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July 8, 2013
By Claudene Wharton
Nevadans can learn to grow safe, fresh, organic produce at home and in school and community gardens without spending a lot of money. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension will help show residents how during eight "Grow Your Own, Nevada!" gardening classes featuring "back-to-basics" best practices for producing bountiful harvests. Classes will be presented Mondays, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m., July 8 - Aug. 26, live in Reno and video-conferenced to Extension offices throughout the state.
This summer session is focused on getting Nevadans of all ages away from sedentary lifestyles and outside into the garden. All students are welcome, even ones who may not have considered learning to garden before due to lack of experience or space.
"Many communities in Nevada are considered 'food deserts,' because they have limited access to fresh, healthy foods," said Heidi Kratsch, Cooperative Extension horticulture specialist. "We're trying to change that by offering these courses to help Nevadans turn their backyards, schoolyards and community spaces into sustainable, edible gardens."
For those attending the classes in Reno, the July 8 class is free; each additional class is $15; or participants can preregister to take all eight classes for a flat fee of $50. Local K-12 teachers may attend for free with proper identification. At other locations, where the classes will be available via video-conference, fees vary from free to $15 per course.
The classes are available at the following Cooperative Extension offices:
To register to attend Grow Your Own, Nevada! classes in Reno, make sure to fill out the form, and mail or bring it with payment made out to Board of Regents to Cooperative Extension, 4955 Energy Way, Reno. To attend a class at another location, call the county Cooperative Extension office directly.
For more information, visit the Grow Your Own, Nevada! Website. Persons in need of special accommodations should contact 775-784-4848 or email@example.com at least three days prior to the first day of the course.