Great Basin Community Food Co-Op
Desert Farming Initiative
1 Acre acres in Reno, NV
1 miles to market
2 miles as the crow flies
The Desert Farming Initiative (DFI) began in 2013 and is a collaboration between two key groups: the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) College of Business, College of Agriculture, Biotechnology, Natural Resources, and UNR Cooperative Extension. Operating out of two sites in Reno on 920 Valley Road and 5895 Clean Water Way, DFI is composed of heated greenhouses, hoop houses, vineyard, and commercial wash station.
Demonstration: Operate a diverse commercial farming enterprise and demonstrate – best crop varieties and farming techniques that are economically viable, and sustainable farming systems that are successful in the Nevadan high desert climate.
Education: Create opportunities at the DFI farm to learn by doing, hands-on farm experiences for students, farmers, and the public. Provide resources and information about sustainable farming systems in a desert climate, food safety, and general crop production.
Outreach: Actively inform and engage with the community and stakeholders about agricultural systems that address the challenges of both economic and environmental sustainability in desert climates; and provide assistance to growers regarding agricultural regulations, policies, safety, and crop production techniques.
Research: Facilitate and develop research opportunities, collaborating with University faculty, students, Extension, and industry to discover new production methods and improve agricultural practices for desert climates.
We use certified organic vegetable starts from our plant propagation program. We incorporate some heirloom fruit and vegetable varieties. DFI primarily follows organic farming principles in choosing soil amendments, fertilizers and pesticides.