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Carson City Community Garden

The Community Garden began in 2001 and allows community members who don’t have room for a vegetable garden to rent a 4-by-16-foot garden bed for $20 a season at a 25-bed garden complex on Beverly Drive east of the cemetery. The price includes water, soil preparation, some seeds and fertilizer.

Issue:

In 2001, Carson City supervisor Jon Plank approached University of Nevada Cooperative Extension with the idea of establishing a community garden. Plank felt the project would be a good recreational outlet for the community and would improve the health of anyone who participated. Although Plank died before the project reached fruition, Cooperative Extension followed through with Plank’s idea and helped create the community garden site.

What has been done:

The Carson City Community Garden has 25 full-size 4-by-16-foot garden beds. Cooperative Extension initially invested a lot of time and labor into starting the gardens — testing the soil and developing a special amendment to compensate for what it was lacking; tilling the ground to loosen the impacted soil; and removing debris left abandoned on the land. Amendments and compost are added to the gardens every year.

Impact:

Although the program has never been advertised or ambitiously publicized, most of the available beds are rented out every year. Unrented beds are planted by other gardeners and volunteers, and much of the food is donated to a local food bank, local senior citizens or other nonprofit groups. One bed is reserved for vegetables that will be donated and another bed is reserved as a demonstration garden raised by Master Gardeners, who use the plot to show how to grow a certain vegetable or how to use different gardening techniques. Two master gardener volunteers are on hand on Saturdays, the busiest day at the gardens, to answer questions. Hoses are available for hand-watering, although some people have put in their own irrigation and drip lines. Participants come from all walks of life — unmarried singles, married couples and ethnically and culturally diverse families work the ground each year. The gardens are a great source of community building; veteran gardeners help out the novice planters with watering, pest management and harvesting issues. Gardeners share seeds, transplants and watering chores.

In 2012, 23 families rented out garden beds and more than 600 pounds of fresh vegetables were donated to Friends in Service Helping, a nonprofit that provides community service and support including meals for homeless and shelters for homeless men and woman, and other organizations.

Partners:

Carson City Parks and Recreation, Carson City Senior Center

Programs Program Information

4-H Youth Development

4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.

Carson City Community Garden

The Community Garden began in 2001 and allows community members who don’t have room for a vegetable garden to rent a 4-by-16-foot garden bed for $20 a season at a 25-bed garden complex on Beverly Drive east of the cemetery. The price includes water, soil preparation, some seeds and fertilizer.

Family Storyteller Literacy Program

National award-winning Family Storyteller is a literacy program aimed at encouraging and training parents to play a vital role in the literacy development of their children. Developed by University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE), KNPB-TV, the Washoe County libraries and Washoe County School District, the statewide program creates an opportunity for parents and young children to interact around literacy and language activities. Family Storyteller is designed especially for families that may have limited language skills and few children’s books at home.

Grow Your Own, Nevada

Grow Your Own, Nevada is a statewide University of Nevada Cooperative Extension program designed to help people discover the secrets to gardening in our high-desert climate. The program includes eight two-hour weekly sessions. Classes are held live in Reno in the spring, summer and fall, and are provided by video conference to Cooperative Extension offices across the state.

Living With Fire

Living with Fire is a comprehensive, multi-agency program aimed at teaching homeowners how to live more safely in high wildfire-hazard environments. The program, encompassing research and education, was developed in 1997 as a result of a collaboration between University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE), Nevada’s Agricultural Experiment Station and the Sierra Front Wildfire Cooperators, a group of 12 Nevada and California firefighting agencies.

Master Gardeners in Nevada

Master Gardeners provide free, research-based horticulture information to Nevadans. They are volunteers who learn advanced plant science skills from at least 50 hours of classroom instruction by University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) professionals. After training, Master Gardeners volunteer a minimum of at least 50 hours a year to pass along their newly acquired knowledge through the media, talks and workshops. They answer phone calls, send out informational materials and develop community gardens.

Nevada Radon Education Program

The Nevada Radon Education Program is a partnership with the Nevada State Health Division to educate Nevadans about the possible health risk posed by elevated levels of radon in the home. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) offers literature, educational programs and radon test kits in many county Extension offices.

The Greenhouse Project

The Carson City Greenhouse Project was conceptualized in November 2008 in partnership between UNCE; the Carson City Cultural Commission; The Greenhouse Project Committee, a grassroots, community organization; the Carson City School District; Nevada State Parks; and numerous volunteers. The Greenhouse Project serves as a teaching facility for hands on programs at the Carson City High School. Students help to cultivate and distribute vegetables and herbs for culinary classes and community food banks. Additional flower baskets are grown to beautify downtown Carson City.

Statewide Programs *Statewide programs may not be available in all counties

Programs Program Information
Beef Quality Assurance
Cattlemen’s Update
Food Safety Project
Herds and Harvest
Invasive Species (Weeds)
Nevada State GEAR UP
Nevada Youth Range Camp
People of the Land
Pesticide Safety Education Program
Riparian and Watershed Assessment and Management
Risk Management
Stronger Economies Together
Unmanned Aerial Systems
Weed Prevention and Management