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NMSU's Bernalillo County Extension Service hosts hoop house construction

ALBUQUERQUE - A hoop house is an affordable and practical type of greenhouse for the serious gardener. A day-long building workshop sponsored by New Mexico State University and Bernalillo County Cooperative Extension Service will be held on Thursday, Nov. 8, at the residence of Tish Reid.

Joran Viers, Bernalillo County Cooperative Extension Service horticultural specialist, helps pull the plastic shell of a hoop house. A hoop house building workshop is planned for Thursday, Nov. 8, in Albuquerque. To sign up for the workshop and to get directions to the building site, call Viers at (505) 243-1386.

"Participants should come prepared to work, bring tools and wear clothing appropriate for the weather," said Joran Viers, horticulturalist with the Bernalillo County Cooperative Extension Service. The free, hands-on workshop will begin at 9 a.m. Call Viers at (505) 243-1386 to sign up for the workshop and to get directions to the building site.

Under the direction of Del Jimenez, Extension Service agricultural specialist from NMSU's Sustainable Agriculture Science Center in Alcalde, the participants will construct a hoop house with pvc pipe, sheets of plastic and wood. The project concludes at dusk with a demonstration of a simple watering system.

This event is part of NMSU's continuing outreach efforts through the College of Agriculture and Home Economics to educate and inform people of issues and best operating practices for crop and livestock production.