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University of Nevada, Reno to host event on May 2.

Claudene Wharton, Communications and Senior Marketing Specialist

May 18, 2023

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At Nevada Field Day & Ag Expo on June 2, the University of Nevada, Reno will bring a variety of its research and work done throughout the state to its Valley Road Field Lab and Greenhouse Complex in Reno, where visitors will be treated to hands-on activities, wine tasting, a farm stand, a plant sale, demonstrations, giveaways, and tours and exhibits featuring university research.

The university’s College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources, with its Experiment Station and Extension units, is hosting the event, 3 – 7 p.m., at the facility located at 920 Valley Road.

The event will be buzzing with activities at more than 40 booths focusing on the latest advancements in agriculture, horticulture, nutrition, natural resources and the environment. A Main Stage will feature demonstrations on practical things such as container gardening to attract pollinators from Extension Master Gardeners and protecting your home from wildfire embers from Extension’s Living With Fire Program.

“This is great time of year for people to visit the University’s Valley Road Field Lab,” said Bill Payne, dean of the College. “There will be a lot to see and do, and it really helps people understand how we blend the missions of the University in terms of teaching, research and engaging with our communities to serve Nevadans in their everyday lives.”

The Field Lab is home to the Experiment Station’s Desert Farming Initiative, which will be selling its organic produce and plant starts at the event, as well as providing a self-guided tour showing organic farming practices and hoop house production. In addition, the Initiative’s student interns will be showing and telling about their projects, such as climate-smart farming, food sovereignty, food security and perennial crops production.

The Initiative runs a commercial farm, including orchards, open fields, hoop houses and a greenhouse, and seeks to advance climate-smart farming and food sovereignty through demonstration, education, research and outreach.

The Valley Road Field Lab also hosts a variety of other research projects, and guided tours will be provided.

About the Author(s)

Claudene Wharton

Communications and Senior Marketing Specialist, University of Nevada, Reno

Wharton has more than 30 years of experience in collaborative leadership, community engagement, government and media relations, program development and implementation, fund development and fundraising, management and strategic communications for nonprofit organizations and institutions of higher education.

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