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Edgewood farmer hosts NMSU, New Mexico Organic Commodity Commission farm tour

EDGEWOOD, N.M. Ken Koger will welcome certified organic producers and any other interested individuals to his farm in Edgewood on Sunday, Aug. 22, during a program presented by New Mexico State University and the New Mexico Organic Commodity Commission.

Koger's farm is among a five-farm series of organic farm walks with emphasis on insect pest management in organic systems.

"The goal of the farm walks series is to provide organic growers with an informal overview of approaches to pest management in organic systems and, perhaps more importantly, an opportunity to meet other growers and to learn from each other," said Tess Grasswitz, NMSU Extension urban/small farm integrated pest management specialist.

"Ken is a new organic producer of mixed vegetables. His small farm is just coming into production this year and includes some newly planted habitat strips for beneficial species," said Joan Quinn, education and marketing coordinator with the New Mexico Organic Commodity Commission.

Grasswitz and Quinn will lead the free walk that will begin at 2 p.m.

"There is no charge for attending any of the farm walks, but we ask that you preregister so that we know how many people to expect at each location," said Grasswitz. "Also, no refreshments will be provided, so participants will need to bring an adequate supply of water and to wear appropriate clothing."

The event is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture through its Extension Integrated Pest Management Coordination and Support Program.

To participate in the farm walks, please register by calling Suzanne Depres at 505-865-7340. Directions to the farms will be provided at registration.