PRE-CONFERENCE EXPERIENCE

February 22 | 8:00 am – 4:00 pm | $175

Sign up is open to all attendees, exhibitors, sponsors, and speakers.

8:00 am

Depart at Peppermill Resort Lobby for Experience.

8:30 am-10:00 am

Meet at the UNR main greenhouse complex for tour.  This will include a tour of the facilities and meetings with Patricia Santos, Dylan Kosma and Felipe Barrios-Masias who will discuss their current research work.  Patricia Santos and Dylan Kosma have been doing some great work with potatoes and carrots. They focus on pathogens and biocontrol.  Also, Felipe Barrios-Masias who has been doing work with tomatoes, melons and hemp.

10:00 am-10:45 am

Walk next door to the Desert Farming Initiative hoop houses and meet with Jill Moe.  Jill will discuss the role of DFI and their vegetable production.

DFI’s mission is to advance climate smart farming and food sovereignty in the region.

    • Demonstration: demonstrate sustainable vegetable and fruit farming practices, while bolstering the regional food system.
    • Education: provide practical on-farm learning experiences for UNR students and develop resources for other growers.
    • Outreach: actively engage with a diverse array of stakeholders to improve food security and prepare for farming in a changing climate.
    • Research: conduct research in collaboration with academic faculty, other organizations, and industry to improve agricultural practices for desert climates.

In addition to being a demonstration and research resource in Nevada, DFI operates a year-round commercial farm producing a variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs that are sold directly at markets and wholesale.  All crops are certified organic by California Certified Organic Farmers.

10:45 am

Depart from for Fallon and arrive at Grower operation TBD.

12:00 pm -1:15 pm

Visit grower operation, TBD, in Fallon. Drive to Frey Ranch.

1:15 pm – 2:45 pm

Visit Frey Ranch and Distillery. The Frey team will provide a tour of the distillery (with tastings) as well as a farm tour.

2:45 pm – 4:00 pm

Return from Fallon to Peppermill Resort.

3:30 pm

Depart Frey Ranch Distillery for Peppermill Resort.

NOTE:
A boxed lunch is included in the cost. A note will be sent to participants to confirm their choice of sandwich.