University of Nevada Cooperative Extension's fall Grow Your Own, Nevada! Program presents eight classes statewide to help Nevadans get on the path to more sustainable, local, healthy living by growing and preserving more of their own food.
The series features back-to-basics information for backyard or small-acreage edible gardening.
"If you're new to this area, this class is essential," said Cooperative Extension Horticulture Specialist Heidi Kratsch. "But, even if you're not new to Nevada, you will learn things you never thought you needed to know."
The program runs 6 - 8 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 19 through Oct. 12. Classes will be held at the Washoe County Cooperative Extension office, 4955 Energy Way in Reno, and will be available via interactive video at several Cooperative Extension offices throughout the state.
Along with Kratsch, presenters include Cooperative Extension Horticulturist Wendy Hanson Mazet, Urban Integrated Pest Management Program Coordinator Melody Hefner and Extension Educator Joy Newton.
Workshop topics include:
- Sept. 19: Bring Beneficial Insects to the Garden
- Sept. 21: Strategic Garden Cleanup
- Sept. 26: Cover Cropping for Home Gardens
- Sept. 28: Canning Jams and Jellies
- Oct. 3: Growing in Greenhouses and Hoop Houses
- Oct. 5: Growing in Raised Beds
- Oct. 10: Prune Fruit Trees to Increase Production
- Oct. 12: Prep Your Soil for Spring Success
To register for any or all of the upcoming classes, visit the Grow Your Own, Nevada! website. The class fee for those attending at the Washoe County office is $15 per class or $60 for all eight classes. The cost covers class supplies, materials, refreshments, the website and International Society of Arboriculture Continuing Education Units. Reno participants attending all eight classes will also receive a USB flash drive containing gardening resources. K-12 teachers and Master Gardeners in Reno receive a discount on registration cost. Class fees in other locations vary. Residents should contact their local Cooperative Extension office for information on attending the workshops in those locations. Persons in need of special accommodations or assistance should call at least three days prior to the scheduled event.
For more information, watch "About the Grow Your Own, Nevada! program". Watch the "Grow Your Own, Nevada! program beginnings and benefits" video to learn about the program's history and the benefits of a backyard garden.