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NMSU hosts lavender care, processing workshop in Alcalde

ALCALDE - The care and processing of lavender will be demonstrated during a free hands-on workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, at New Mexico State University's Sustainable Agriculture Science Center in Alcalde.



NMSU medicinal herbs researcher Charles Martin shows how to take a lavender cutting for propagation during last year's lavender workshop. This year's workshop will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, at NMSU's Sustainable Agriculture Science Center in Alcalde. (NMSU Photo by Jane Moorman)

"Lavender is becoming an increasingly popular herb in New Mexico for commercial specialty crop growers," said Charles Martin, NMSU medicinal herb researcher. "Learning proper pruning and propagation methods is one of the first steps in successful lavender production and fall is the best time to conduct these practices."

Workshop topics will include fall pruning, seed collection, seed cleaning and propagation from seed and cuttings. Attendees are encouraged to bring gloves, hand pruners and bags or envelopes for seed and cutting collection. Participants will be allowed to take home seed and cuttings for personal use.

"This is an opportunity for interested growers to acquire some well-adapted lavender germplasm to take to conduct trials on their own farms," Martin said.

For more information or directions to the Alcalde Sustainable Agriculture Science Center, contact Martin by e-mail at cmartin@nmsu.edu or phone 505-852-4241.