be among topics at a workshop on renovating old orchards on March 17 in Abiquiu. (NMSU Photo by J. Victor Espinoza)

New Mexico State University?s Rio Arriba County Cooperative Extension Service is hosting a free workshop Tuesday, March 17, on how to renovate an old orchard to help fruit growers return their trees to production.

?We have a dozen orchards in the Abiquiu area. Some of these orchards have produced a hardy fruit that have endured droughts, heavy frosts and other climate changes. We need to help preserve these trees,? said Donald Martinez, Rio Arriba County Extension agricultural agent.

?Growers will learn techniques on how to renovate their old fruit trees through pruning, irrigation and other innovative methods. Shengrui Yao, NMSU fruit specialist, will conduct the training,? he said.

The free workshop will be from 1 to 3 p.m. at Jack Trujillo Farm, off State Highway 554 in Abiquiu. ?We will have signs to direct people to the farm,? Martinez said.