Flyer for Cottage FoodsTwo new laws that went into effect in Nevada this month are sparking a lot of interest, especially among those involved with the local foods movement. The laws provide farmers, home-growers, home-cooks and others with increased opportunities to produce and sell their products locally, as well as to hold dinners featuring their homegrown products.

Cooperative Extension is offering the workshop with funding and assistance from the USDA’s Risk Management Agency, which helps producers manage their business risks through effective, market-based risk management solutions to preserve and strengthen the economic stability of America’s agricultural producers.

In addition to being offered at the Cooperative Extension office in Las Vegas, 8050 Paradise Road, the workshop will also be offered via videoconference at the Cooperative Extension offices in Ely and Logandale; the University of Nevada, Reno in Reno; Western Nevada College in Fallon; Great Basin College in Elko; and at a location to be determined in Yerington. The registration fee for the all-day workshop is $20 and includes lunch. Two people per farm may attend for the $20 registration fee. To register or for more information click here!

Master Gardener LogoMaster Gardeners Howard Galin and Carolyn Ellsworth will be holding classes at the Paseo Verde and Gibson Libraries in August. Galin’s lecture will cover the special steps needed for a successful desert environment in your home garden! Topics covered include: the desert bioscape; soils: how to improve and amend through fertilization and nutrition; irrigation techniques for desert plants; identifying plants/shrubs and trees suited for desert gardening (native plants vs “adapted”); and how to plant and care for your plants, trees and shrubs. For registration information, click here!