Organic Propagation

The Desert Farming Initiative (DFI) will be accepting orders starting in December 2019 for the 2020 growing season. DFI provides high quality organic plants starts for commercial farms, large gardens, schools, and nurseries.  All plant starts are grown in the DFI certified organic greenhouse.  The DFI is the only certified organic greenhouse in the state offering bulk orders of organic plant starts for sale.  We accept orders for any standard vegetable grown in North American climates, and will grow any desired variety.  All vegetable varieties requested must be purchased as a whole flat.  The DFI does not sell individual plants or individual six-pack cells (exceptions for schools and non-profits).  A minimum of 1 flat ordered per variety is required. There will be a plant sale in Spring at the farm where home gardeners can purchase individual plants.

The service is designed to offer growers the opportunity to have a source of organic plant starts that are Nevada Grown, or availability of rare, unique, and or heirloom varieties that otherwise can not be purchased in standard commercial nurseries or garden centers.  In addition, the DFI staff can help assist in making the decision about best vegetable varieties grow in your region, or what varieties are most desirable for purchase in the local markets.  We can also assist with deciding which seed source to go with.  If you are not a certified organic grower, don’t worry, this service is still offered and encouraged.

The greenhouse is currently certified organic by Basin and Range Organics, but we will be transitioning our certification to CCOF.

How does it work?  Fill out the order form below and send it to Email Program Manager, Charles Schembre or call 775-682-9783 if you have any questions about vegetable varieties and or seed companies.  You can download the order form below.

2020 Season Pricing

We have changed our pricing system from 2019. All flats will have a standard rate of $25 per flat no matter the quantity purchased. Seeds must be provided for the $25/flat rate, and the seeds must be certified organic if available. If organic seed is not available for a particular variety, we will need proof that 3 seed sources have been researched. If you would like us to order seed there will be an additional cost for the seed, which will require a quote. Please indicate on the form if you intend to provide seed. Seed can be mailed or delivered.

Flat Options – $25/ flat

128 cell flat 

72 cell flat (can be ordered as six packs)

3 in pots – 18 pots per flat

All orders must be picked up. In special cases delivery may be an option with an additional cost. We may be able to consider mailing plant starts but this will come with a large additional cost that will have to estimated.

Mailing Address: 1664 N. Virginia Street Mailstop 221, Reno, NV 89557

Email Program Manager, Charles Schembre or call 775-682-9783