Growing in hoop houses has changed the face of Nevada agriculture and extended the growing season, but it is more complicated than field production.
Western Nevada College Specialty Crop Institute will offer “Hoop House Structures & Season Extension” workshop on Friday, June 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the University of Nevada, Reno Desert Farming Initiative, 1000 Valley Road in Reno. Cost is $30 if registered by June 9 and $35 after this date. Online registration is available at www.wnc.edu/specialty-crop-institute.
Attendees will learn about the different types of hoop houses, design and materials and how they affect production, best cultivars and season extension practices. The workshop will feature a producer panel discussion and a tour of hoop houses at UNR, including a movable hoop house that was recently constructed. The workshop is a collaboration of the WNC Specialty Crop Institute and the Desert Farming Initiative at University of Nevada, Reno.
Featured speaker Diane Green of Greentree Naturals, a certified organic farm in Sandpoint, Idaho, has been farming for more than 30 years. She has taught in the Cultivating Success program at the University of Idaho since its inception, and Green is constantly experimenting with different methods of hoop house production. Her farm has been host to several university research studies.
Information/registration: Ann Louhela – 775-423-7565 Ext. 2228 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About WNC Specialty Crop Institute
The WNC Specialty Crop Institute is an innovative program that provides training for alternative farming methods and crops for high desert agriculture. Funding is provided by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.