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UNR Field Day Set for Sept. 26 at Valley Road Greenhouse Complex


The Greenhouse Complex, visible from Interstate 80, may be the most recognized part of the University of Nevada, Reno’s Agricultural Experiment Station on Valley Road.

The University of Nevada Reno’s Experiment Station’s annual field day is scheduled for September 26, 2015. Normally at Main Station on McCarran Boulevard, this year it will be at the Valley Road Greenhouse Complex at 910 Valley Road.

Free activities include food samples, giveaways and local chef Mark Estee demonstrating cooking  with local food.

“Our College, Cooperative Extension and the Agricultural Experiment Station have been historic partners in innovation and delivery of evidence-based knowledge to Nevadans for over a century,” said Bill Payne, dean of the University’s College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources. “This event celebrates that and shows Nevadans the value of our work to their lives today and to Nevada’s future.”

The event is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“This is the very property on which Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station was founded,” said Payne. “At this year’s event, we are especially pleased to be able to honor the heirs of the families who made the experiment station a reality in 1899.”

A list of activities includes:

  • Reno Local Food Group’s cooking demonstration and samples with Estee, featuring the University’s Wolf Pack Meats and Desert Farming Initiative’s produce
  • A farmers market, with Desert Farming Initiative produce for sale
  • Urban Roots’ Desert Hops Project information, with growing and brewing tips
  • A hoop house-building demonstration and greenhouse tours
  • Nutrition information, including samples of vegetables and healthy beverage alternatives for kids
  • 4-H Youth Programs featuring dairy goats, small animals and a take-home science experiment for kids
  • Wool-spinning demonstrations
  • Beekeeping demonstrations
  • Information on the dangers of radon, and free radon test kits for homeowners
  • Living With Fire’s Ember House, an activity for youth showing how wildfire embers endanger homes

Battle Born and All Wrapped Up food trucks will also be on location to purchase lunch.

Admission to the event and parking are free. Registration is requested at http://www.cabnr.unr.edu/fieldday/registration.aspx or 775-784-1660.

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