Food Systems PROgrams

As a solution to urban food-deserts and lack of land for next-generation farmers, Reno Food Systems has developed the Park Farm Project.

Working with Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space, our pilot Food Farm Park utilizes a small plot of underutilized public land on a portion of the Betsy Caughlin Donnelly Park (corner of McCarran and Mayberry Drive) to grow produce that is aggregated to feed the community through CSA-style baskets and through agreements with local restaurants.  This teaching farm will offer opportunities to diversify the face of farming by recruiting internship candidates from non-traditional backgrounds.

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The goal of the Park Farm model is to establish urban micro-farms in every neighborhood in the Reno-Sparks area so that more young farmers have access to meaningful livelihoods and more Washoe County residents have ready access to healthy, affordable fruits and veggies!

During 2018, our first year of production at Park Farm, our 2 FFA interns (Bethany Matthews and Lola Nixon) created this website detailing their internship experience.

What is a Food System

"How we eat determines, to a considerable extent, how the world is used."

– Wendell Berry, The Pleasures of Eating

A food system is the network of people, processes and infrastructure involved in feeding a community. It's the pathway that food takes from farm to table and back to the soil.  Included are a wide diversity of activities and all their inputs and outputs. Food Systems can be global or local, but all share a similar set of elements. 

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"How we eat determines, to a considerable extent, how the world is used."

– Wendell Berry, The Pleasures of Eating

A food system is the network of people, processes and infrastructure involved in feeding a community. It's the pathway that food takes from farm to table and back to the soil.  Included are a wide diversity of activities and all their inputs and outputs. Food Systems can be global or local, but all share a similar set of elements. 

Local food systems benefit communities by both generating local jobs and increasing transparency of the methods of production and environmental results of each method.

As the first commercial hopyard in Nevada, the High Desert Hops Project aims to introduce hops as a viable crop for farmers in the high desert and work with area brewers looking to get involved with the local food movement.

 

With 10 varieties planted on one acre at UNR's Main Station Field Lab in East Reno, we're conducting quantitative testing for alpha acid content as well as qualitative field tests with some of your favorite local breweries.

The High Desert Hops Project is a collaboration between Reno Food Systems and the University of Nevada, Reno and receives funding from the Nevada Department of Agriculture.

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Reno Food Systems is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

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