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NMSU to host Valencia County Home and Garden Expo in Peralta

PERALTA – Need some motivation for spring cleaning, gardening and organization? Here’s a solution! Find motivation and inspiration by attending the Valencia County Home and Garden Expo Saturday, March 16.


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New Mexico State University Master Food Preserver Vicky Husband talks about ways to preserve fresh vegetables during the Valencia County Home and Garden Expo. This year’s Expo will be Saturday, March 16, at the Peralta Methodist Church Community Education Building, 25 Wesley Road in Peralta. (NMSU photo by Jane Moorman)

New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences will host a day of workshops and demonstrations of activities for the home and garden from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Peralta Methodist Church Community Education Building, 25 Wesley Road in Peralta. The $5 attendance fee includes lunch.

The event is hosted by NMSU’s Cooperative Extension Service in Valencia County and the Valencia County Extension Master Gardeners.

“This event is a great way to start the spring gardening season,” said Newt McCarty, NMSU Extension agricultural agent in Valencia County. “We have two tracks of sessions dedicated to garden and home activities.”

The day will open with “Healthy Plants, Healthy Hearts: Building Community with Horticulture” by Marisa Thompson NMSU Extension Horticulture Specialist.

“Gardening is a very broad activity and can be frustrating, therapeutic, overwhelming and at the same time rewarding. Each year we work to bring new and engaging gardening topics and I feel we have accomplished that with this year’s presenters” McCarty said.

During the garden track sessions will include Mulch of Magic, Grapes 101, Vermicomposting and Flowers of the Month and Their Meaning.

“We are excited about the diversity of hands-on workshops we are offering for the person needing inspiration inside the home,” said Laura Bittner, Extension family and consumer sciences agent in Valencia County.

“The home track workshops will provide opportunities to gain ideas on how to organize and declutter, use garden products and improve relationships through better understanding of personality types. We are also very excited for a workshop on wine pairing provided by Gill Giese, NMSU viticulturist specialist.”

The home track sessions will include food preservation, home organization, wine pairing and chocolate therapy.

Please call 505-565-3002 to RSVP for the Valencia County Home and Garden Expo.