Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Grow Your Own, Nevada!

This summer, the 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).

Classes include:
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

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