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Grow Your Own, Nevada! - Gardening classes in Reno

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What is Grow Your Own, Nevada!

"Grow Your Own, Nevada!" is a program offered to the public by the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE). Besides Reno, the program is presented at numerous other UNCE offices around the state.

Grow Your Own, Nevada! is for homeowners and other small scale growers. It concentrates on imparting basic horticultural information and also provides information about new and alternative growing methods. If you are interested in food safety, self - sufficiency, and have a desire to eat locally grown food, these classes are for you.

Spring 2018 Schedule for Grow Your Own, Nevada!

Spring 2018 Grow Your Own, Nevada! workshops will be held twice weekly, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dates and subjects are listed below...

  • April 3 - Selecting and Caring for Fruit Trees, Michael Janik
  • April 5 - Gardening in Nevada Soils and Composting Basics, Melody Hefner
  • April 10 - Vegetable Garden Pollinators & Other Beneficial Insects, Kevin Burls
  • April 12 - Identifying and Controlling Common Garden Weeds, Melody Hefner
  • April 17 - Critter and Insect Pests of the Garden and Landscape, Wendy Hanson Mazet
  • April 19 - Raised Beds 101, Wendy Hanson Mazet
  • April 24 - Greenhouse/Hoop House Part 1:Designing and Building, Heidi Kratsch
  • April 26 - Greenhouse/Hoop House Part 2: How to Grow Vegetable Crops, Heidi Kratsch

Grow Your Own, Nevada! Class Locations

In Reno, Grow Your Own, Nevada! classes are held at University of Nevada Cooperative Extension office at 4955 Energy Way, Reno, NV 89502. There will also be classes in other Nevada cities - Battle Mountain, Caliente, Carson City, Elko, Ely, Eureka, Fallon, Gardnerville, Logandale, Lovelock, Pahrump, Tonopah, Winnemucca and Yerington. If you plan to attend classes at one of these other locations, contact the respective office for times and locations.

Registration and Fees for Grow Your Own, Nevada! Classes

The registration fee for classes is $15 each or $60 for all 8 classes. You can register online and sign up for the classes of your choice. The cost covers class supplies, materials and refreshments. For more information, call UNCE in Reno at (775) 784-4848.

About the Grow Your Own, Nevada! Instructors

Class instructors are UNCE experts that are experienced gardeners. Some are graduates of the Master Gardener Program, started in 1972 in Washington state as a response to ever increasing requests from home gardeners for information about growing fruits, vegetables, and landscape plants in their region. Master Gardeners are volunteers that give UNCE the ability to provide the public with current and accurate information while providing "participants a sense of community spirit, accomplishment and intellectual stimulation." You can contact the Master Gardener Program in Washoe County by phone at (775) 784-4848 or (775) 336-0246.

Sources: Grow Your Own, Nevada! and University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.

Produce and food grown in NevadaLots of delicious produce and other food is grown right here in northern Nevada. Photo © Stan White

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