Lindsay picked to serve on NIFA nutrition and health committee

Cooperative Extension Exercise Physiology Specialist Anne Lindsay has been invited to join the the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Nutrition and Health Committee for Planning and Guidance.

Lindsay, who works in UNCE’s Southern Area office in Las Vegas, will provide expert opinion to NIFA program leaders regarding future national health and nutrition policies.

The NIFA committee, formed in 2008, focuses on two areas:

1. Ensuring an abundant and safe food supply for all

2. Helping families, youth and individuals become physically, mentally and emotionally healthy

Previous subcommittees work on related issues, such as developing ways to measure the effectiveness of nutrition and exercise programs; developing consistent formats for nutrition and health curricula; sharing information; and fostering professional development. Read the complete story.


Demonstration GardensClark County Master Gardeners will offer a tour of the Demonstration Gardens located at the Lifelong Learning Center, 8050 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89123 (I-215 and Windmill Lane) on November 10. The tour is free and open to the public.  Groups (5 or more people) are requested to call Ann Edmunds, Program Coordinator, at 257-5587 at least two weeks in advance.

Painting Your Garden with Color, Saturday, November 10 at 10 a.m.

Volunteer Master Gardeners will discuss desert adapted plants which can be successfully grown in the home landscape.  The Demonstration Gardens contain over 500 species of desert-appropriate landscape plants, including: trees, shrubs, perennials, palms, cacti and agaves.   Plants are identified by botanical and common names.  In addition to scheduled tours, the grounds are open for self-guided walk-a-bouts on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Farmers Market SignThe Clark County Master Gardeners staff an information table at the Tivoli Farmers Market (302 S Rampart Blvd  Las Vegas, NV 89145) on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month from 8 am until 1 pm.

The special topic being presented on November 3 is Herbs for Holiday Cooking and Fertilizing for Fall.

The topic for November 17 is Taking Care of Roses and Winterizing Your Garden. Community members are invited to stop by with their gardening questions and pick up free gardening publications.

Master Gardeners are University-trained community volunteers who share their knowledge and desert gardening skills via community projects such as “Ask a MG” info tables. Master Gardeners are experienced in successfully growing plants in the harsh (hot, dry, windy) climate of the Mojave Desert. This is an environment unfamiliar to many newcomers. By teaching what to plant and how to properly care for their landscapes or gardens, the Master Gardeners save people money—on water, soil amendments, plant materials, etc. You can reach a Master Gardener by phone by calling the Help Desk at 702-257-5555 or email.

Peaches on Tree BranchesThe Clark County Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners are now taking orders for Fruit Trees.  Orders will be taken until November 3, 2012 or until a maximum of 500 trees is ordered.

When the trees arrive, you will be notified via phone or email. The trees should arrive around the first of February 2013.

Tree orders will be paid for and picked up at the Master Gardener Orchard at 4600 Horse Road, NLV. No prepayments will be accepted. Cash or checks (made payable to the Board of Regents) will be accepted for payment. If you have trouble opening this Excel order form, please call the Master Gardener Help Desk at 702-257-5555 or email


Red RoseClark County Cooperative Extension and the South Valley Rose Society are collaborating and offering educational meetings.   Free and open to the public, meeting topics and dates are:

October 25      Preparing the Soil for Planting—Sal Ramirez, owner Vira Grow

What soil amendments and fertilizers are found in the “recipe”? What is their purpose? What benefit do they provide roses? What soil composition is best for in ground and container roses? Do mulches add to soil improvement? If so, what kind?

 November 15  New Varieties, Shrub and Landscape Roses—Steve Schneider, Consulting Rosarian

What are the differences between the hybrid teas, floribundas, grande floras, miniatures? What are “Old Garden Roses (OGRs)? What are Self Cleaning roses?  Why are the markets expanding into new varieties?