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's is to advance and strengthen sustainable agriculture and food systems in Nevada that can be transferred to other desert climates. Demonstrate:  Operate a diverse commercial farm and demonstrate...
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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...
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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.
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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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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