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Urban Roots hosts Craig Sponholtz to teach sustainable water use workshop for farmers, students


olympus-digital-camera-45URBAN ROOTS NEWS — World-renown water systems expert, Craig Sponholtz visits Reno to discuss sustainable water management in large & small-scale land production. This workshop hosted by Urban Roots with Loping Coyote comes at a great time as drought concerns are amplified in Western Nevada.

“Agricultural interests and water users need to be very proactive in managing resources this year.” This course will teach farmers how to restore our watershed while maximizing climate appropriate crops for the high desert.

The workshop is February 8 – 9, 2014.


The two-day workshop ($200) will explore the landscape, discuss erosion controls and apply efficient wind and snow management techniques with hands-on demonstrations. The study of agroecology aims to combine traditional knowledge, alternative agriculture, and local food system experiences to manage land use sustainably.

Craig Sponholtz has over 20 years of experience in watershed restoration using his degree in Agro-Ecological Restoration around the world. He studied at the Permaculture Research institute in Australia and continues to travel, teach, and collaborate with masters in the field to develop must-know principals that ensure water-related projects are practical, economically viable and harmonious with natural processes.

The workshop is part of an ongoing Permaculture Design Certification course being offered at the Urban Roots farm with collaboration from Loping Coyote. The courses are scheduled throughout the year and open to the public. Neil Bertrando of Loping Coyote developed the curriculum to include site visits and practical applications for urban and rural farmers across Nevada, including FarmCorps members, developing hoop houses at the UNR Valley Road Agricultural Station with the High Desert Farming Initiative.

For details or to register, visit urgc.org, call 775-636-5105, or email [email protected]

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