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Carson City to host Capital City Farm Days

Nevada Appeal staff report

At Capital City Farm Days, elementary-age youth learn about the importance of agriculture in Nevada. Capital City Farm Days will run from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.,today and Friday.

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension's 4-H presents Capital City Farm Days form 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and Friday at the Fuji Park Fairgrounds.

There will be 30 presenters teaching elementary-age youth about Nevada agriculture, where food and fiber come from, and environmental issues related to agriculture. Attendees will include public, private and home-schooled students and their families from Carson City, Storey County, Douglas County and Dayton Valley.

"Presenters will teach about how ranching and farming in Nevada serve us, as well as the benefits and challenges of maintaining agriculture in our state," Sandra Wallin, with the 4-H Youth Development Program, said. "All of the presenters love the event, and attendees look forward to it each year."

Presentation topics and demonstrations will include composting, organic farming, water, noxious weeds, bees and rangeland. A new participant from Nevada Department of Agriculture this year is "Moolissa," the life-size milking cow. Future Farmers of America and 4-H youth will also bring their livestock project animals and talk about what it takes to raise a market animal. There will be wild horses and burros, craft demonstrations, a herding demonstration, and antique tractor displays and discussions.

Capital City Farm Days has been a part of Carson City Cooperative Extension outreach to the community for 18 years. Cooperative Extension's 4-H Youth Development Education Program teaches leadership, citizenship and life skills to thousands of Nevada youth ages 5 to 19 each year, through activities such as practicing robotics and raising animals, with an emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education.

For more information about Capital City Farm Days, contact 778-887-2252, Wallin at wallins@unce.unr.edu, or Jim Barcellos at barcellosj@unce.unr.edu.

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