Ice cream turkeyIngredients: (makes 4 turkeys)

Easy Banana Ice Cream-…
6 bananas
2-4 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoons almond milk (or any kind of milk you like)

2 graham cracker rectangles
8 candy eyes
4 orange candy coated sunflower seeds*
4 red candy coated sunflower seeds*

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and the Nevada Department of Agriculture will offer an abbreviated Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) training, focusing on risk management in fruit and vegetable production 10 a.m. – noon on Dec. 4. The training will be held at the Cooperative Extension Research Center and Demonstration Orchard, 4600 Horse Drive in Las Vegas, Nev. Participants will learn principles of good agricultural and handling practices related to reducing risk from microbial food hazards and fundamental components of food safety as part of a management plan.

RadishesAfter the training, participants are encouraged to attend one of two free mock audits: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. on Dec. 4 following the abbreviated GAPs training at the Center (please bring a lunch), or Saturday Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. – noon at Blue Lizard Farms, 2122 Sunrise Drive in Caliente. Nev.

Course mulch and highly enriched top soil is available at the Research Center and Demonstration Orchard. Both are free to residents if loaded themselves; however, there’s a $2 per tractor scoop fee, if needed, for the top soil. The Center is located in North Las Vegas and is open to the public Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday’s from 8 a.m. to noon.

Residents loading mulch

Residents loading mulch at the Research Center and Demonstration Orchard.

Peaches on Tree BranchesCan you grow fruit trees and berries in the desert? You bet!  Figs, nectarines, peaches, apricots, pears, apples, strawberries, cantaloupe, grapes and blackberries are just a few of the fruits you can grow at home. The fruit varieties may be different than what you’re used to but the results can still be spectacular. Find out how by registering for the Gardening in Small Places: growing fruit at home workshop.