Community Connection newsletter

Monthly Community Newsletter

Cooperative Extension publishes a monthy newsletter, Community Connection. Each month, three to four programs, events, classes, etc., are featured. If you would like to receive this publication electronically, please send your e-mail address to the editor.

Cooperative Extension, in partnership with the Lincoln Communities Action Team (LCAT), will feature Mario Batali’s Molto Vegas chefs along with Lincoln County food producers to bring you a unique outdoor dinner event, “Cuisine in the Country.” On July 17, leave the heat of Las Vegas to dine under the stars at the unique event in Alamo, Nev. Click here for all the details.

The main objective of the Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Orchard is research and demonstration of fruit and vegetables that can be produced in the Eastern Mojave Desert. The Orchard is NOT A PICK YOUR OWN facility. All fruit is hand-picked by trained Orchard volunteers and sold to the public to recover the costs of production. Fruit is available from the Orchard Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. to Noon or until the fruit is gone. Fruit is also available on Thursday mornings at the Molto Vegas Farmers market from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. We pick fruit only when it is tree ripened to maintain the highest quality. Fruit from the Orchard is now coming in strongly due to the increased heat. Most fruit is $2/lb unless blemished or substandard quality. Fruit available in limited quantities over the next week include: Garlic: Polish White, Corsican Red, Stull, Polish Hardneck, Nopal cactus. Desert Gold peach (blemished for $1/lb), Gold Dust peach, Chinese apricot, Flavor Delight aprium, Early Golden apricot, Royal apricot, Moorpark apricot, Arctic Star nectarines (blemished for $1/lb).

How to get to the Master Gardener Orchard: The Orchard is located 100 yards east of the intersection of North Decatur and Horse Drive. Take CC 215 to North Decatur and travel north about 3 ½ miles to Horse Drive and turn right (east). Approximate physical address is 4600 Horse Drive.

How to get to the Molto Vegas Farmers Market: take the Blue Diamond exit from I-15 and turn right (west). Travel to Dean Martin Drive (formerly Industrial Blvd.) turn right and travel about one mile north to Eldorado. Physical address is 7485 Dean Martin Drive, Ste 106.

Jerry Buk

Jerry Buk, Southern Area Director

Jerry Buk has been named University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Southern Area Director. Buk was formerly the Central/Northeast Extension Educator for 13 years. “As Southern Area Director, my initial goals are two-fold,” Buk said. “First is to provide support and resources for our employees, and second is to promote collaboration with individuals, the community and the university.”

Cooperative Extension’s purpose is to be the outreach college that extends knowledge from the Universityof Nevada — and other land-grant universities — to local communities to address issues. We are a federal-state-county partnership with 19 offices throughout the state. Our more than 200 personnel — with the help of volunteers— deliver non-degree educational programs based on local needs. In 2009, UNCE made more than 550,000 face-to-face contacts with communitycitizens. Our program areas cover Agriculture, Horticulture, Economics & Environment issues; Health and Nutrition education; and Children, Youth and Family development. There are also over 1,000 Cooperative Extension publications available to you on-line at www.unce.unr.edu. If you would like a copy of the Southern Area program guide, please click here!