October 27, 2014
After three years of intensive work, research and education New Mexico State University’s student plots have been certified organic by the New Mexico Department of Agriculture and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
“Personally, I am very excited to be involved in this organic certification effort,” said Mark Uchanski, associate professor of horticulture in the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences. ”Many individuals worked very hard to make this happen, and I couldn’t be more thankful and proud of their contributions. To my knowledge, this is the first property on Las Cruces’ campus to be certified organic, and that presents new opportunities to our students.”
The event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Oct. 29 at the NMSU Student Research and Education Gardens just south of the University Alumni and Visitor Center located at 775 College Drive.
There will also be organic produce and student-made gelato available for purchase in the Crimson Creations student-run retail store from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Students in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences learn how to grow, sell, use and market organic produce at the Student Gardens located behind Gerald Thomas Hall.
The Student Gardens began planting in 2012 with the purpose of giving agriculture students real-life working experience.