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Farmington farmer hosts NMSU, New Mexico Organic Commodity Commission farm tour

FARMINGTON, N.M. -- Pauline Pao will welcome certified organic producers and other interested individuals to her farm in Farmington on Sunday, Sept. 19, during a program presented by New Mexico State University and the New Mexico Organic Commodity Commission.

Pao's farm is one of a five-farm series of organic farm walks with emphasis on insect pest management in organic systems. The tour will be from 2 to 5 p.m.

"The goal of the farm walks series is to provide organic growers with an informal overview of approaches to pest management in organic systems, and perhaps more importantly, an opportunity to meet other growers and to learn from each other," said Tess Grasswitz, NMSU Extension urban/small farm integrated pest management specialist.

"Pauline's small farm produces mixed vegetables, with cover crops to help build the soil. It is just coming into production this season and should be certified organic next year," said Joan Quinn, education and marketing coordinator with the New Mexico Organic Commodity Commission.

Grasswitz and Quinn will lead the free walk that will begin at 2 p.m.

"There is no charge for attending any of the farm walks, but we ask that you preregister so that we know how many people to expect at each location," said Grasswitz. "Also, no refreshments will be provided, so participants will need to bring an adequate supply of water and wear appropriate clothing."

The event is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture through its Extension Integrated Pest Management Coordination and Support Program.

To participate in the farm walks, please register by calling Suzanne Depres at 505-865-7340. Directions to the farms will be provided at registration.