Fabién García, Pioneer Horticulturalist

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit." - Aristotle

This sentiment seems to fit no one better than Fabién García, New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts eminent researcher and academic leader. His legacy of excellence in both his professional and personal life inspired many in his time and continues to serve as an example at NMSU. García's achievement is all the more inspiring in view of his humble origins.

As a horticulturalist and director of NMSU's Agricultural Experiment Station García's work changed the face of New Mexico agriculture. He was one of only two people in the world experimenting with chile peppers during the early 20th century, he developed the first modern chile variety. His work in chile cultivation continues to be consulted today.

In this exhibit we invite you to discover his seemingly transparent celebrity and exceptional example.

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