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 local produce for the neighborhood and the community through a suite of venues such as our on-site Farm Stand, Farmers Markets and More.  This teaching campus offers our farm interns hands-on experience growing high-density, organic crops in Northern Nevada's arid climate. Through intensive training and mentorship programs, farm interns experience the inter-connectedness of food systems and develop contemporary methods to deploy effective change in their communities. While curriculum is centered on applied holistic farming concepts, our interns participate in all aspects of their food system and work with local food cooperatives, chain grocers, large and small distributors, restaurateurs and chefs, local nonprofits and food banks, and public schools. Each season, we have weekly Farm Stands and host informative and fun events such as our U-Pick and Apothecary Days.

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One 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.

In 2020, we are hatching a Veggie Seedling CSA program to support local gardening and food production beyond our park farm site to the homes in our community.  Similar to a vegetable CSA, you pre-order now then pick up your seedlings when they're ready to plant. We're offering both cool season and warm season packages for small and large gardens. We're taking orders between now and February 15th.  Check out the Veggie Seedling CSA page on our website for details on each package and to place your orders.

This quarterly event's aim is to connect new gardeners with experienced farmers. Held at different venues throughout
the year, the farm & garden club features guest speakers and provides an opportunity to gather, connect resources and share our love of growing food and community

2020 will be Reno Garlic Fest's fourth year! Each year, we host the fest in a neighborhood park where folks gather to learn from our local garlic gurus, purchase locally grown garlic for the coming months, as well as enjoy all sorts of
garlic concoctions created by beloved food trucks and artisans. The event is part of Artown and is family friendly, so come on down and get some garlic ice cream! Support your local garlic grower and celebrate your love of garlic with us.

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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