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NMSU to host hoop house maintenance, vegetable workshop in Abiquiu

ABIQUIU ? So you built a hoop house on your small-acreage farm. Now what do you do with it?

Since 2001, New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service agricultural agents have helped small-scale farmers extend their growing season by building hoop houses on their property. Many have been built in northern New Mexico, including Rio Arriba County.

?Our county has the most small-scale farmers in New Mexico, who are raising a very diverse range of crops,? said Donald Martinez, NMSU?s Extension agricultural agent in Rio Arriba County. ?We have a lot of hoop houses in our county.

?These farmers have discovered there is always some kind of issue once the hoop house is built,? he continued. ?We thought it would be good to provide these farmers with information regarding pest control and maintenance.?

Rio Arriba County Extension office will host a workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 7, to teach the farmers how to manage their hoop houses.

The workshop will also include a presentation by Stephanie Walker, NMSU Extension vegetable specialist, regarding growing vegetables in New Mexico.

?We want to help the farmer find the crop that they want to raise,? Martinez said. ?From this event, we may see an increase in specific vegetables. We hope the small-scale farmer will network with larger producers to help fill the market needs of the area.?

Martinez will also survey the attendees to determine what future training could be provided.

The workshop will be held at the Rio Arriba County Events Center in Abiquiu, located on State Highway 554. Registration is required, because seating is limited to 25 participants. Lunch will be provided. RSVP by calling 505-485-4523.