July 10, 2009

oin workshop on Wednesday, July 22

Harvest Workshop To Feature Lavender Crop

Lavender Ridge Farm
Lavender Ridge Farm

Western Nevada College continues its program to develop small farm agriculture in Nevada with three summer harvest workshops. The first workshop will be held during lavender harvest season.
Wednesday, July 22: Lavender Ridge Farm, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., 7450 West 4th Street, Reno.

A daylong workshop will include sessions on growing and harvesting lavender, beekeeping, sales and marketing, and adding value to farm products. Cost is $25 if registered by July 19, $30 after July 19, and includes a lunch prepared with locally-grown food.

Kristen and Mike Harris, owners of Lavender Ridge Farm, will be the featured speakers. Participants will tour the lavender field of more than 2,000 plants, view the distillation process, and tour the farm amenities including an event center, water feature, nursery, and gift shop. Lavender Ridge was established on the site of a farmstead dating back to the 1920's. The farmhouse, barn, and several buildings were preserved and are currently in use.

The workshop will also include a session on the business of beekeeping, presented by Leonard Joy of Joy's Honey Farm. Joy has been keeping bees for more than 30 years and currently has 85 hives throughout northern Nevada. Other workshop sessions will focus on the importance of sales and marketing to increase farm profitability.

Two additional workshops are scheduled to coincide with regional harvests:

Friday, Aug. 14: Nanadew Herb Farm, Fallon, will host a nursery and organic produce harvest Thursday,

Sept. 10: Churchill Vineyards, Fallon, hosts a wine grape harvest

Both workshops will combine on-farm experiences with classroom sessions at Western Nevada College Fallon campus.

To register, contact Ginny Dugan, 775-423-5186, or visit WNC's web site, www.wnc.edu/sci. For information about the Specialty Crop Institute and future workshops, contact Project Director Ann Louhela at 775-351-2551.

The Western Nevada College Specialty Crop Institute is an innovative education program for current and future small-scale farmers, as well as students and professionals. Participants learn alternative farming methods to transition from low-value crops to high-value, direct-marketed specialty crops that can increase profitability and conserve water. It is made possible with funding from the Nevada Department of Agriculture and USDA/AMS through the Specialty Crop Block Grant.


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