CSA Program

Crates of carrots and beets

Coming soon again in 2020!

Desert Farming Initiative is excited to launch a second season of our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program for students, faculty, and staff of UNR’s College of Agriculture, Biotechnology, & Natural Resources.

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.

Program Details

TBD …pending results of a survey of 2019 members

Each CSA box includes a variety of produce (such as tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, carrots, beets, radishes, basil, zucchini, squash, melons, winter squash, parsnips, lettuce, kale, chard, collards, herbs, etc.). All produce is certified organic by CCOF.

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

How to Sign Up

First come first serve.  Spots available to CABNR Faculty, Staff, and Students only.  Payment can be received by cash, check or card.  Registration to open soon! Email dfi@cabnr.unr.edu with questions.

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 will be seeking donations to fund individual shares in the program. A 25% discount is applied to all donation share purchases. Consider helping out and providing more UNR students with nutritious food! Stay tuned for registration…

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.