Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D.
- Ph.D., Horticulture, Washington State University, 2001
- M.S., Agriculture Biology, New Mexico State University, 1996
- B.S., Horticulture, New Mexico State University, 1994
- Horticultural Systematics (HORT 232, 3 credits).
This is a required course for students majoring in Horticulture. The course explores the biosystematics and taxonomy of horticultural plants and includes a weekly laboratory session
- Small Fruit Culture (HORT 431, 3 credits).
This is an elective course for the Horticulture major. In this course students study the biology and production of small fruit crops including strawberries, blueberries, brambles and grapes. This course is offered on an alternate year basis and includes a weekly laboratory session.
- Independent Studies (HORT 296 or 496, 1-2 credits).
Students enroll in HORT 296 or 496, depending on individual needs. To earn credit, students conduct supervised research studies or research a plant family and present it during a laboratory session for the Plant Systematics course. To date 32 students have prepared and presented laboratory sessions and 2 students have conducted supervised research studies.
- Integrated Crop Management (AGESS 461, 3 credits).
This is a required capstone course for the Agroecosystems major. The course is designed to help students develop problem-solving and communication skills through case studies and field trips to agricultural operations. I co-taught the course from 2002-2005.
- Be a Master Student (AG 150S, 2 credits).
This is a freshman seminar course that is required for all Agriculture majors. I co-taught this course in 2006 and 2007.
- Organic Vegetable and Small Fruit Production (HORT 497A, 3 credits).
This course examines the science, art and practices of organic vegetable and small fruit production.
- Sustainable Production Techniques for Vegetable Crops
This program was developed to support and strengthen the sustainable and organic vegetable industries. Objectives of this program are twofold: 1) to expand on the existing research-based information available in the area of environmentally sustainable vegetable production and 2) to disseminate information for promoting knowledge and skills on environmentally sustainable vegetable production to vegetable growers, college students, research and extension personnel and industry representatives.
My focus has been on studying production methods including nutrient management issues and pest management strategies. Trials have been conducted in field settings as well as in high tunnels and have evaluated several crops including broccoli, edamame, radishes, carrots, bell peppers and pumpkins.
- Sustainable Production Techniques for Small Fruit Crops
This program was developed to support the sustainable and organic small fruit industries, including strawberries, blueberries and brambles, and to augment the Small Fruits Course. Objectives of this program are twofold: 1) to expand on and disseminate information on the latest in environmentally sustainable techniques for small fruit production that can be readily used and 2) to augment the HORT 431 – Small Fruit Culture course by providing a platform for hands-on opportunities and leading edge information.
To date, research projects have focused on pest management of raspberries as well as season extension of strawberries.
- Research and develop alternative crops for small-acreage growers
- Investigate different management methods for horticultural production systems
Recent Referred Publications:
(for extension publications, see the Sustainable Horticulture Site)
- Sánchez, E., W.J. Lamont, Jr. and M.D. Orzolek. 2007. Newspaper Mulches for Suppressing Weeds for Organic High Tunnel Cucumber Production. HortTechnology 18(1):154-157.
- Sánchez, E. and R. Craig. Undergraduate Students as University Instructors: Students Teaching Students. 2007. HortTechnology 17(2):258-261.
- Sánchez, E. and R. Craig. 2007. Strengthening Teaching Effectiveness through Collaborative Learning Activities. HortTechnology 17(2):254-257.
- Montri, D.N., K.M. Kelley and E.S. Sánchez. 2006. Consumer Interest in Fresh, Inshell Edamame and Acceptance of Edamame-based Patties. HortScience 41(7):1616-1622.
- Montri, D., K. Kelley and E. Sánchez. 2006. Direct marketing edamame (Glycine max [L.] Merrill) to professional chefs. Journal of Extension volume 44(1). Article number 1RIB4. http://www.joe.org/joe/2006february/rb4.shtml.
- Kelley, K.M. and Sánchez, E.S. 2005. Accessing and Understanding Consumer Awareness of and Potential Demand for Edamame. HortScience 40:1347-1353.
- Sánchez, E., K. Kelley and L. Butler. 2005. Effect of Seedling Emergence on Edamame Production. HortTechnology 15:672-676.