Rachel received a B.A., in Communication Studies from California State University, San Bernardino, with a concentration in Public Argumentation and Rhetoric in 1997. She spent years in the private sector managing stores for Target and Borders Bookstore, leaving it for the family Horticulture business. The small crop specialty production nursery provided ornamental perennials to local independent nurseries in Nevada as well as edible flowers, specialty herbs and mushrooms to local restaurants in Nevada and California. The nursery had great partnerships with local high schools, FFA and local communities, helping to create high school berry programs, orchards, help establish the petunia basket program for Gardnerville, Minden and Carson City, on site classes partnering with the department of Agriculture and garden clubs in Smith and Mason Valleys.
4-H Teen Pollinator Ambassador Program
Establish a statewide, Nevada 4-H Pollinator Ambassador Program, creating awareness, education, outreach, and peer-to-peer educational opportunities for at least 10 Nevada
youth and adult Extension professionals.
Master Gardener Energy Way Demonstration Garden
The Master Gardeners of Washoe County maintain a small raised-bed demonstration garden featuring ornamental plants. It is located on the east side of the Extension, Washoe County Office.
Master Gardener Native Plants Demonstration Garden
Members of the Master Gardeners of Washoe County's Native Plants Committee maintain a small demonstration garden on the west side of Extension, Washoe County Office.
Master Gardeners of Washoe County
Master Gardeners provide free, research-based horticulture information to Nevadans.
Pioneer Center Landscape
Extension's Master Gardeners of Washoe County maintain the landscaping around the Pioneer Center located in downtown Reno. Explore the grounds to see what grows well right here in Reno.