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NMSU holds small-scale sustainable chile workshop at Alcalde

New Mexico

Raising chile in Northern New Mexico is a tradition that many farmers continue today. To provide them with the latest information regarding raising the crop, New Mexico State University's Sustainable Agriculture Science Center in Alcalde is hosting a free, half-day Small-scale Sustainable Chile Workshop from 8 a.m. to noon, Thursday, April 16.

"Scientific and technical advances have been made in organic and integrated sustainable chile production in recent years, and it's important to inform small-scale chile growers about innovative new management practices," said Charles Martin, agricultural specialist at the Alcalde center. "With a resurgent interest by consumers and growers alike in traditional chile varieties and flavorful, artisanal chile products, this workshop is timely in helping small-scale growers meet the increasing demand of this niche market."

Topics to be discussed include:

--Bio-fumigation prospects for soil disease management by Mark Uchanski, NMSU assistant professor in the department of plant science.

--Inter-seeding chile for fertility and weed management by Steve Guldan, NMSU professor and Alcalde science center superintendent.

--Farmer-based chile breeding and line selection by Joshua Cravans, organic grower and seed breeder at Jardin del Alma in Monticello, N.M.

--Conserving traditional food ways and culture: Chile in New Mexico by Lois Stanford, associate professor in the department of anthropology.

--Chile research update and outlook at Alcalde by Martin.

For more information or directions to the Alcalde experiment station, contact Charles Martin by email at cmartin@nmsu.edu or call 505-852-4241.

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