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.
The organization has developed a project that caters to Nevada youth and students with disabilities and also serves to beautify downtown Carson City. The purpose of the project is to increase agricultural and horticultural arts and sciences in Carson City.
To this end, a special citizen action group of over 35 members was formed. The Greenhouse will be located at Carson High School.
A greenhouse is a great way to educate students on the importance of nutrition and the benefits of gardening while providing horticulture industry training. Students will start a community supported agriculture project, learning production, distribution, marketing and other job skills. Produce from the greenhouse will be used in the Carson High School Culinary Arts Program, and flowers can be placed in flower baskets throughout downtown Carson City.
What has been done:
The groundbreaking for the greenhouse took place in December 2010 with construction expected to be completed by June 2011, with Extension educators and Greenhouse Committee volunteers collaborating in its development.
Contact: Lindsay Chichester, Extension Educator, 775-887-2252
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.
Commercial Landscape Horticulture
Community Beautification through Horticulture
Desert Green, Commercial Water Conservation Training
Desert Green is in its eleventh year and is designed to educate commercial clientele in the Green Industry as well as others who have an interest in water conservation issues. A committee representing the industry implements the training. Desert Green is chaired by one industry representative and one UNCE representative. The program is presented once a year, with 36 classes taught in a two-day period. A committee of industry representative reviews evaluations from the previous year to decide future educational direction and topics. During the evaluation process, the program is reviewed, modified and revised according to the needs of the clientele. As part of the marketing of this program, two articles citing the importance of Desert Green appear in regional trade publications.
Food for Thoughts, School Garden
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Food for Thoughts Program offers children an alternative site for learning, promotes awareness of the desert environment, demonstrates the geographic sources of their food, and encourages healthy eating and activities.
Green Industry Training Programs of Northern Nevada
Green Industry Training (GIT) and Green Industry Continuing Education Series (GICES) are cost- and time-efficient approaches to serving the Green Industries of northern Nevada, including nursery workers, landscapers, arborists, irrigation and lawn care professionals. The Green Industry Training program begins in late winter with eight three-hour sessions of entry-level training for new industry workers, for those desiring to work in the industry and for existing industry professionals desiring a skills "tune-up." After "basic training," industry members are invited to monthly continuing education opportunities — one hour per month over the noon hour — to hone and improve their skills.
Grow Your Own, Nevada
Healing gardens in Las Vegas
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension healing gardens essentially become outdoor sanctuaries for people who are hospitalized as well as their families and the staff that works with them.
Master Gardeners in Nevada
Nevada Desert Bioscape
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Desert Bioscape program takes a holistic approach to conserving natural resources in an urban setting. This program targets adult learners in the Green Industry of southern Nevada. This program utilizes the successful Correctional Horticultural program as a model for development. Implementation of the curriculum meets the needs of people already working in the industry. In addition to these goals, training will be translated into money savings for the companies and municipalities because correct practices are being implemented. Students that are planning to or are now taking other classes to improve their job skills are being surveyed.
Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL)