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 and transfer knowledge to other desert climates. Demonstrate: Operate a diverse commercial farm and demonstrate -...Read More "Mission"
Current Projects on our Farm Winter Field Lettuce In 2019, DFI wrapped up a field lettuce trial made possible with a Specialty Crop Block Grant from the Nevada Department of Agriculture. The project goal was...Read More "Projects"
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.
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...Read More "Winter Cover Crops for Nevada Agriculture"
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...Read More "The Results Are In: Winter Lettuce Trial at DFI"
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...Read More "DFI Launches First-Ever CSA, New Farm Stand at UNR"
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!"