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
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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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...
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The Farm
In addition to acting as a demonstration and research resource in Nevada, DFI operates a year round commercial farm producing a large variety of vegetables and fruit. Produce is available to the public via the...
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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.
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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Celebrating Cesar Chavez
KOLO TV caught up with the Desert Farming Initiative on Cesar Chavez day of service where we hosted students at our farm on campus. In...
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Intern Interview: Kaitlin Woodburn
It is always fun to get to know the people behind the farm. Our interns are a big key to our overall success here at the Desert...
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Access Raspberry and Blackberry Tips From Your Home
“There’s an app for that,” is a phrase trademarked by Apple in 2010 as a comment on the diversity of the ever-growing sector of phone...
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