Valley Road Field Labs & Greenhouse Complex
In 1899, the need for a dedicated space for agricultural research was realized and Washoe County purchased 60 acres of land east of Valley Road and deeded it to the University. The Valley Road Field Laboratory is now just a short walk from the university’s main campus and has developed into ideal setting for urban agriculture and experimentation.
With 27 acres designated for research and education, the property encompasses four state-of-the-art research facilities, including a 29,280 ft2 Greenhouse Complex, the Nevada Genomics Center, biofuels research facilities, and the Valley Road Experimental vineyard and fermentation lab. Additional assets include eight 30x70 high tunnel hoop houses, an 18 acre equestrian facility with indoor, outdoor and dressage arenas, stalls and pastures, and a fully-equipped maintenance engineering shop.
Located on VRFL, the High Desert Farming Initiative (HDFI) will become the University’s agribusiness flagship, serving as an educational facility for students, faculty and community members to discover the fruitful benefits of hoop-house, greenhouse and organic farming in high-desert climates. Along with serving as an open-house learning hub for visitors, HDFI employs student workers and interested community members. Employees help maintain the facilities, harvest crops and contribute to the project’s sustainability efforts through participation in farmers markets and produce sales.
To learn more about research being conducted at the VRFL, check out:
To visit the Greenhouse Reservation System [CLICK HERE]