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Desert Farming Initiative University of Nevada Reno


The Desert Farming Initiative (DFI) is a collaboration between the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), College of Agriculture, Biotechnology, and Natural Resources, Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station (NAES), and Cooperative Extension. DFI is a diversified commercial farm at UNR which serves as a demonstration, education, outreach, and research farming program. The program is comprised of multiple hoop houses, greenhouses, the capacity to produce 12 acres of row crops, and a 2-acre vineyard. Currently there is a variety of fruits and vegetables grown for commercial sale to local wholesale and retail markets across the greater Reno area. DFI supports student hands-on learning, UNR research, demonstration of desert crop production, and outreach to the agricultural industry.

Contact Information

  • Contact Name: Jill Moe
  • Phone: 775-682-9783
  • Email:
  • Address: 1664 N. Virginia Street, Mailstop 221 , Reno, WASHOE, Nevada 89557, US

CCOF Programs

  • Certification: USDA NOP
    Status: Certified
    Date: December 12, 2019
  • Certification: Handling
    Status: Certified
    Date: December 12, 2019
  • Certification: Crops
    Status: Certified
    Date: December 12, 2019



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