March 16, 2018

Image of attendees at the Fruit Growers workshop

Cooperative Extension Service (CES)

Close to 100 fruit growers and home gardeners attended the 2018 Fruit Grower Workshop at Los Luceros Ranch. This event was organized by NMSU CES (NMSU Alcalde Center, Santa Fe County, and Rio Arriba County). Fruit Specialist Dr. Shengrui Yao gave an update on fruit research at Alcalde Center, Viticulturist Dr. Gill Giese talked about grapes and IPM Specialist Dr. Ashley Bennett gave a presentation on native bees. Local farmers markets representatives had a discussion panel about marketing. Ive Eddy from NMDA talked about organic certification, superintendent of Alcalde Center Dr. Steve Guldan discussed the acequia hydrology research. Gordon Tooley from Tooley Nursery donated a tree and gave a demonstration about tree planting and care and Santa Fe County Agent Tom Dominguez demonstrated the gopher trapping techniques. Attendees not only enjoyed the diversified programs but also the nice facilities and the beautiful Los Luceros Ranch.

Image of attendees at the Fruit Tree Pruning workshop

Agriculture Science Center (ASC) - Alcalde Sustainable

Over 60 people attended a Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop held at the Alcalde Sustainable ASC. The workshop was organized by Shengrui Yao, Associate Professor of Horticulture and Extension Fruit specialist, Donald Martinez, Rio Arriba County Extension, Tony Valdez, Taos County Extension, Tom Dominguez, Santa Fe County Extension, and Tory Hougland, CES-RAIPAP. After a slide presentation by Yao on training systems and pruning methods of various species of fruit trees and brambles, attendees were divided into two groups and taken to the Science Center's orchards for hands-on demonstrations led by Yao, Martinez, and Valdez.