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College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES)



 UPDATE: August 1, 2022


Our retail shop is open to the public. Masks are optional; we respect your choice.

We are located on the campus of New Mexico State University, in Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 265 (940 College Drive). We are open Monday through Friday from 8:00am-12:00pm and from 1:00pm-5:00pm. Please call (575)646-3028 for more information. 

Our online shop is open (click on the"Store" tab at the top of this page) and orders are being shipped daily; however, deliveries may take a little longer to reach you due to increased demands faced by UPS and the US Postal Service. We are still offering local, curbside delivery of seeds and merchandise for those who would rather purchase items this way.

Our 2022 Teaching Garden is now open.

Our Garden is located at the Fabian Garcia Research Center. You can park at 140 W. University Avenue (the Fabian Garcia Botanical Garden). Walk through the Botanical Garden, heading east (toward the mountains). Go through the gate in the chain link fence to our garden. Garden Guides are located in a mailbox attached to our garden sign.

Please use caution when walking through the garden, as the terrain is uneven and can be slippery after we irrigate.

Thanks for your support,

Staff of the Chile Pepper Institute

The Chile Pepper Institute is the only international, non-profit organization devoted to education and research related to Capsicum, or chile peppers. Established in 1992, the Institute builds on the research of chile peppers since the famous horticulturalist Fabian Garcia (the father of the U.S. chile pepper industry) began standardizing chile pepper varieties in 1888. The Institute is located on the New Mexico State University campus, Las Cruces, NM in Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 265 (575-646-3028). In the Institute visitors will discover chile research posters, chile pepper books, art, and hundreds of high-demand and hard-to-find chile pepper seed varieties. To visit our online shop click on the "Store" link at the top of this page.

Because we are located on a university campus with parking restrictions and regulations, we require ALL VISITORS to sign in at the Institute with the following information to avoid a parking ticket:

  1. Model of Vehicle

  2. Color

  3. License Plate Number