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Dia de la Semilla Honors Preparation for Growing Season in New Mexico

LAS CRUCES--Dia de la Semilla, Seed Day, will be celebrated in Albuquerque's South Valley March 27 to honor the ways different cultures prepare for the growing season.

"Dia de la Semilla is a great chance to learn about the different ways people in New Mexico welcome spring and the new growing season," said Mike Cook with New Mexico State University's Rural Economic Development Through Tourism (REDTT) project. "It will also offer home gardeners some great tips."

REDTT, a program of NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service, promotes agriculture through tourism.

The free event is sponsored by the South Valley Growers' Association. Growers from farmers' markets in Albuquerque will be featured. Speakers will discuss soil building, pest control and community-supported agriculture. Other talks and displays will deal with native, organic and heirloom seeds; earthworms, compost and gardening plants; and llamas, goats and wild birds.

Master gardeners will be on hand to answer gardening questions.

Dia de la Semilla will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 3907 Isleta Boulevard SW in Albuquerque. For more information about the event, contact Rosalie Olivas at (505)877-1226 or Dennis and Josie Smedercuac at (505)873-1029.

Or for more information about this or other festivals, contact REDTT at (505)646-8009 or visit the project's World Wide Web site at www.nmsu.edu/~redtt.