Agricultural briefs – January 17

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Want to become a master at gardening? Whether you are a beginner or have been gardening for years, learn more about gardening in the Taos County High Desert. The classes will …

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Agricultural briefs – January 17

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Become a master gardener

Want to become a master at gardening? Whether you are a beginner or have been gardening for years, learn more about gardening in the Taos County High Desert. The classes will cover plant selection, xeriscaping, turf, pest management, home vegetable and fruit production, pruning and more.

Classes are held on Wednesdays of each week for approximately 13 weeks at Juan I. Gonzales Memorial Agricultural Center. The program will start on Feb. 13 the day before Valentine's Day from 9 a.m. until noon. Reserve your seat on or before the Feb. 8 registration deadline. To register, contact the Taos County Cooperative Extension Service at New Mexico State University at (575) 758-3982, taosextension@nmsu.edu or pick up an application at the Juan I. Gonzales Memorial Agricultural Center, 202 Chamisa Road, in Taos.

New Mexico Organic Farming Conference Feb. 15-16

The New Mexico Organic Farming Conference is scheduled Friday, Feb. 15 and Saturday, Feb. 16 at Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town, located at 800 Rio Grande Blvd. Northwest, in Albuquerque.

Experts will present research and ideas on issues ranging from water conservation to new methods of organic farming.

Attendees will be able to choose from 30-session tracks including:

· A panel on tools and strategies for water conservation and resilience

· Seed saving and variety development for the future in the arid Southwest (Laurie Lange)

· Wholesale markets - the next frontier for New Mexico growers (Kendal Chavez and Michael Venticinque)

· A practical transition toward a functioning soil (Dave Scott)

· Using cover crops creatively to transition ground to organic (Rex Dufour)

· A workshop on advancing your soil health

Attendees can also expect 60 exhibitor booths offering locally grown organic snacks, as well as an organic luncheon and endless networking opportunities that could help advance interest or career in organic farming.

The keynote speaker for the conference is Ron Rosmann of Rosmann Family Farms in Iowa, who earned the region's 2018 Organic Farmer of the Year.

Those who want to attend the conference should visit tinyurl.com/NMOFC2019 to register and to view a tentative schedule of events. Early registration is recommended.

Acequia Day at the Roundhouse

Parciantes and acequia advocates are invited to attend Acequia Day at the New Mexico State Capital Feb. 5. It is a day to lobby lawmakers for bills supporting farms, water rights, traditional irrigation practices and acequia governance. For more information, see the New Mexico Acequia Association website at lasacequias.org.

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