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NMSU to host hoop-house workshop in Portales

PORTALES, N.M. - Want to get a jump on next year's garden? One way is to build a hoop house to extend the growing season back into late winter.



Participants will get hands-on experience while learning how to build the hoop-house structure at the Portales workshop Nov. 10. (NMSU photo by Jane Moorman)

New Mexico State University's Roosevelt County Cooperative Extension Service is hosting a free construction workshop Nov. 10, beginning at 8 a.m. at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds.

"I believe this workshop will provide growers with the tools necessary to implement this technology in their own operations and open up new windows of opportunity," said Patrick Kircher, Extension agricultural agent. "I want attendees to interact and gain insight into opportunities available that might fall outside of the perceived norm. This will be a great opportunity to think outside the box."

Participants will get hands-on experience while learning how to build the hoop-house structure, which is 16 feet wide by 32 feet long and made of PVC pipe, wood and greenhouse plastic covering. The training will be conducted by Del Jimenez, Extension agriculture specialist with the Rural Agricultural Improvement and Public Affairs Project and designer of the hoop-house structure.

This is one of several hoop-house workshops being held around the state. It is in response to a request by gardeners and farmers' market vendors to learn more about extending the growing season with hoop houses.

"During a series of workshops for farmers' market vendors, the producers indicated they would like to know more about extending the growing season with hoop houses," said Michael Patrick, NMSU Extension community resource and economic development specialist. Patrick is coordinating the statewide program, which is funded by a USDA grant from the Western Center for Risk Management Education at Washington State University. "We are providing these trainings to fulfill that request."

To register and get directions to the Portales workshop, call Kircher at 575-356-4417.

Jane Moorman, senior communications specialist with New Mexico State University, contributed to this release.