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Cooperative Extension hosts Capital City Farm Days

Posted 4/12/2015

Elementary-age youth around table learning about agriculture.

At Capital City Farm Days, elementary-age youth learn about the importance of agriculture in Nevada. Capital City Farm Days will run from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 16 and 17.

Youth learn the importance of agriculture in Nevada

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s 4-H presents Capital City Farm Days 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., April 16 and 17. There will be 30 presenters teaching elementary-age youth about Nevada agriculture, where food and fiber come from, and environmental issues related to agriculture. Attendees will include public, private and home-schooled students and their families from Carson City, Storey County, Douglas County and Dayton Valley.

"Presenters will teach about how ranching and farming in Nevada serve us, as well as the benefits and challenges of maintaining agriculture in our state," Sandra Wallin, with the 4-H Youth Development Program, said. "All of the presenters love the event, and attendees look forward to it each year."

Presentation topics and demonstrations will include composting, organic farming, water, noxious weeds, bees and rangeland. A new participant from Nevada Department of Agriculture this year is "Moolissa," the life-size milking cow. Future Farmers of America and 4-H youth will also bring their livestock project animals and talk about what it takes to raise a market animal. There will be wild horses and burros, craft demonstrations, a herding demonstration, and antique tractor displays and discussions.

Capital City Farm Days has been a part of Carson City Cooperative Extension outreach to the community for 18 years. Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Youth Development Education Program teaches leadership, citizenship and life skills to thousands of Nevada youth ages 5 to 19 each year, through activities such as practicing robotics and raising animals, with an emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education.

For more information about Capital City Farm Days, contact 778-887-2252, Wallin at wallins@unce.unr.edu, or Jim Barcellos at barcellosj@unce.unr.edu.

WHO: University of Nevada Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development

WHAT: Capital City Farm Days

WHEN: April 16 and 17, 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Largest number of students between 10 a.m. and noon.

WHERE: Carson City Fairgrounds, Fuji Park, 601 Clear Creek Road

Also see: 4-H’er at Capital City Farm Days (video)

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