CSA Program

New in 2019!

Desert Farming Initiative is excited to announce the launch of a new Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program for students, faculty, and staff of UNR’s College of Agriculture, Biotechnology, & Natural Resources. This is the first-ever CSA offered to the UNR community.

What is a CSA?

CSA, or community-supported agriculture, is a food production and distribution system that directly connects farmers and consumers. In short: people buy “shares” of a farm’s harvest in advance and then receive a portion of the crops as they’re harvested.

Programs Details

Receive 12 weeks of fresh, local food from Aug 22 – Nov 8, 2019.

Pick up dates and sites:

Thursdays from 2:00 – 4:30 p.m. in front of the Fleischmann Building

Fridays from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the DFI Pack House at the Valley Road Field Station


Family Box – $25/week

Individual Box – $15/week

15% student discount for either family or individual

Payment Options:

-Pay in two installments (first payment at the start of the program, second payment 6 weeks into the program)

-Pay in full upfront for all 12 weeks and receive a 10% discount (non-students only, students already receive a 15% discount)

CSA Highlights:

-Variety of produce provided in each box (Including tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, carrots, beets, radishes, basil, zucchini, squash, melons, winter squash, parsnips, lettuce, Kale, Chard, collards, herbs, etc.).

-All produce grown with organic farming practices.

-All proceeds help fund student employment opportunities at the farm and demonstration farm projects.

How to Sign Up

First come first serve.  30-40 spots available to CABNR Faculty, Staff, and Students only.  Payment can be received by cash, check or card.  Email to dfi@cabnr.unr.edu with CSA Application in the subject line.  Please include contact information and what size share box you would like, and DFI staff will contact you in person to set up your membership and receive payment.

Donate a Share Box Program

DFI is partnering with Pack Provisions at UNR in efforts to supply more fresh locally grown produce to food insecure students. We are seeking donations to fund individual shares for the full 12 week program. A 25% discount is applied to all donation share purchases. 12 week program costs $135. Consider helping out and providing more UNR students with nutritious food!

About DFI

DFI began in 2013, and is a collaboration between the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), College of Agriculture, Biotechnology, and Natural Resources, Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station (NAES), and Cooperative Extension. DFI is a diversified commercial farm at UNR which serves as a demonstration, education, outreach, and research farming program.  The program has two farm locations on NAES land, and is comprised of multiple hoop houses, greenhouses, the capacity to produce 12 acres of row crops, and a 2-acre vineyard.  Currently there is a variety of fruits and vegetables grown for commercial sale to local wholesale and retail markets across the greater Reno area. DFI supports student hands-on learning, UNR research, demonstration of desert crop production, and outreach to the agricultural industry.