The weather has been wacky this year, but we are ready for spring planting! At DFI, one of our greenhouses is dedicated to growing seedlings, not only for our farm, but for other farmers in Northern Nevada as well. As you can tell from the picture, some of our tomato plants… Continue Reading Ready for Spring!
With an average day temperature in the mid-50’s and night temperature close to freezing, our tomatoes are nice and cozy in the greenhouse. We are trying out a determinate variety of tomatoes called BHN-589 for future hoop house planting. So far, the tomatoes are growing to a good size and the few we… Continue Reading Baby, it’s cold outside!
With snow falling and temperatures forecasted to be in the teens, we are protecting our plants to get them through the winter season. In Hoop House #3, we are protecting our arugula not only with the closed hoop house, but also using low tunnels – hoops placed in the ground and covered… Continue Reading Tunnel Protection
As part of a Specialty Crop Block Grant, the DFI is growing 4 varieties of raspberries in a hoop house. They were planted this past spring and we saw a few 1st year berries this week. We anticipate selling raspberries to our customers next year and learning a lot about… Continue Reading Raspberries!
Two University of Nevada, Reno students are using our farm as the place for their graduate research. Sonia Heckler and Bonnie Wood are installing weather stations both inside and outside the hoop houses in order to study microclimates and water usage. The projects will start at the DFI and expand… Continue Reading Research at Work
We received our GAP Food Safety Audit this week. Ashley Jeppson from the Nevada Department of Agriculture came by to review our materials and inspect our site. For questions on GAP documents and audits, visit our GAP page to view our SOP and video.
Come join us at Nevada Field Day, September 26th from 9am-2pm. You can get an up-close look at our hoop houses and buy our Nevada vegetables at the farm stand!
Our new UNR intern, Bruce Martin, is gaining valuable insight on hoop house production. He has learned to harvest an assorted number of vegetables and box them according to GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) procedures. We asked how he likes his new job, he said, “I certainly have an appreciation for… Continue Reading Meet Our Intern
In the past two years, we have come to realize that Flea Beetles wreck major havoc on growing greens. Almost overnight, you see circular holes in your greens that render them unsellable. In advance of our fall planting, we put down a few seeds of Mizuna to see if we… Continue Reading Flea Beetles Please Stand Up
Aren’t they beautiful? We are growing Touchstone Gold beets here at the farm. We “overwintered” these beets in our hoop houses hoping to get a jump on the market this spring. Although they didn’t come in as fast as we hoped, they have a nice shape and color. We will… Continue Reading Beautiful Beets