The first NMSU acres certified for the purpose of research were at the Alcalde Sustainable Agriculture Science Center in 2002. We have continued to carry out much of our crops' research on these acres, including research grant projects that require, or prefer, certified organic acres (for example, grant-funded studies on medicinal and culinary herbs, common and tepary beans, and blue corn). The center has also grown most of our fruit under certified organic management. We offer producers information on how we follow organic methods for particular crops, what has worked and what has not, and what challenges we have faced. SASC strives to be a bridge and ally with organic and aspiring organic farmers in Northern New Mexico.
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