weather icon Clear

UNCE offering gardening classes, free pesticide workshop

It’s the time of year for the University of Nevada Extension office to offer more informative workshops and classes than ever before and the cooperative has been busy.

Registration has begun for the very popular “Grow Your Own, Nevada” classes touted to be a “back-to-basics” guide for a great harvest.

The classes will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. each Thursday from April 3 through May 22. Each class fee is $10, but those who sign up for the entire eight-week course can get a $30 discount and pay only $50.

Seating is limited and it is advisable to register now. Master Gardener spokesperson said, “More and more people are interested in two things. They want to save money and they want to know where their produce is coming from and how it’s grown.”

Some facts stated in the Grow Your Own brochure are quite startling. For instance, did you know the average carrot travels over 1,800 miles before it hits your dinner plate?

The cost of produce has been on the rise for the past decade and the brochures state the 93 percent of what the consumer pays goes to processing, packaging, transportation costs even before it gets to the food brokers and other infrastructure.

If you’re looking to lose a little weight and get a workout, try gardening for 45 minutes. It burns as many calories as 30 minutes of aerobics and helps to feed your family at the same time.

The subjects for the spring Grow Your Own classes are: beneficial insects and plants; soil basics and the best amendments; growing tomatoes; the ABCs of fruit trees;

Gardening in raised beds, how to keep it organic; beekeeping and pest control.

The classes will be held at the UNCE offices, 1651 E. Calvada Blvd. Call Woodland at 727-5532 to register.

A workshop for those wanting to learn pesticide application and training is available through a free continuing education workshop March 27. Although the live event is being held in Pershing County, it will be available by video conference to the UNCE offices from 8 a.m. to noon.

The following topics will be presented at the training:

• Integrated Pest Management and EDDMapS (Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System), a web-based mapping system for documenting invasive species distribution, presented by Joy Paterson, Integrated Pest Management Educator, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension;

• Weed Management Research Update, presented by Brad Schultz, Humboldt County Extension educator, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension;

• Measuring Pesticides, presented by Steve Foster, Pershing County Extension educator, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension;

• Irrigation Management During Drought, presented by Jay Davison, Cooperative Extension alternative crop and forage specialist.

Participants must have a current Nevada Pesticide Applicators Certificate or Pest Control License to receive Continuing Education Units of credit, and should bring their certification card or license.

There is no charge for continuing education credits, and applicators attending for CEUs will not take the applicator certification exam. Those wanting to become certified by the state to work in pest control can register at http://www.unce.unr.edu/programs/sites/pesticide/course/ and follow the links. The required book is available online as well.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Nye County Sheriff’s Office set to use ankle monitors to relieve jail crowding

The Nye County Sheriff’s Office is set to relieve crowding in its detention center with the use of an ankle monitoring system. On Feb. 4 the Nye County Commission gave the go-ahead to a monitoring and services agreement with Illinois-based company Track Group Inc.

Nevada Democratic Caucus early voting starts this weekend

The process of awarding delegates to the array of candidates vying for the Democratic presidential nomination is underway, and Nevada will the be third state in the nation to voice its presidential preferences.

Grazing regulations up for revision

The Bureau of Land Management is currently in the processing of revising its grazing regulations, filing a notice of intent with the Federal Register in late January to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement detailing how the proposed changes could effect the land and wildlife.

Nevada Census grants available to fund materials, outreach

The Nevada Complete Count Committee is now rolling out its 2020 census administrative support and partnership grant applications, aimed at helping provide cash to organizations and entities working on the 2020 census.

In Season: Start seeds now for a spring and summer harvest

This is an exciting time of year for the vegetable gardener. Seeds started over the next few weeks will be providing you with a bounty in just a few short months. Seed starting is easier than you may think if you follow a few simple steps.

An Evening of Vaudevill in Tribute to Amargosa Opera House 52nd Year

Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys have been playing 1920s jazz-age music long enough to discover a nearly irresistible ‘prescription for joy’ and they’re bringing it to Marta Becket’s Amargosa Opera House stage this Saturday night. Headlining for the 52nd anniversary celebration of the famous theater-in-the-middle-of-nowhere, Klein’s ensemble tops off a program packed with good old-fashioned vaudevillian fun.

Seven Pahrump athletes sign to compete in college

Jazmyne Turner will be running track at Missouri Valley College next year, and how she got there shows how much recruiting has changed in college sports.

Pahrump’s super spellers display their smarts

The Floyd Elementary School Library was a scene of utter excitement and incredible pride as the best spellers from each of the valley’s four elementary schools stepped into the spotlight to showcase their skills during the Pahrump Valley 2020 Spelling Bee.

Friends of the Belmont Courthouse publish newsletter

This past December was a very exciting month for the Friends of the Belmont Courthouse, as the organization had the first issue of its brand new newsletter published for the public’s enjoyment.

Nye County Commission focuses on Ishani Ridge bond monies

After approving the acceptance of a bond payment for the uncompleted Ishani Ridge subdivision in Pahrump, the Nye County Commission followed up with an agenda item delineating the exact fund into which that money will be deposited.