BEE DAY AT THE ORCHARD–Is it possible to have a backyard beehive in southern Nevada?  Yes it is.  Come and find out how by attending Cooperative Extension’s beekeeping class on Saturday, April 16, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM at University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) Orchard’s in North Las Vegas. Rodney Mehring, an 18 year veteran of beekeeping in the desert and owner of Blue Lizard Farm in Caliente, will teach the class and get you started as an amateur beekeeper in Southern Nevada.  No experience is necessary.  Registration for the full day class is $125 which includes lunch.

There are 12 beehives located at the UNCE Orchard in North Las Vegas. Bees aid in the pollination of fruits and vegetables at the Orchard and provide local honey for local chefs and the public through sales at farmer’s markets. This educational program, coordinated by Bob Morris, a Cooperative Extension horticulturist and The View and Las Vegas Review Journal columnist, is intended to encourage backyard beekeeping as a hobby and potential small-scale business.

Wire Basket of EggsEGG DAY AT THE ORCHARD–Egg producers in Southern Nevada supply tens of thousands of eggs to local consumers each year.  To honor our local egg producers the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Orchard in North Las Vegas is sponsoring Egg Day on Saturday, April 16 from 9 am to noon.  Chef Ryan Taliaferro, formerly with the Ritz Carlton at Lake Las Vegas, will display egg recipes he created which have been inspired by locally produced eggs combined with other local foods from southern Nevada. A local egg producer will be present to discuss how high-quality, locally produced eggs are superior to other eggs and how buying local eggs supports our local economy. All recipes are simple enough to prepare at home. Reservations are limited to 30 attendees and require a $25 registration fee.

Both educational programs, conducted by Bob Morris, Cooperative Extension’s horticulturist and The View and Las Vegas Review Journal columnist, are  intended to encourage beekeeping and the  purchase of locally produced eggs and small-scale egg production in Southern Nevada.  

The UNCE Orchard is located approximately 100 yards east of the intersection of North Decatur and Horse Drive in North Las Vegas and is a research and demonstration facility designed to test the suitability of fruit and vegetable varieties for our desert climate and transfer the knowledge on how to grow them here.

For more information and to enroll in the class, contact Morris at Morrisr@unce.unr.edu or call the Master Gardener helpline at 702-257-5555.

 

Grant Writing Class

Instructor Pam Van Pelt

With budgets being cut and money tighter, Cooperative Extension offers the Nuts and Bolts of Grant Writing. The one-day class session is held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lifelong Learning Center located at 8050 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, (I-215 and Windmill Lane). Future class dates are: April 5, May 12 and 25, June 9 and 28, and July 27.  Please register by calling 702-257-5502 or email whipplel@unce.unr.edu . Click here for more information!

Clip Art of BeesAre the bees disappearing? Are they all going to become killer bees? Is it possible to have a backyard beehive in southern Nevada? All these questions will be answered at Bee Day on Saturday, March 19 at University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) Orchard’s in North Las Vegas beginning promptly at 9 am. Roger Mehring, an 18 year veteran of beekeeping in the desert and owner of Blue Lizard Farm in Caliente, will answer these questions and more. Mehring will walk you through what it is like to work with bees in the desert. Bee Day is a free event and open to the public. No registration is necessary.

There are 12 beehives located at the UNCE Orchard in North Las Vegas. Bees aid in the pollination of fruits and vegetables at the Orchard and provide local honey for local chefs and the public through sales at farmer’s markets. The UNCE Orchard is located approximately 100 yards east of the intersection of North Decatur and Horse Drive in North Las Vegas. Tours of the beehives and orchard will be provided by UNCE Orchard volunteers trained in beekeeping, and fruit and vegetable production.

For more information contact Morris at Morrisr@unce.unr.edu or call the Master Gardener helpline at 702-257-5555.

Sage PlantMost spring garden transplants have to be shipped hundreds of miles from out of state growers into Las Vegas. Not anymore! Local transplant grower Bruce Nielson in Sandy Valley has been growing vegetable and herb transplants for the UNCE Orchard for two years. Now these same transplants are available to the public on two consecutive Saturdays: March 12 and 19 at the UNCE Orchard in North Las Vegas from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Details!