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Grow Your Own, Nevada

 A tray of vegetables Grow Your Own, Nevada! provides information and tools needed to successfully grow fresh produce in Nevada. Photo by Ashley Andrews.

Program provides information to help Nevadans successfully grow their own food

Relevance/Issue

A major area of program emphasis for Cooperative Extension is to “improve food security through home and small-scale production.” Many communities (29 out of 487 census tracts) in Nevada are considered food deserts: they have limited access to fresh foods. Many Nevadans desire to grow their own foods to gain access to safe and healthy produce and to become more self-sufficient. A statewide needs assessment published by Extension in 2012 reported home and local food production as a top horticultural need and emerging trend for the state.

Response/What’s Been Done

Grow Your Own, Nevada! offered two eight-class sessions in 2017: one in the spring and one in the fall. Classes were held at the Washoe County Cooperative Extension office and offered via interactive video at Cooperative Extension offices throughout the state in 13 other counties. Each class was two hours, and topics covered beneficial insects, garden cleanup, cover cropping, canning jams and jellies, hoop houses, raised beds, soil preparation, starting from seeds, tomatoes, edible landscapes, fruit trees, berry growing, and pest control. Participants who attended all eight classes in a session received a USB flash drive containing gardening resources. Total attendance including all sessions in 2017 was 972.

Results/Impact and Partners

Since 2011, 5,312 people have been trained in local food production methods, resulting in at least six home gardeners deciding to sell their produce to local farmers markets, two people deciding to start a local food business, and 26 people donating excess produce to local food pantries, not to mention the thousands of homeowners who produced food for their own households’ consumption, many sharing with neighbors and friends.

In a survey of the fall participants, 356 respondents reported an average gain in knowledge of 63 percent.

Partners included local producers and gardeners who speak at classes.

IMPACTS




5,300+

people trained since 2011



63%

reported average gain in knowledge



“Fantastic program, excellent topics that really improved my gardening abilities and knowledge.”

— Program participant



See also:

Grow Your Own, Nevada! video
Grow Your Own, Nevada! classes video
Grow Your Own, Nevada! audio story

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

 A tray of vegetables

Living With Fire

Be Ember Aware publication

Master Gardeners in Nevada

 A bumblebee pollinating a yellow flower

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.

Nevada Wildfire Awareness Month

Living With Fire logo

Social Media Training

Extension Educator Lindsay Chichester explaining Facebook Page Best Practices to a room of people

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
Cattlemen’s Update
Food Safety Project
Herds and Harvest
Integrated Riparian Management/Creeks and Communities
Invasive Species (Weeds)
Nevada State GEAR UP
Nevada Youth Range Camp
People of the Land
Pesticide Safety Education Program
Risk Management
Stronger Economies Together
Weed Prevention and Management
Youth for the Quality Care of Animals