UNR Hosts Annual Farm Field Day this Weekend

Farm Field Day at Main Station Farm
Farm Field Day at Main Station Farm. Image: Carla O’Day

Hands-on activities and information focusing on the latest advancements in agriculture, horticulture, nutrition, and natural resources are scheduled Sept. 8 at the Nevada Main Station Field Lab, 5895 Clean Water Way.

The schedule is as follows:

  • 9 a.m. event opens
  • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. food trucks
  • 10 a.m. cooking demonstration with chef Mark Estee
  • 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Wolf Pack Meats tour
  • 10:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. walking tour of sheep and wool facilities
  • 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. walking tour of cattle facilities
  • 3 p.m. event closes
Hands-on activities for children are featured at the Farm Field Day.
Hands-on activities for children are featured at the Farm Field Day. Image: Carla O’Day

Admission is free.

The University of Nevada, Reno College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources; the Cooperative Extension and the agricultural experiment station are putting on the event.

The cooperative extension’s Master Gardener volunteers will provide information on fall planting and pruning, vegetable gardening and other topics for home gardeners.

The Desert Farming Initiative will be holding a farmers’ market and selling local produce. Plants grown in the university’s greenhouses will also be for sale to support future research and graduate student work.

Demonstrations include assistive technologies to help with obstacles to gardening and agricultural production, implementing conservation measures in an urban setting, attracting pollinator insects, safely managing pests, and low-water use crops and plants.

Events for youth include a 4-H activity that involves “upcycling” plastic into either mobiles or sculptures, an “ember house” bean-bag toss to teach children about wildfire threats, a garden necklace craft using live plants, and agricultural literacy.

For more information, call 775-784-6237, email [email protected] or visit http://naes.unr.edu/fieldday/default.aspx.

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