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San Juan Basin Extension Service hosts small acreage workshop

HESPERUS, Colo. - The San Juan Basin Extension Service will host a small acreage workshop Saturday, May 5 at the San Juan Basin Research Center in Hesperus, Colo.


"With an increased interest in small-scale, market-based enterprises in the region, this year's focus will primarily be on vegetable and fruit productions," said Gary Hathorn, agriculture agent for New Mexico State University's San Juan County Cooperative Extension Service.

The San Juan Basin Extension Service collaborative includes NMSU's San Juan County and Colorado State University's Archuleta County, La Plata County, Dolores County and Montezuma County Extension Services.

Topics will include drip irrigation techniques by CSU's Dan Fernandez with a demonstration by NMSU's Dan Smeal; composting for growing vegetables by CSU's Yvette Henson; small-scale potato production by CSU's Rob Davidson; small orchard production by Fernandez; vegetable and fruit for extended and intensive production by CSU's Ed Page; and a panel discussion on marketing of value added products, farm stands and farmer's markets by CSU's Jim Dyer and NMSU's Jan Tomko. A tour of the San Juan Basin Research Center, including the strawbale greenhouse, will also be given.

Registration cost of $15 will include lunch and refreshments. The center is located at 18683 Highway 140 in Hesperus. For more information contact Hathorn at (505) 334-9496.

NMSU's participation is an example of the university's continuing outreach efforts to help educate and improve the lives of people around New Mexico and the region.