The Research Center & Demonstration Orchard is part of University of Nevada, Las Vegas's Center for Urban Water Conservation. The research center has been a cooperative effort between Extension and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas for over 25 years. The main emphasis has always been on water conservation in the Mojave Desert. From the very beginning, deciduous fruit trees, wine and table grapes, and various kinds of vegetables have been grown and tested for their ability to survive and produce under desert conditions.
The goal of this facility is to research new varieties of fruit-producing trees, vines and other plant materials in sustainable ways. The facility features over 800 fruit trees and grapevines, vegetables and other row crops. In recent years, test areas of hops and drought-tolerant wine grape rootstocks have been added.
The center is also a place where hands-on training/teaching opportunities can be held for homeowners and commercial clientele. Throughout the year, hands-on classes are taught to the public. These classes vary from hands-on pruning of fruit trees and grapevines, picking the right fruit tree, irrigation, water conservation through organic mulching and compost making, etc.
Who maintains the center?
The facility is maintained with the help of Master Gardeners and community volunteers.
What happens to the produce grown there?
It can be obtained by bakers, chefs and the community members through our Farmer's Market or curbside pickup on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 8:00 - 12:00 noon. Excess is given to local charities and food banks.
Curbside Pickup Available from the Extension Orchard
With the recent quarantines caused by the outbreak of COVID-19 many people have relied on picking up takeout orders across this land. Having fresh produce readily available, the Research Center and Demonstration Orchard in North Las Vegas has instituted a curbside program this summer to supply the needs of the community. Customers can place an order, set a pickup time and receive fresh peaches, apricots, pears, apples, figs or vegetables that were picked that very day! Varieties of fruit and vegetables vary by season. This service will continue even after the Center is opened to the public starting September 1 for those who want minimal contact. Any excess produce is donated to locate food banks.
Can I visit the center?
The Center is located at 4600 Horse Drive, North Las Vegas. The Center is open to the public Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. except for major holidays. For more information contact the Master Gardener Help Desk at 702-786-4361.