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WNC offers hoop house workshop in Yerington

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Learn how to construct a low-cost hoop house and extend the growing season beyond the norm.

Western Nevada College’s Specialty Crop Institute is offering a hoop house construction workshop on Jan. 14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Yerington Paiute Indian Reservation, 171 Campbell Lane.

Cost is $35 for those who register by Friday, and $45 afterward. Lunch is included; seating is limited.

The workshop will feature classroom instruction and physical construction of a hoop house, using a popular design developed by Utah State University Extension. The USU hoop house, also known as a high tunnel, is constructed primarily of PVC tubing, precut rebar, greenhouse plastic and 2-by-4s.

Featured speaker is Dan Drost, USU Extension vegetable specialist and a leading researcher/educator on high tunnel production. He co-authored the construction manual for the USU hoop house and has built dozens of hoop houses at workshops in Utah and other western states.

The Yerington Paiute Tribe will host the workshop and provide construction materials for the structure, which will be used as a pilot project to show farmers and residents how hoop houses extend the growing season and protect crops. Cooperative Extension Indian Programs will provide resources and follow-up assistance on hoop house production as needed.

The WNC Specialty Crop Institute is an innovative education program for current and future small-scale farmers, as well as students and professionals. Participants learn alternative farming methods to diversify from low-value crops to high-value, direct-marketed specialty crops that can increase profitability. It is made possible with funding from the Nevada Department of Agriculture and USDA/AMS through the Specialty Crop Block Grant.

To register, contact Project Director Ann Louhela at (775) 351-2551 or e-mail louhelaa@wnc.edu.