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.
Demonstrate: Operate a diverse commercial farming enterprise and demonstrate - best crop varieties and farming techniques that are economically viable, and sustainable farming systems that are successful in the Nevadan high desert climate. Education: Create...Read More "Mission"
Projects & Programs
Current Projects on our Farm Winter Field Lettuce In 2016 we received a Specialty Crop Block grant from the Nevada Department of Agriculture to trial different field production methods for producing Salanova varieties of lettuce...Read More "Projects & Programs"
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...Read More "The Farm"
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...Read More "Opportunities"
The Latest News From DFI
Click below to learn more about upcoming workshops, recent accomplishments, and opportunities to get involved with DFI.
Please come join us and support our program by helping us replant a 1 acre demonstration vineyard. We will be planting bare root cabernet franc...Read More "Vineyard Planting Day – Volunteers Needed!"
Every Saturday 9am to 12pm - Riverside @ McKinley Arts Center in Reno. You'll find fresh produce from the DFI farm and local honey from...Read More "Find our winter produce at the Riverside Farmers Market"
Have a look at our flyer and order form to take advantage of this unique local service! DFI Seed Propagation FlyerDownload Seed Propogation Order Form_DFIDownloadRead More "Propagating vegetable starts for NV growers and nurseries"
DFI and the Nevada Department of Agriculture are leading food safety trainings to assist growers with meeting the new federal regulations and guidance. See the...Read More "Food Safety Trainings for Nevada Growers"