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The Desert Farming Initiative is a 5-acre demonstration fruit and veggie farm within the University of Nevada, Reno’s College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources. DFI is located at the College’s Valley Road Experiment Station on the east edge of the main campus, and powered by students, AmeriCorps service members and faculty. Produce from the farm is distributed to food pantries, Fallon Food Hub, a seasonal campus farmstand, Sparks UMC Farmers Market and the Great Basin Community Food Co-op. All crops are certified organic by California Certified Organic Farmers.
DFI’s mission is to advance climate smart farming and food sovereignty in the region.
- Demonstration: demonstrate sustainable vegetable and fruit farming practices, while bolstering the regional food system.
- Education: provide practical on-farm learning experiences for UNR students and develop resources for other growers.
- Outreach: actively engage with a diverse array of stakeholders to improve food security and prepare for farming in a changing climate.
- Research: conduct research in collaboration with academic faculty, other organizations, and industry to improve agricultural practices for desert climates.
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