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Small-scale produce farming classes June 25th

Posted 6/8/2012

Two-day program features professional producers, consumers, ag educators

Whether you’re looking to grow your own fruits and veggies in your backyard or earn some extra income on your small acreage, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s (UNCE) "So You Want to be a Produce Farmer" two-day workshop will cover everything you need. Beginning Monday, June 25 at 9:30 a.m. and ending Tuesday, June 26, at 4:30 p.m., UNCE educators and local growers will share their wisdom and best practices to set you on the road to agricultural entrepreneurship.

The workshop will be hosted at the Clark County Cooperative Extension office at 8050 Paradise Road in Las Vegas and will be available via interactive video at UNCE offices in Elko, Churchill, Humboldt, White Pine and Lyon counties.

"We’ve got a lot of people who want to get back to their roots — to produce their own food," said Jennifer Kintz, registration coordinator of the event. "We’ll introduce them to some pros. These are people who have been doing this for a while. They have the ins-and-outs and all the tricks down.

"We’re trying to reach out and help people who are new and starting, giving them all the info they need."

By bringing in seasoned professionals, UNCE will help budding agriculturalists sidestep the pitfalls that plague growers who choose to start out on their own.

"We’ll help people realize if there’s a market for what they are doing," Kintz said. "We’ll also help with all the USDA specs and paperwork, because that process alone can seem insurmountable to many."

Programming will be centered on small-scale farming. It is designed in collaboration with U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA), and will feature both Extension educators and regional growers from Tonopah Rob’s Farm and Frog Hollow Farms in California.

To register for the workshop, go to www.unce.unr.edu/calendar/files/pdf/BFRRegistrationJune252012.pdf.

Registration fees are $30 per farm (up to three individuals) for one day and $50 per farm for both days. Persons in need of special accommodations or assistance must call or notify Staci Emm at (775) 945-3444 at least three days prior to the event.

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