“Grow Your Own, Nevada!” series fall schedule released

August 31, 2012
Contact: Jim Sloan, 775-784-7072


“Grow Your Own, Nevada!” series fall schedule released

Workshop series available throughout Northern Nevada begins Sept. 5


The schedule for University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s fall 2012 “Grow Your Own” series has been set to begin on Sept. 5 running through Oct. 24.  The upcoming sessions will include eight two-hour weekly workshops featuring a back-to-basics guide to great harvests in Nevada. Classes will be held in Reno and are also available via videoconference at various Extension offices throughout the state.

Western Area Horticulture Specialist Heidi Kratsch said the “Grow Your Own, Nevada!” series is a workshop that provides information on growing food in our harsh, high-desert climate. “We provide unbiased information on both conventional and alternative gardening methods – information they won’t find anywhere else.”

“No matter where people live, whether they have an apartment with a small patio or a house with an acre of land, they will find topics of interest,” Kratsch said. “We talk about growing in all kinds of situations and are helping people to be more self-reliant.”

The cost to attend individual courses in Reno is $15.Those interested in registering for all eight sessions pay only $60. Workshops will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Full course participants will receive a USB-flash drive containing gardening resources.

Sessions include:

  • Gardening in Nevada’s soils, Sept. 5
  • Growing culinary and medicinal herbs, Sept. 12
  • Saving seeds from your garden, Sept. 19
  • Restoring older fruit trees,  Sept. 26
  • Hillbilly gardening, Oct. 3
  • Reap what you sow Oct. 10
  • Safe composting and vermicomposting, Oct.17
  • Companion and cover cropping, Oct. 24

Grow Your Own classes will be available via videoconference in the following locations throughout the state:

  • Carson City – 2621 Northgate Lane, Suite 15
  • Elko – 701 Walnut Street
  • Eureka – 701 S. Main St.
  • Fallon – 111 Scheckler Rd.
  • Lovelock – 810 6th Street
  • Owyhee – 100 Academic Way
  • Pahrump – 1651 E. Calvada Blvd.
  • Reno – 4955 Energy Way
  • Tonopah – #1 Frankie St. Old Courthouse
  • Winnemucca – 1085 Fairgrounds Road
  • Yerington – 504 S. Main Street

To register for any or all classes in Reno, complete this form and send it to Ashley Andrews at 4955 Energy Way, Reno, NV, 89502. To attend a class in a county other than Washoe, call your local Cooperative Extension office, as registration information may differ.

For more information about this program, visit the GYO website at: www.growyourownnevada.com. Persons in need of special accommodations should contact Ashley Andrews at (775) 784-4848 or email her at andrewsa@unce.unr.edu.

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The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension is the outreach college that extends knowledge from the University of Nevada – and other land-grant universities – to local communities to address critical needs. UNCE is a federal-state-county partnership providing practical education Nevadans can trust, to help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future.