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NMSU holds small-scale sustainable chile workshop at Alcalde Agriculture Science Center

ALCALDE - Raising chile in Northern New Mexico is a tradition that many farmers continue today. To provide them with the latest information regarding raising the crop, New Mexico State University's Sustainable Agriculture Science Center in Alcalde is hosting a free, half-day Small-scale Sustainable Chile Workshop from 8 a.m. to noon, Thursday, April 16.

"Scientific and technical advances have been made in organic and integrated sustainable chile production in recent years, and it's important to inform small-scale chile growers about innovative new management practices," said Charles Martin, agricultural specialist at the Alcalde center. "With a resurgent interest by consumers and growers alike in traditional chile varieties and flavorful, artisanal chile products, this workshop is timely in helping small-scale growers meet the increasing demand of this niche market."

Topics to be discussed include:

?Bio-fumigation prospects for soil disease management by Mark Uchanski, NMSU assistant professor in the department of plant science.
?Inter-seeding chile for fertility and weed management by Steve Guldan, NMSU professor and Alcalde science center superintendent.
?Farmer-based chile breeding and line selection by Joshua Cravans, organic grower and seed breeder at Jardin del Alma in Monticello, N.M.
?Conserving traditional food ways and culture: chile in New Mexico by Lois Stanford, associate professor in the department of anthropology.
?Chile research update and outlook at Alcalde by Martin.

For more information or directions to the Alcalde experiment station, contact Charles Martin by email at cmartin@nmsu.edu or call (505) 852-4241.