FALLON — Hoop house production extends the growing season and increases sales for many Northern Nevada farms. However, producers can face challenges with these greenhouse-style structures, which require growing methods different from planting directly into the soil.
Western Nevada College Specialty Crop Institute offers a “Hoop House Production — Growing for Northern Nevada’s Seasons” workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 3 at the WNC Fallon campus, 160 Campus Way. The event will include classroom lecture and farm tours of hoop houses at Lattin Farms in Fallon and Custom Gardens Organic Farm in Silver Springs. Cost is $35 for those registering by Friday, $45 afterward. Lunch is included. Seating is limited, and registration is required.
Featured speakers are all successful Nevada farmers: Ray Johnson of Custom Gardens Organic Farm, Silver Springs; Rick Lattin of Lattin Farms, Fallon; and Mark O’Farrell of Hungry Mother Organics, Minden.
They will share best practices and helpful hints for growing in Northern Nevada’s high desert climate. They also bring decades of experience in building and growing crops in hoop houses. From nursery plants to exotic ginger, they have extensive experience in all aspects of hoop house production.
Workshop participants will learn about best crops to plant, seasonal planting schedules, temperature control, ventilation, pest and disease management, pollination, cover crops and more. The farm tours will feature two options for late season growing in hoop houses. Lattin Farms has greens, herbs, carrots, beets and other crops in production for late season sales. Custom Gardens has planted cover crops to rejuvenate the soil for an early spring planting of fresh crops. Both are certified organic farms.
The WNC Specialty Crop Institute is an innovative program that teaches alternative farming methods for local growers. Funding for this project was provided by the Nevada Department of Agriculture and USDA/AMS through the Specialty Crop Block Grant.
Online registration is available at www.wnc.edu/sci. For more information, call 351-2551 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.