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New Hoop Houses Under Construction at UNR Field Lab

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The University of Nevada's High Desert Farming Initiative is one step closer to being able to grow produce almost year-round.

Frames are going up for structures called hoop houses at the Valley Road field lab. They're kind of like green houses that will allow agriculture students to do research year-round.

"We have an opportunity here, especially with northern Nevada to really build upon the demand for localized foods, and I think it will create a lot of opportunities for perhaps some of the younger folks that want to become farmers," says Urban Roots Executive Director Jeff Bryant.

The High Desert Farming Initiative is a cooperative effort between the university Schools of Agriculture and Business and certain community groups. They secured a grant to build six hoop houses so that they could grow different plants, and study new farming techniques.

Once the hoop houses are built, they plan to grow a special type of lettuce that is supposed to reduce labor by 40%.

They'll pass their knowledge on to local farmers - and they'll pass the food on to the university's dining halls.

"The local food movement is really strong in the us, and we also feel it's growing in northern Nevada. So we only hope that increases our support for the High Desert Farming Initiative," says Jennifer Ott of the High Desert Farming Initiative.

University officials say they expect to finish the construction some time next month - and then planting can start this September.

Written by Arianna Bennett

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