Every Thursday starting April 21st through the end of September, DFI will host a Farm Stand at the UNR Main Station property. Farm Stand: 5895 Clean Water Way, Reno Thursdays: 3:30pm-6:00pm There are also DFI fresh vegetables available every day on campus at the Wolf Shop through the online farm… Continue Reading Farm Stand at Main Station!
The Desert Farming Initiative has had a great winter season – we couldn’t grow enough greens for Nevada! It is wonderful to see everyone supporting local food. Thank you to our customers! It is spring now and we need to get our hoop houses planted with summer crops. Sarah Krum,… Continue Reading Getting Ready for Summer
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