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NMSU to host third annual Grape Day Aug. 13

The third annual Grape Day at New Mexico State University will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Fabian Garcia Science Center, 113 W. University Ave., Classroom 158.

Grapes on a vine.
New Mexico State University’s Viticulture Program will host the third annual Grape Day from 8 to 11 a.m. at the NMSU Fabian Garcia Science Center. (NMSU photo by Emily C. Kelley)

This year, Grape Day will include more diverse topics focused on the home grower than in the two previous years, according to Daniel Goodrich, project coordinator for NMSU’s Viticulture program.

“In the past our focus was mostly wine grape production,” Goodrich said. “This year we have structured our program to be of use to both small scale wine grape growers and table grape growers. We hope to be able to grow this event into an educational platform to cover topics of interest to the grape growing community.”

The speakers for this year’s event include Gordon Steele, vineyard and winery owner/operator; Cary Hamilton from NMSU Extension Plant Sciences; Dale Ellis, New Mexico Vine & Wine Society, Southern Rio Grande chapter president and amateur wine maker; and Daniel Goodrich, project coordinator for NMSU’s Viticulture program.

Discussion topics include grape maturity versus grape ripeness; pest management tools; the home vineyard and plant selection along with small farm and garden safety.

For more information on the program visit http://aces.nmsu.edu/ces/viticulture/.