Organic Seed Propagation
The Desert Farming Initiative received a Specialty Crop Block Grant to provide Nevada farmers with an affordable and local organic propagation service. Non-local propagation services can be very expensive due to travel and shipping fees. The goal of this project is to provide a local propagation service to allow farmers to increase their potential to try new specialty crops, free up funds for other purchases and provide training in propagation techniques. As the propagation service becomes more successful we aim to train other individuals in our business model so that those looking to start plant propagation and expand their business can do so. Please contact us if you are interested in either organic or non-organic propagation services, which start at $15/128 slot tray.
Raspberry and Blackberry Maintenance Guide
Partnering with Jacobs Family Berry Farm in Gardnerville, the Desert Farming Initiative has created an online grower’s guide for red raspberries, black raspberries, and blackberries. Intended for use among local production scale growers to backyard gardeners. This tool is a free and easy-to-use resource that provides actions and insight from month to month.
In order to build awareness about the robust history of melon growing in Nevada, the Desert Farming Initiative has launched an ongoing campaign to leverage knowledge of the fruit’s success in Nevada into sales for farmers. In conjunction with Nevada Grown and local farmers we will encourage Nevadans and a national audience to think of melons as “sinfully sweet”. Contact us to get more information about using Nevada Melon branding for your own farming endeavors!