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NMSU presents seed saving workshop in Taos, Santa Fe

Do you have a favorite chile pepper, squash or tomato grown in your garden and would like to produce it year after year?

New Mexico State University is hosting a workshop on seed saving and grower participatory vegetable breeding Tuesday, May 21, in Taos; and Thursday, May 23, in Santa Fe for individuals interested in learning the basic techniques to produce and harvest vigorous, true-to-type vegetable seeds.

"A grower may wish to protect and maintain heirloom vegetable varieties by conducting an on-farm breeding project," said Stephanie Walker, NMSU Cooperative Extension Service vegetable specialist. "By attending the workshop, they will participate in hands-on demonstrations to learn how to isolate their crops, save their seeds, and implement other participatory breeding techniques."

Walker and Luz Hernandez will conduct the hands-on demonstrations.

The free workshop will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the county Extension offices. The Taos County Extension office is located at 202 Chamisa Road in Taos, while the Santa Fe County Extension office is located at 3229 Rodeo Road in Santa Fe.

Funding for the program is from a New Mexico Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Program grant.

For additional information, call Walker at 575-646-4398 or Mary Curtis at 575-646-1715.