By Audry Olmsted: New Mexico State University
Want to get a jump on next year’s garden? One way is to build a hoop house to extend the growing season into late winter.
New Mexico State University’s Roosevelt County Cooperative Extension Service hosted a free construction workshop Wednesday at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds.
“I believe this workshop provided growers with the tools necessary to implement this technology in their own operations and open up new windows of opportunity,” said Patrick Kircher, extension agricultural agent. “I wanted attendees to interact and gain insight into opportunities available that might fall outside of the perceived norm. This will be a great opportunity to think outside the box.”
Participants got hands-on experience while learning how to build a hoop-house structure, which is 12 feet wide by 32 feet long and made of PVC pipe, wood and greenhouse plastic covering. Del Jimenez, Extension agriculture specialist and designer of the hoop-house structure, conducted the training.
This is one of several hoop-house workshops being held around the state. It is in response to a request by gardeners and farmers market vendors to learn more about extending the growing season with hoop houses.
“During a series of workshops for farmers market vendors, the producers indicated they would like to know more about extending the growing season with hoop houses,” said Michael Patrick, NMSU Extension community resource and economic development specialist.
Patrick is coordinating the statewide program, which is paid for by a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant.
“We are providing these trainings to fulfill that request,” he said.
Information or to see the hoop house: Patrick Kircher at 356-4417.