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NEVADA GROWN; Up Coming Events and Workshops for Nevada’s Organic Farmers

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We will be bringing you updates periodically on local educational events throughout the community. One of the organizations that has been instrumental in promoting Nevada farms and assisting with Nevada Certified Farmers Market Association is NevadaGrown.  NevadaGrown also helps in the promoting of agricultural education programs that are produced by Western Nevada  College.

NevadaGrown is a nonprofit Nevada corporation whose mission is to foster the success of sustainable agriculture and to encourage healthy eating for Nevada’s communities through education, support and promotion.

I love the motto this organization has,(which is actually from the USDA) . As you all know my pet peeve in the food industry is some of the products produced by Monsanto*. I consistently hear people at markets we participate in ask about his company . It is terrifying at times when I hear the concern and fear in their voices in regards to the food they put on the table for their families. People want to know their food is safe they also ask, how do I find out? My response…buy local. Support your local farmers. Knowing many of the local farmers in the area…we all work hard to bring you the best, healthiest products free of chemicals and toxic substances that are not fit for the dinner table. In addition when you support your local farmers you help keep the revenue in the community. I don’t know how “farming through chemistry” became the ideal way to produce our food but I do know that “living through chemistry” was not a very healthy lifestyle for Timothy Leary.

Their motto which is a national promotion of the USDA…

“Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food”

 

The organization has some pretty simple goals which are…

Our goals are to:

  • Educate our communities about the benefits of using Nevada-produced foods
  • Encourage healthy eating habits that include seasonal foods from Nevada farms and ranches
  • Provide educational opportunities to increase the knowledge and skills of Nevada’s agricultural producers
  • Create and promote a sustainable local food system
  • Strengthen the bonds between farmers and consumers

 

The organizations website has a list of farms, Farmers Market locations, Nevada produced vegetables and meats, and is a source of information for anyone searching for a local farm or market in your community. You’ll find the website to contain a plethora of information in addition to being very easy to navigate.  Nevada Grown helps promote the agricultura workshops produced by Western Nevada College with educational institutions agricultural departments to help promote workshops for farmers and students in the state of Nevada. Workshops are usually one or two days and cover a variety of subjects. the next event will cover Lavender Crops. Lavender has many wonderful uses, from  aroma therapy to teas. Should this be of interest to you or if you have been wondering how that lavender gets to your body lotion, shampoo or the potpourri then you will want to inquire and attend this event. . The information is below

As always…

Happy gardening

Monday, August 19, 9 am – 4:30 pm

Campie’s Lavender Patch, 12390 Shawnee Road, Stagecoach & 
WNC Carson Campus, 2201 W. College Parkway, Carson City
       
$35 Early Bird – $45 after August 12 – includes lunch

Registration required – Limited enrollmentts

 

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WNC Specialty Crop Institute presents
Adding Value to Lavender Workshop
 

Local lavender growers are developing value-added produc to increase sales and boost farm profits. In this workshop, two successful farmers share their strategies for product development. Workshop includes a farm tour and classroom lecture.

 

Attendees will begin the day at Campie’s lavender Patch where owner Mike van Camp will demonstrate the distillation process for lavender essential oil and hydrosol. In the classroom, students will learn the benefits  and strategies of developing successful value-added lavender products and the best varieties to grow.

 

FEATURED SPEAKERS:

Elizabeth Inman of Purple Adobe Lavender Farm in New Mexico has been growing lavender commercially for almost a decade. The three-acre farm is home to farm tours, educational programs and a retail gift shop. Elizabeth has created a successful line of bath and body products that are sold by regional retailers, on the Internet, at farmers markets and on the farm.

Mike & Diane van Camp of Campie’s Lavender Patch have been growing lavender commercially for more than nine years. With more than 30 varieties, they are Nevada’s premier source for lavender plants. They also sell several value-added products.

Details.

Past Workshops
Pollinator Conservation Planning Short Course, May 2013

 

 

 Honey bee
More than 50 participants attended a full-day workshop on attracting and protecting native pollinators. Featured speakers Jennifer Hopwood and Jessa Guisse from the Xerces Society gave amazing presentations on topics from pollinator biology to habitat restoration and landscape management. The Xerces Society is a leading organization in pollinator conservation. Visitwww.xerces.org for more information on the organization.

Upcoming Events

Agritourism in Northern Nevada

August 12

Direct Marketing Local Meat

October 12
 Direct Marketing Local Meat
November 16
 
Visit our website for workshop details.
 Nevada Small Farm Conference
 
 
Wagon ride
WNC Specialty Crop Institute | 775-423-7565 ext. 2260 |  ann.louhela@wnc.edu |  www.wnc.edu/sciCopyright © 2012. All Rights Reserved.

http://nevadagrown.com/

http://www.campieslavenderpatch.com/

* the views stated are the authors and in no way should be interpreted as a position by WNC, NevadaGrown, or Campie Lavender Patch.

SUCCULENTS: Creating Interesting Looks in Your Garden

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Planters with succulents and Copper Solar Lights.
Farmers Markets Displays; Planters with succulents and Copper Solar Lights.

At the last Farmers Market we had several questions about care of Succulent Plants. Perhaps this is because many of the custom One-of-s-Kind Planters we have in stock right now are planted with different varieties’ of these wonderful and interesting plants. Their versatility in shapes, appearance and colors make them a favorite in any garden and with the right care you can make Succulents either a centerpiece of your garden or use them to line the walkways and create colorful boarders with them. So in the interest of all the Succulent Fans out there this gorgeous Sunday Morning, I bring you useful information on the care of Succulents.

In botany, Succulent Plants, also known as succulents or sometimes fat plants, are plants having some parts that are more normally thickened and fleshy, usually to retain water in arid climates or poor soil conditions. Succulent Plants may store water is various structures, such as leaves and stems. Some definitions also include roots, so that geophytes that survive during unfavorable periods by dying back to underground storage organs may be regarded as succulents. In horticulture use the term “succulent” is often used in a way which excludes plants that botanists would regard as succulent, such as cacti. Succulents are grown as ornamental plants because of their striking and unusual appearance.

Remember even though cacti are regarded as a succulent they are actually in a different family and are categorized differently by botanists.

Succulents are a plant adapting to dry conditions and are considered a Xerophytes’.

GUIDELINES OR CARE;

Light:     If indoors you will want to use a southern exposure window as succulents love bright light. You will want to keep an eye on them and watch the leaves as some leaves will scorch with too much direct sunlight. Alternatively if there is not enough light you will see the leaves start to stretch and elongate themselves. As for outdoor use any where that has a combination of direct sunlight and shade you will be fine. You do not want to place them in all day direct sunlight as all species that I have had experience with will scorch and die. There are many varieties that thrive outdoors here in Northern Nevada, you Sedum’s are great and provide fantastic colors for creating walkway boarders and providing colorful ground cover. Another succulent that can be used this way and has gorgeous flowers are the many varieties’ of ice plants. In addition you also have Hens and Chicks (very popular variety), Pork and Beans, and this list goes on and on. Just remember while they will tolerate some direct sunlight you will want to monitor them at first to make sure they are not burning up.

Creating boarders for walkways
Creating boarders for walkways

TEMPERTURE:   Succulents are much more cold-tolerant than many people assume. As in the desert, where there is often a marked contrast between night and day, succulents thrive in colder nights, down to even 40ºF. Ideally, succulents prefer daytime temperatures between 70ºF and about 85ºF and nighttime temperatures between 50ºF and 55ºF.

If you plant a yard with some of the more exotic varieties you may want to cover them with some straw in the winter to protect from the extreme bite of the cold. However, if you use them in rock formations or near you foundations they should be just fine.

WATER:           Generously in the summer time, should your growing area drains very well perhaps twice a day if temperatures climb and remain over 100 degrees for long periods of time. Remember they are not Cacti that survive for extremely long periods with no water.

  • Overwatering: Overwatered plants are soft and discolored. The leaves may be yellow or white and lose their color. A plant in this condition may be beyond repair, but you can still remove it from its pot and inspect the roots. If they are brown and rotted, cut away dead roots and repot into drier potting media, or take a cutting and propagate the parent plant.
  • Under watering:  Succulents prefer generous water during the growing season (spring and summer). An under watered plant will first stop growing, and then begin to shed leaves. Alternatively, the plant may develop brown spots on the leaves.
    • Never allow your succulents to sit in water.

      Most succulents have shallow roots so growing medium and growing containers can vary greatly
      Most succulents have shallow roots so growing medium and growing containers can vary greatly

GROWING MEDIUMS:            Can not stress this enough…well draining…let me hear you say that…well draining!!!!! You want your soil to drain, so something that is gravely, sandy, or rocky and your succulents will love you!!!!! Now make no mistake they are a living creature so they do need to be fed now and then.  There are special fertilizers designed for succulents usually with the numbers 20-20-20(nitrogen-phosphorus-phosphate) on them. Some recommend a 20-30-20 mix when they are flowering. We use no chemical fertilizers here at Aladay Organic Farms; AG-Safe Aqua Tabs makes a very good food. You will want to stop any feeding during the fall and winter months.succulents 009 [640x480]

succulents 002 [640x480]One of the ways we use succulents here at Aladay Organic Farms is in the planter bed rock formations. The succulents “root” to the rocks thus binding them together. In addition they also provide habitat for insects that become meals for the lizards that live in the rock wall formations of our raised planter beds we use for farming.succulents 006 [640x480]succulents 001 [640x480]

Don’t’ be afraid to experiment with succulents. They are very durable and if you have placed them in an area they do not like you can modify their living conditions or find them a new home in your yard. Just remember even though succulents are extremely durable, succulents do need care…

Until Next time Happy Gardening

Sources

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Succulent_plant

http://houseplants.about.com/od/growinghealthyhouseplants/a/SucculentsBasic.htm

http://www.cssainc.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=234&Itemid=212)

http://www.theamateursdigest.com/feeding.htm

http://www.lsuagcenter.com/en/lawn_garden/home_gardening/flowers/Understand+Fertilizer+Numbers.htm