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NMSU Valencia County Extension hosts first home and garden expo

LOS LUNAS, N.M. - With gardening season just around the corner, many people are beginning to plan what to plant. Others are wondering how they will use the produce once it is harvested.

New Mexico State University's Valencia County Cooperative Extension Service may have the answers to both of these issues. The office will host a free home and garden expo, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, March 11, at the UNM-Valencia Campus student community center, 280 La Entrada Road, Los Lunas.

"This is the first year we have offered this event," said Kyle Tator, the county's Extension agriculture agent. "We think it will be a unique half-day conference."

Gardening enthusiasts will receive a month-by-month review of gardening in Valencia County from the local Extension Master Gardeners. Other gardening sessions will include pruning trees, the basics of fruit tree grafting and principles of soil health.

Gardening is not just about growing plants, for many people it is about producing food. During the home portion of the expo, participants will learn ways of preparing the vegetables. Session topics will include healthy eating, cooking with garden products and food preservation. Participants interested in raising flowers can even attend a cut-flower arranging demonstration.

"The cooking demos will be hands-on, with the participants preparing four recipes with fresh garden produce," said Laura Bittner, the county's home economist. "I think people will really enjoy getting to taste the final dishes."

Attendees are encouraged to bring their seeds for a seed exchange to be held during the refreshment break.

Participants are asked to call the Valencia County Extension office at 505-565-3002 to RSVP to ensure sufficient supplies are available for the demonstrations