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NMSU provides tips for hoop house winter production at Mora workshop

MORA, N.M. - Area growers will be able to learn how to use their hoop house greenhouses more efficiently and properly during a workshop on winter production hosted by the Los de Mora Local Growers Cooperative and Sangre de Cristo Valley Livestock Growers Association.

New Mexico State University agriculture specialist Del Jimenez will speak about how to use the interior of the hoop house during a workshop, which will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at St. Gertrude's Parish Hall on N.M. 518 in Mora.

"In the past several years hoop houses have become a tool that many of our small producers are using to extend the growing season," said Del Jimenez of NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service's Rural Agricultural Improvement and Public Affairs Project. "Setting up and using the right crops at the right time is critical to making hoop houses work."

Attendees will learn about the basics of winter production, whether to heat or not to heat the hoop house, and about cold season crops to plant during the fall, winter and early springtime.

"Many growers in the Mora area have hoop houses and are producing organic produce," Jimenez said. "They are producing 300 pounds of produce weekly for Cid's Food Market in Taos. This workshop will help them extend their growing season to continue producing for the local market."