Desert Farming Initiative


The Desert Farming Initiative (DFI) is a diversified commercial farm at UNR which serves as a demonstration, education, outreach, and research farming program. Learn more on our website!

Our Mission

Our Mission is to advance and strengthen sustainable agriculture and food systems in Nevada while researching and demonstrating best practices that can be replicated in other high desert climates.

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

  • Work Trade Program
    • Participants commit to volunteer for one 4-hour shift per week and receive $20 value of vegetables or fruit from the farm per week, along with free admission to DFI on-farm workshops. Priority is given to UNR students. Most work will include harvesting, washing, and packing produce. Must be in good physical health.
  • Intermittent Events and Workshops
    • Become a member of this page to be notified of our upcoming events! Past events have included planting in the vineyard and seeding in the greenhouse. 

Sustainable Development Goals
14 People | 5 Impacts | 13 Hours | 262 Total Economic Impact