(Re)discover Extension at Field Day 2014

PUBLISHED IN THE RENO-GAZETTE JOURNAL

“The founders of the Cooperative Extension back in 1914 would be amazed at what the Extension has become today.” –Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval. Read about Extension today online at growyourownnevada.com/program-highlights.
“The founders of the Cooperative Extension back in 1914 would be amazed at what the Extension has become today.” –Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval.  Read about Extension today online at growyourownnevada.com/program-highlights.

Cooperative Extension is the college of UNR that offers low- and no-cost community programs statewide to address the major needs of every Nevadan. We have been a part of Nevada life for 100 years. Think you don’t know us? Think again.

We offer over 100 educational programs throughout 19 counties in six subject areas: 4-H youth development; agriculture; children, youth and families; community development; health and nutrition; horticulture; and natural resources. If you have heard of 4-H, talked to a Master Gardener or used Living With Fire information to protect your home, you know us.

Whether you have been with us for a long time or are new to Extension, we can do more for you. To find out what, come to Main Station Field Day 2014 on Saturday, September 20 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at 5895 Clean Water Way in Reno. Admission and parking are free; please RSVP online at http://www.cabnr.unr.edu/fieldday/.

The theme for this event is “Feed the World. Protect the Planet.” There, the College of Cooperative Extension; the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources; and the Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station will put University research to work in your life. Discover solutions to drought, wildfire, nutrition and local food production issues through exhibits, food and fun.

Extension Field Day 2014 exhibits and activities include:

  • 4-H Youth Development: The Merry Milkers 4-H Club will be on hand with a few of their project animals, and the High Sierra Riders 4-H Club will showcase Jasper the mascot horse. 4-H staff will work with youth to perform a hands-on science, technology, engineering and math experiment to make pinwheels.
  • Health and Nutrition: The Nevada Department of Agriculture will feature area school gardens during Field Day 2014, including those which partner with Extension’s Grow Yourself Healthy program to foster healthful eating habits and increase physical activity.
  • Horticulture: Master Gardener Volunteers will provide free consultations. Stop by to learn how to have beautiful, functional and food-producing landscapes and gardens with limited water. Free fact sheets, coloring books and other giveaways will be available.
  • Natural Resources: Visit Living With Fire’s Ember House to see how burning embers traveling ahead of wildfires can destroy your home, and learn how to prevent it. Defensible space literature for all and free prizes for youth will be available.
  • Natural Resources: An extreme weather event booth will present information to help Nevadans survive our region’s droughts and floods. Remember, Flood Awareness Week is November 10-15, and floods are possible in times of drought.

To learn more about Cooperative Extension programs, visit growyourownnevada.com/program-highlights. Information about additional Field Day 2014 exhibits and activities, including Wolf Pack Meats tours, livestock exhibits, farm tours and unmanned aerial vehicle (drones) exhibits, is available online at www.cabnr.unr.edu/fieldday/ or by calling 775-784-1660. Field Day 2014 is sponsored by Truckee Meadows Water Authority.

Ashley Andrews is the Horticulture Assistant with Cooperative Extension. For questions about your plants, contact a Master Gardener at 775-336-0265 or mastergardeners@unce.unr.edu, or visit www.growyourownnevada.com.

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