November 19, 2010

Growing program expands to Yerington

Specialty Crop Workshops On Tap

Demand for locally-grown food continues to rise, and an increasing number of Northern Nevada farmers are interested in growing fresh produce for consumers. However, many do not have the knowledge or training to produce these specialty crops.

In response to this need, Western Nevada College Specialty Crop Institute announces an Introduction to Specialty Crop Production Workshop for the commercial grower. The one-day workshop will be Friday, Nov. 19, at the Jeanne Dini Cultural Center in Yerington. Cost is $15 if registered by November 11, $25 after November 11. Lunch is included.

Participants will learn what products are considered specialty crops, and gain an understanding of the potential for growing and selling these high-value, direct-marketed crops in Northern Nevada. Topics will include hoop houses and season extension practices, viticulture, Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs) and more. Three local farmers will discuss their successes in specialty crop production.

The Nevada Department of Agriculture will present a session on the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program that provides funding to individuals and groups for projects to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. These projects include research, promotion, marketing, food safety, education, product development and more. Staff will be on hand throughout the day to answer questions about the program and other NDOA programs.

For workshop registration or details, contact Ann Louhela at 775-351-2551 or louhelaa@wnc.edu.

Press Release: November 4, 2010

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