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.
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...
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Current Projects on our Farm Sustainable Produce Packaging - 2019 Summer Internship The Desert Farming Initiative is reducing single-use plastics in produce packaging! Intern Kaitlyn Crannell evaluated DFI packaging, surveyed plastic use at area farmers...
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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.
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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Vineyard Planting Day – Volunteers Needed!
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...
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Workshop on Produce Safety in Nevada
For Small Growers and Organic Operations Friday  ·  May 3, 2019  ·  2-5pm Agricultural Experiment Station at 920 Valley Road, Reno Join us for an...
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Find our winter produce at the Riverside Farmers Market
Every Saturday 9am to 12pm - Riverside @ McKinley Arts Center in Reno. You'll find fresh produce from the DFI farm and local honey from...
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Propagating vegetable starts for NV growers and nurseries
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_DFIDownload
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Food Safety Trainings for Nevada Growers
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...
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