The University of Nevada, Reno is to dedicate some of its land to farming in a new start-up experiment aimed at increasing agriculture in Nevada.
Produce from the farm is expected to supply UNR’s food services, along with area restaurants and other outlets.
The plan was approved because of recent criticism toward the university for its lack of support for the promotion of agriculture.
Once operating, the demonstration farm, to be located at UNR’s Valley Road lab field, will give students the opportunity to learn how to grow and market crops while providing a new source of fresh, locally grown produce to residents in the Reno-Sparks area.
A $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Hosing and Urban Development will initiate the reconstruction of the Valley Road lab, which will see the construction of a new facility expected to begin within a couple of months.
Food production is slated to start late August, with distribution the following winter.
UNR president Marc Johnson said the initiative will allow for Nevada businesses to increase production, profitability and sustainability.