May 14, 2016

Cooperative Extension Service

  • De Baca County Extension kicked off the growing season April 20 by hosting an open house. Features of the open house included visiting a garden area featuring a hoop house and raised beds, learning about NMSU chile varieties, and viewing an active composting bin. Participants were able to walk away with handouts and door prizes and information on our new seed library. A seed saving workshop followed the open house on April 28. The workshop taught participants about the benefits to saving seeds, how to properly harvest seeds, and how to properly store seeds. A local grower donated seed to get the library started and these seeds were available to take at the end of the workshop. Twenty-five individuals took advantage of the workshops and 100% of participants reported an increase in knowledge. The most popular areas included the worm composting, hoop house, and seed library.

  • Approximately 330 senior-age 4-H youth (ages 14-19) came together on May 6-8 at the NRA Whittington Center in Raton for the annual State 4-H Shooting Sports competition. Each contestant had to qualify in their shooting discipline at the county competition in order to be able to shoot at the state competition. All winning teams are eligible to go on to compete at the National 4-H Shooting Sports Competition in Grand Island, Nebraska being held on June 26th -July 1st. The following teams won in their respective disciplines: Air Rifle-San Juan County, Air Pistol - Valencia County, Archery Compound - Valencia County, Archery Recurve - Dona Ana County, Hunting-Grant County, Muzzleloader - Dona Ana County, Pistol-Dona Ana County, Rifle - Valencia County, Shotgun-Lea County. Through participation in firearm safety training and shooting sports activities, young men and women are given the opportunity to learn responsibility, sportsmanship, self-discipline, and other qualities critical to developing productive citizens.

Family and Consumer Sciences

  • As part of their final class project students, Juan Carrasco, Zachary Garcia, Alejandra Gonzalez, Isaac Lawrence, and Amanda Nicole held a fashion show to showcase the garments they created as part of their Apparel Design by Draping course. The 75 people who attended the event commented on the talent and creativity of the student designers. Melinda Chavez, Clothing, Textiles, and Fashion Merchandising faculty member, is the course instructor.

  • Thirty students from Hatch Valley High School toured the Family and Consumer Sciences department and learned about majors and career opportunities in the department. They tasted gelato, observed the demonstration of a spray food dryer, and heard presentations from students and faculty members.

Media Productions/Learning Games Lab

  • The NMSU Learning Games Lab has released a new iPad app, Night of the Living Debt. In this financial literacy game, players survive the zombie outbreak by managing debts and using credit wisely. Excellent for group learning activities or in the classroom, the app was designed for high schoolers and was produced with support from the University of Idaho Extension, CoBANK, and Northwest Youth Financial Education. Available Free at the iOS App Store: Night of the Living Debt.