At Nevada Field Day on September 17, visitors will enjoy a variety of hands-on activities, wine tasting, demonstrations and giveaways, including a Farm-to-Cooking demonstration and samples at noon on the University of Nevada’s main stage. , Reno’s own Elisabeth Watkins. Watkins is known to many as the Farm Girl Chef from Linden and is a winner of Food Network’s Chopped Junior and a TEDx presenter. He earned his bachelor’s degree and is working on a master’s degree at the University’s College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources, which hosted the event with its Experiment Station and Extension units. The event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the University’s Main Station Field Laboratory, 5895 Clearwater Road in Reno, near the intersection of McCarran Boulevard and Mill Street.
Watkins says he acquired his culinary skills through Extension’s 4-H youth development programs, and he will use produce and meat from the Experiment Station’s Wilderness Farming Initiative and Wolf Pack Meats. The Initiative, which will also sell its organic produce at the event, operates a commercial farm including orchards, open fields, hoop houses and a greenhouse, and seeks to advance climate-smart agriculture and food sovereignty through demonstration, education, research and research. propaganda. Wolf Pack Meats, which will offer tours at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., provides USDA-inspected harvesting and processing services to local farmers, teaches students the latest in meat technology, and keeps its own herd to learn how to produce the product. greater quantity of meat with higher quality.
Other demonstrations on the Main Stage at Nevada Field Day will include protecting your home from embers, container gardening, and promoting native food and medicinal plants. In addition, the College’s award-winning student logging sports club, the Nevada Loggers, will host logging sports events, including chopping, bucking and chainsaw demonstrations. Excursions to sheep breeding facilities (at 10:45 and 12:45) and livestock facilities (at 11:00 and 13:00) will also be organized.
The event will be buzzing with activities at over 40 booths focusing on the latest advances in agriculture, horticulture, nutrition, natural resources and the environment. The college’s new clothing line, made from the wool of Rafter 7 Merino sheep, will be on display and available for sale. Sheep are world famous for their fine, soft wool.
At the wine tasting table, a partnership formed last fall between the College, its Experiment Station and Nevada Grape Growers and Winemakers will offer samples to those 21 and older. The partnership offers classes, wine tastings, vineyard tours, roundtables, professional speakers and more to promote Nevada’s viticulture and winemaking industry. tries to support such activities and events.
The university’s rezlin wine and red blended wine will be served at the tasting table. Riesling grapes are from Lenox Vineyards in Silver Springs. The award-winning Nevada Sunset Winery harvested grapes and oversaw winemaking operations. The red blend is made from four varietals from Nevada Sunset Winery, and the exact blend is the result of a wine blending competition sponsored by the College in February.
There will also be activities and information for children. As an example of how 4-H projects engage youth in learning about science, health, citizenship and more, the 4-H Youth Development Program will invite youth to participate in papermaking. The Rethink Your Drink Nevada Program will have healthy drink recipes for kids and information on reducing kids’ sugary drink intake.
Other booths will have activities and information for both adults and youth. Some will make tortillas from different corn varieties to teach plant breeding, sample the crop and ask tasters to comment on sweetness for a research project, distribute fall seedlings and seed packets, offer gardening advice, sell plants from plant research, and various research conducted by the College. providing information about projects, for example:
- weather and climate (Learn how you can help scientists learn more about Nevada.)
- plant breeding and genetics
- Alternative, low-water-use plants for Nevada
- using precision irrigation management techniques and equipment to improve water conservation
- plant traits to adapt to drought, salinity and heat
- increasing plant tolerance to harsh environments and increasing biomass productivity
- strategies for increasing the efficiency of water use in plants
- production and use of cactus pear
- Growing hemp in Nevada
- animal reproduction, genetics, nutrition, and meat science (Come on, kids, take the cow puzzle.)
- using modern equipment to evaluate feed
- Protecting and restoring Great Basin grasslands and improving sustainable agricultural practices
- using virtual fences and collars and GPS tracking headsets to manage livestock grazing
- Methods for solving wildland fire management problems in the Great Basin
- Relationships between diet and chronic kidney disease
- How bacteria and other microbes in the digestive tract affect the health of Nevadans (Learn about participating in the study.)
- better understanding of insect hormones and olfaction to discover new, safer insecticides and management practices. (See live insect displays.)
- mosquitoes and ticks and how to reduce their impact as carriers of diseases such as Lyme disease (See How to remove a tick.)
- the economic value of hunting and statewide economic factors, including the Nevada State Parks system
Nevada Field Day has been a College tradition for decades, and for more than 65 years, faculty have used the 800-acre Main Station Field Laboratory to provide students with hands-on educational experiences and conduct research. It has hosted hundreds of programs aimed at raising healthy livestock, controlling noxious weeds, growing water-efficient crops, and protecting air and water quality.
“September is a great time for people to visit the University’s Main Station Field Laboratory,” said Bill Payne, dean of the college. “There will be so much to see and do, and it helps people understand how we integrate the University’s missions in teaching, research and engagement with our communities to serve Nevadans in their everyday lives.”
Faculty and staff will also be on hand to provide information about the College’s undergraduate and graduate degree programs, as well as programs offered by Extended Studies – non-credit professional development programs and industry-specific training programs.
Other organizations with which the college often partners will also provide information, including the Nevada Western Regional Agricultural Stress Relief Program; Great Basin Research Division, USDA – Agricultural Research Service; Nevada Chapter Society for Range Management; and Bees4Vets, a nonprofit organization that supports veterans and first responders with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) by teaching beekeeping. The program uses space at the University’s Main Station Field Laboratory to run the programs.
Finally, the Codfather Burgers & Hamburgers food truck will be available. Admission is free thanks to support from the Truckee Meadows Water Authority and Western Nevada Supply. For more information, call 775-784-6237. Individuals needing reasonable accommodations should contact Civil Rights and Compliance Coordinator Paul Lessick at least five days prior to the event.