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NMSU to host fruit tree pruning workshop at Alcalde Sustainable Agriculture Science Center

ALCALDE, N.M. - A fruit tree pruning workshop will be held at the New Mexico State University Sustainable Agriculture Science Center in Alcalde from1-4 p.m. Friday, March 2.

Pruning techniques for pome fruit, such as apples; stone fruit, such as peaches, cherries, plums and apricots; grapes; and brambles, such as raspberries and blackberries, will be covered.

The presentation session will include background knowledge, common training systems and new developments for each fruit species. Following the presentation, there will be hands-on field demonstrations about pruning apple, peach, cherry, grapes and brambles.

"If you are home gardeners and would like to learn some pruning basics, or you are small scale farmers or commercial farmers who would like to learn some new techniques, you are welcome to join us for this pruning workshop," said Shengrui Yao, NMSU Extension fruit specialist. "Please bring your pruning gear with you and dress appropriately for cold weather."

This workshop is limited to 50 participants. For more information, contact Shengrui Yao at the NMSU Alcalde center at 505-852-4241, Tony Valdez at the Rio Arriba County Extension office at 505-658-4523, or Pat Torres at the Santa Fe County Extension office at 505-471-4711. To register, contact Augusta Archuleta at 505-852-4241.