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 throughout the winter months.  We are currently growing lettuce as heads and loose-leaf cut lettuce under row cover and without row cover, and in hoop houses for comparison.  Stayed tuned for results.

Research and Demonstration Vineyard

In the Summer of 2018, we began revitalization efforts on our vineyard that had originally been used in UNR viticulture academic course programming and research.

Past Projects

Raspberry Trials
Working with the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program and Northern Nevada farmers, this project dedicated one hoop house to raspberry production at the Agriculture Experiment Station Valley Road site for two years. The DFI planted multiple varieties of raspberries, and monitored their performance.  All information on varietal selection, planting techniques, pruning practices, time to maturity, and yield was recorded in order to create a online-to tool for growing in a hoop house. This project completed in 2017.

Cucumbers in Hoop Houses
In cooperation with the Specialty Crop Institute, the Desert Farming Initiative performed cucumber trials in a hoop house during the 2014 spring and summer season. We trialed two types of trellising systems with 3 different varieties.

Fall 2013: The first season at the High Desert Farming Initiative