AgriLife Extension’s Spring Community Horticulture Workshop slated for March 6 in Marfa

Multi-county program to offer a wide range of topics

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576,

Contacts: Jesse Lea Schneider, 432-729-4746,

Logan Boswell, 432-837-6207,


MARFA – A wide range of topics sure to please any Far West Texas gardener will be presented during the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Spring Community Horticulture Workshop set from 8 a.m.-3:45 p.m. March 6 in the City Hall Casner Room, 113 S. Highland in Marfa, said program organizers.

The workshop is being conducted by the AgriLife Extension offices in Presidio and Brewster/Jeff Davis counties.

Individual registration is $10. RSVP by March 1 to the AgriLife Extension office in Presidio County at 432-729-4746 or to the AgriLife Extension office for Brewster/Jeff Davis counties at 432-837-6207.

“A ‘bit of something for everyone,’ probably best describes our workshop,” said Jesse Lea Schneider, AgriLife Extension agent in Presidio County. “So whether you’re a fruit tree aficionado, love shade trees or are interested in helping others through work in a community garden, we’ll have all that and more during this educational event.

“Our slate of speakers are all top-notch and well-versed in ways to cope with the special circumstances unique to our arid and often unforgiving climate, while emphasizing the differentiation of high altitude versus low altitude selections. And, to top it all off, we’ll be giving away free pomegranate seedlings to all participants.”

Topics and speakers will include:

– Area Climate Overview, Fruit Tree Selection, Water Needs, Pruning, Summer Vegetable Selection, Pecan Tree Selection and Community Gardens, Denise Rodriquez, AgriLife Extension horticulturist, El Paso.


           – Area Climate Overview: Fruit Tree Selection, Water Needs, Pruning, Summer Vegetable Selection, Pecan Tree Selection and Community Gardens, Rodriquez.


– Shade Tree Selection, Oscar Mestas, Texas A&M Forest Service regional urban forester, El Paso.

– Common Garden Pests, Organic Insect Control and Pomegranates, Dr. Mark Muegge, AgriLife Extension entomologist, Fort Stockton.

– Composting, Mark Foster, gardening professional, Alpine.

For more information, contact Schneider at 432-729-4746, or Logan Boswell, AgriLife Extension agent for Brewster/Jeff Davis counties, at 432-837-6207, .


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