Desert Farming Initiative

Desert Farming Initiative

University of Nevada, Reno - Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station

About Us

The Desert Farming Initiative (DFI) began in 2013, and is in collaboration between the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), College of Agriculture, Biotechnology, and Natural Resources, Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station (NAES), and Cooperative Extension. The DFI is a diversified commercial farm at UNR which serves as a demonstration, education, outreach, and research farming program. Click below to learn more about our program.
The mission of the Desert Farming Initiative is to advance and strengthen sustainable agriculture and food systems in Nevada that can be transferred and replicated in other desert climates. Demonstrate: Operate a diverse commercial farm...
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Current Projects on our Farm Diversified Farming and Crop Trialing for the High Desert  Establish an economically successful small-scale diversified, organic farming operation to serve as a model farm for Northern Nevada. Increase demonstration of best...
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The Farm
At the Desert Farming Initiative, agriculture thrives in the heart of Reno! In addition to acting as a demonstration and research resource in Nevada, DFI operates a year-round commercial farm producing a large variety of...
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Thank you so much for your interest in the Desert Farming Initiative (DFI). We are very grateful to those interested in learning or working at DFI.  We are continually looking for ways to expand and...
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The Latest News From DFI

Click below to learn more about upcoming workshops, recent accomplishments, and opportunities to get involved with DFI.
Our COVID-19 Response
DFI is taking extra measures to ensure that our staff are protected and our produce is safe during this COVID-19 outbreak. We are working hard...
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Produce Safety: Farm to Table in Northern Nevada
This short documentary (now posted on YouTube) showcases three Nevada farms, the DROPP food hub and Liberty Food and Wine Exchange!
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2020 Nevada Produce Safety Survey
Calling all Nevada vegetable and fruit growers - Please take 5 minutes to fill out the 2020 Nevada Produce Safety Survey! The Desert Farming Initiative...
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Winter Cover Crops for Nevada Agriculture
Cover crops are an essential agricultural soil management practice, with proven benefits of increasing and maintaining soil health, stabilizing soil from erosion, controlling noxious and...
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The Results Are In: Winter Lettuce Trial at DFI
As the summer months start to fade into memories here in Northern Nevada, many of us begin to long for the days of fresh salads...
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DFI Launches First-Ever CSA, New Farm Stand at UNR
Today, the Desert Farming Initiative is pleased to announce the launch of the first-ever Community Supported Agriculture program, as well as a brand new farm...
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The work accomplished by DFI would not be possible without the generous support of our funders and community partners. Interested in supporting DFI? Contact DFI Program Manager Charles Schembre at