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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

Capacity Building for Healthy Communities

Capacity building strengthens an organization’s ability to fulfill its mission to have a positive impact on communities. Strategic thinking, visioning, action planning, and board development are capacity building activities.

Coffee Shop email helps ranchers make money

Nevada agriculture specialists have taken the traditional producer coffee-shop discussions into cyberspace. Cooperative Extension’s coffee shop is a national subscription email designed to provide a two-way communication network for livestock producers. The question-and-answer service provides answers to livestock production and marketing questions.

Collaborative Resource Stewardship improves rangeland management

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) has helped lead Collaborative Resource Stewardship (CRS) efforts in northeastern Nevada over the past seven years, resulting in a model for other states and areas.

Healthy Eating Active Living: Mapping Attributes using Participatory Photographic Surveys (HEAL MAPPS)

Healthy Eating Active Living: Mapping Attributes using Participatory Photographic Surveys (HEAL MAPPS) is a compilation of evidence-based engagement and assessment tools that is used to audit and map community environmental features that support and/or hinder healthful eating and physical activity among community members. The MAPPS method integrates photography, participatory community mapping using global positioning system (GPS) technology, and residents’ voiced perceptions of their community. HEAL MAPPS engages people in community-based participatory research to document attributes of the rural community environment that are perceived by residents as obesity preventing or promoting and assess the local resources and readiness to implement community-level obesity prevention strategies to prevent unhealthy weight gain/overweight and obesity among children and their families.

Heart & Shield: Rural Domestic Violence Prevention Program

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Integrated Pest Management

Nevada Department of Agriculture’s records show the use of traditional pesticides continues to increase in the state. Nevada’s Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program helps agricultural producers, land managers; pest control operators, homeowners and other pest managers learn about and use alternative pest management strategies in a variety of environments and settings.

Keeping Kids Safe: Recognizing, Reporting and Responding to Child Maltreatment

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Nevada Range Management School

This University of Nevada Cooperative Extension program integrates sound science, collaboration and common sense to put public agency land managers, livestock permittees and other land users on the same page in terms of the range resource. It includes topics such as animal nutrition as related to range management.

Noxious Weed Control and Awareness Education

Noxious and invasive weeds are widespread throughout Nevada. They threaten agricultural and rangeland productivity. Rural counties are susceptible to significant adverse economic damage. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension education programs help individuals and weed control organization reduce the abundance of noxious weeds.

Project MAGIC

Project MAGIC is an innovative, collaborative program designed to help juvenile offenders leave the criminal justice system and become productive members of society. While participating in the program, young people ages 12 to 18 learn: positive communication skills, team building, problem solving and decision making, self-responsibility, conflict resolution, aspiration building and goal setting. Youth also select and conduct a service project designed to benefit their community. Parent sessions include the same life skills.

Risk Management

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) develops and delivers a comprehensive risk management education program to livestock and forage producers in Nevada.

Sustainable Agricultural Practices

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension conducts several sustainable agriculture programs including researching alternative crops, introducing sustainable biodiversity/multiple use of rangelands, and increasing the number of pest control materials labeled in and increasing the knowledge and implementation rate of IPM practices in Nevada.

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

Programs Program Information
4-H Youth Development
Cattlemen’s Update
Food Safety Project
Grow Your Own, Nevada
Herds and Harvest
Integrated Riparian Management/Creeks and Communities
Invasive Species (Weeds)
Nevada Radon Education Program
Nevada State GEAR UP
Nevada Youth Range Camp
People of the Land
Pesticide Safety Education Program
Stronger Economies Together
Weed Prevention and Management
Youth for the Quality Care of Animals