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.
Mission
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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Projects
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 University Organic 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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Opportunities
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.
AmeriCorps Service at DFI
Tanner Petrilla just finished his AmeriCorps service at DFI, here is his story from the farm... "Prior to my AmeriCorps Service at Desert Farming Initiative...
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DFI Announces Drive-Through Plant Sale
***DUE TO AN OVERWHELMING RESPONSE TO THIS PROGRAM, WE HAVE REACHED CAPACITY IN LESS THAN 24 HOURS! WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING FURTHER ORDERS FOR MAY...
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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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Funders

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 cschembre@unr.edu.