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2020 Sustainable Agriculture Fall Workshop Series

Thursdays, October 1st through November 5th
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Due to the global health emergency, the NM WSARE program will forgo the traditional NM Sustainable Agriculture Conference this year. In its place, a series of webinars will be presented that focus on the many aspects that make a farm sustainable in New Mexico. Topics include: Seed saving, preventing herbicide-resistant weeds, promoting beneficial insects, growing vegetables in NM, fruit tree pruning, and drip irrigation.

To receive an invitation to attend the Zoom meetings, please click the registration links below and provide an email to sign up for each workshop.

October 1st - Seed Saving and On-Farm Breeding

Access the recorded presentation for Seed Saving and On-Farm Breeding here.

Presented by Dr. Bradley Tonnessen, Program Specialist in Vegetable Extension. Learn what it takes to be your own plant breeder and understand concepts of genetics and plant selection.

October 8th – Strategies to Prevent Development and Spread of Herbicide-Resistant Weeds

Access the recorded presentation for Strategies to Prevent Development and Spread of Herbicide-Resistant Weeds here.

Weeds in the garden and farm can become resistant to our most depended-upon herbicide treatments. This workshop will help you to understand what this means for your crops. Learn from experts in the field from NMSU: Dr. Brian Schutte, Associate Professor, & Dr. Leslie Beck, Extension Weeds Specialist.


October 15th – Beneficial Insect Identification and Habitat Management

Access the recorded presentation for Beneficial Insect Identification and Habitat Management here.

Cultivating the insect ecosystem on your land is pertinent to sustainable agriculture. Dr. Amanda Skidmore, Extension Integrated Pest Management Specialist & Miranda Kersten will be presenting all about this subject.


October 22nd – Growing vegetables in NM – Managing challenges for an abundant harvest

Register for Growing vegetables in NM – Managing challenges for an abundant harvest here.

Dr. Stephanie Walker, Extension Vegetable Specialist, will give you an informative overview on the farming and gardening methods pertinent to the southwest climate and soil.


October 29th – Pruning Fruit Trees for Sustainable Production: Why, When, and How

Register Pruning Fruit Trees for Sustainable Production: Why, When, and How here.

Getting a grasp on fruit tree management, especially pruning, can be a difficult task. Dr. Marisa Thompson, Extension Urban Horticulture Specialist, will guide you through the process.

November 5th – Drip Irrigation on the Small Farm

Register for Drip Irrigation on the Small Farm here.

Did you ever want to learn how and why drip irrigation can be useful for your growing operation? Dr. Bradley Tonnessen, Program Specialist in Vegetable Extension, will map out what it takes to start with an empty field and install a working irrigation system.

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