University of Nevada Cooperative Extension is teaching Nevadans how to grow safe, fresh, organic produce at home and in school and community gardens without spending a lot of money. The "Grow Your Own, Nevada!" classes are scheduled every Monday through August 26, and focus on "back-to-basics" techniques for producing plentiful harvests. Designed to get Nevadans of all ages active outdoors, "Grow Your Own, Nevada!" welcomes all students, even ones who may not have considered learning to garden before.
"Many communities in Nevada are considered "food deserts," because they have limited access to fresh, healthy foods," said Heidi Kratsch, Cooperative Extension horticulture specialist. "We’re trying to change that by offering these courses to help Nevadans turn their backyards, schoolyards, and community spaces into sustainable, edible gardens."
Classes run from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m., and can be attended live in Reno, or via video conference at extension offices throughout the state. Classes in Reno are $15 per person, or $50 to attend all eight. Local K-12 teachers may attend classes for free with proper identification. All other locations, where classes will be available via video conference, fees vary from free to $15 per course. When registering for classes, click here to fill out the online form, or call the cooperative extension office directly (listed below).
July 8: A Community of Gardeners Film & Panel Discussion
July 15: Composting in Small Places
July 22: Reducing Food Safety Risks in Home, School, and Community Gardens
July 29: Kids in the Garden
Aug. 5: What’s Wrong with My Plant?
Aug. 12: Urban Organic Farming
Aug. 19: Native Plants for Garden Pollinators
Aug. 26: Garden Design & Function
Classes are available at the following Cooperative Extension offices:
815 N. Second St., Battle Mountain, 775-635-5565
2621 Northgate Lane, Ste. 15, Carson City, 775-887-2252
701 Walnut St., Elko, 775-738-7291
701 S. Main St., Eureka, 775-237-5326
111 Scheckler Road, Fallon, 775-423-5121
1325 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville, 775-782-9960
314 Fifth St., Hawthorne, 775-945-3444
810 Sixth St., Lovelock, 775-273-2923
100 Academic Way, Owyhee, 775-385-9164
1651 E. Calvada Blvd., Pahrump, 775-727-5532
4955 Energy Way, Reno, 775-784-4848
1 Frankie St. Old Courthouse, Tonopah, 775-482-6794
1085 Fairgrounds Road, Winnemucca, 775-623-6304
504 S. Main St., Yerington, 775-463-6541