Save A University Farm from Development
  • Petitioned James Dean Leavitt

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Board of Regents
James Dean Leavitt
Board of Regents
Ron Knecht
Mayor CIty of Reno
Bob Cashell
Board of Regents
Mark Alden
Chancellor Dan Klaich
Dan Klaich
Board of Regents
Dr. Andrea Anderson
Board of Regents
Robert Blakely
Chairman Board of Regents
Jason Geddes, Phd
Board of Regents
Cedric Crear
Board of Regents
Mark Doubrava, M.D.
Board of Regents
Kevin Melcher
Board of Regents
Dr. Jack Lund Schofield
Board of Regents
Rick Trachok
Board of Regents
Kevin Page
Board of Regents
Michael Wixom
Reno City Council Ward 1
Dan Gustin
Reno City Council Ward 2
Sharon Zadra
Reno City Council Ward 3
Jessica Sferrazza
Reno City Council Ward 4
Dwight Dortch
Member at Large Reno City Council
Pierre Hascheff
Reno City Council Ward 5
David Aiazzi
Nevada Governor
Nevada State Senate
Nevada State House

Save A University Farm from Development

    1. Wendy Baroli
    2. Petition by

      Wendy Baroli

      Reno, NV

The University of Nevada's University Farm, a working farm used to teach college students about farming and agriculture, is under attack. The University's Board of Regents recently voted to have part of the farm rezoned to a light industrial/commercial site. Unless the City Council or University Regents reverse this decision, the 112-year-old farm could be destroyed by commercial development.

The University of Nevada's College of Agriculture is one of the few colleges in America where students can learn at a working farm on campus. With local, sustainable, urban farms just starting to crop up in cities across America, the country desperately needs collegiate agricultural programs like that which could be offered by University Farm.

As a Reno-based small farmer, I know just how important this farm is to the community. The 1140-acre University Farm is a living piece of history, a hub for agricultural research, and a learning center for America's future generation of farmers. University Farm should be treasured as an invaluable community resource--not destroyed to make way for even more development in Reno.

America already loses more than one acre of farmland to development every minute. Let's not let University Farm become another casualty.

This issue will go before the City Council on December 14, 2011, so it's important to voice support now for conserving all of University Farm. Please sign this petition urging University of Nevada officials and the Reno City Council to protect University Farm.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. City Council to hear petition against rezoning the Farm; 14 Dec, 6pm

      Wendy Baroli
      Petition Organizer

      Please attend the City Council meeting to show your opposition to rezoning 104 acres of the UNR Main Station Farm. Wed, 14 Dec. 6pm, City Hall. Information provided in the agenda. Meeting is at 6pm! although information can be found in the agenda for the noon meeting that day. See page 10 of the agenda. Additional information provided in the first Staff Reports link as well.

    2. Reno Farmer Recruits 10,000 to Save University of Nevada Farm

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      More than 10,000 people have joined a popular campaign on Change.org asking the Reno City Council and University of Nevada officials to save one of the only university-owned farms in the U.S. from commercial development.
      Wendy Baroli, a Reno-based...

    3. Calling all University of Nevada Students North and South

      Wendy Baroli
      Petition Organizer

      We have reached over 10,000 signatures on our petition to protect UNR's 1140 acre university research farm station. This is an amazing feat in so short a time period - what we require now is to hear from students about how they envision new adaptive agriculture. The FARM belongs to you! It is time for you to just like farmers have to get off their tractors you all need to come out from behind your computers and studies - help us tell the University and the City of Reno how you envision a new adaptive healthy agricultural program that would inspire you to seek a four year degree!

    4. Reached 10,000 signatures
    5. Interim President Marc Johnson issues a press release to address us sort of

      Wendy Baroli
      Petition Organizer

      For all of you following this issue the press release from UNR does not address the real issues and attempts to placate those concerned with Wolf Pack meats. The ISSUE is this - THE FARM must exist for as long as UNR exist - period. This land must not be used for development. We are not tearing down the student union so they can develop student housing. Even though it is needed. Seeking entitlements on 104 acres of land and then suggesting we are all acting as if there is much ado about nothing is frankly ignoring the concerns the public has over its Farm - that's right people it is YOUR farm your tax dollars pay for it! Apparently big brother is allowed however to speculate on land values and then tell you that it won't effect your Farm. Those who have signed and those who have not send Interim President Marc Johnson a personal letter as well as his bossed the Chancellor and Board of Regents telling them that the farm is not for development now or in 7 years or in 20 years!

    6. Reached 7,000 signatures
    7. We are going to have to all do even better please consider posting on FB

      Wendy Baroli
      Petition Organizer

      I have posted a series of emails on my personal Facebook page that suggests there is no doubt the
      the University Farm is on the chopping block. Please see reference since the 1970's. This may be one of the
      single-most important issues you can participate in as open space, and the new local food economy NEEDS
      urban research farms. This cannot be an issue about budgets but must be one of civic duty to ensure food
      safety, open space, and opportunity to see a new economy flourish! Please don't stop asking people to sign
      we NEED our voices even louder than ever!

      Thank you!

    8. Reached 1,000 signatures
    9. Yes 899 come folks we can do it 1000 today!

      Wendy Baroli
      Petition Organizer

      Between milking the cow (well the surge milker milks her) feeding new heritage Berkshire piglets and their very large momma, securing the turkeys for 37 local Thanksgiving dinners and breaking ice - you all are making our voices heard! Thank you - now let's keep up the pressure - Thank you! The future thanks you, and the new young farmers of today thank you! This is a great link to the New Face of Agriculture.

    10. Let's do it 1000 today!

      Wendy Baroli
      Petition Organizer

      Momentum is ours. Open space, local food, and a agricultural program that will give our students REASONS to stay in Nevada or choose our beautiful state as their new home. we cannot let up or let them pretend this issue will go away. There is yet another Golden Age of Agriculture occurring and it is at the decentralized local level. Supporting new farmers and ranchers by educating them in the agriculture practices of stewardship, small intensive crop rotation and cover cropping for building soil and protecting from erosion, small multiple animal management practices for returning to breeds more and hardy less intensive medical antibiotics for growth. Research into smaller heritage breeds that are compatible to the new smaller farm and ranching model as well as consumers that eat less meat yet still maintain a fair income for farmers and ranchers. Check out some history!

    11. Listen to UNR, Interium President Marc Johnson, discuss the University Farm

      Wendy Baroli
      Petition Organizer

      It is clear there is a disconnect between the University and the new modern agriculture and food economy!

    12. I truly believe today may be the day if we PUSH to tell everyone we know

      Wendy Baroli
      Petition Organizer

      If we could hit 1000 signatures the message resonates in the arena of politics that says for every person willing to sign a petition or send a letter there is a multiplier of ten - think about what that means to these Regents and the City Council in terms of political interest. Think about the message it sends to all the states across this country that agriculture IS important, that local food has changed their economy, that education to create a new food economy must be a priority of the higher education system - an education that creates a four year degree that applies to real life sustainable agriculture! Here is my response to Interim President Marc Johnson, the Board of Regents, and our oft lost in the fray College of Agriculture now known as CABNR. The claim that you cannot come out with a four year degree is absolutely inaccurate and will keep our State University behind the trend to educate farmers in the future of the new food economy.

    13. Reached 750 signatures
    14. Letters from the Regents

      Wendy Baroli
      Petition Organizer

      I am not sure how many of you have received the letter from Jason Geddess, although it seems to be innocuous at first, re read what it actually says. Simply put, there is no development planned now - but our issue is to ensure there is no development EVER - open space is the only option for this land and we need to make that clear. His suggestion that one day he will take into consideration your concerns tells you what he actually means. On the other hand Regent Ron Knecht, deserves a letter from each of us thanking him for his support. It is good to know we have a forward thinking individual desipte how difficult it must be to be in his position.

      Check out what innovative direction our Farm could take to make it 'useful' considering Mr. Geddess argument that our farm is not used to capacity. Of course you do require money into a program to be able to execute these agricultural teaching programs.

    15. Incredible keep it up and we might hit 1000 signatures!

      Wendy Baroli
      Petition Organizer

      Many of you may have already received the "boilerplate" email from Regent Jason Geddess - just keep in mind this question - if they did not intend to develop the land why would they have it annnexed, which cost money, a pud created which costs even more money, and apply for rezoning which also cost money - money supposedly the University does not have ... not to throw stone and keep the discussion civil but the argument of "protecting" the land for the people by putting entitlement for warehousing just does not seem to ring accurate. You ask Interim President Marc Johnson and see what sort of answer you can discern.

      while you are at it check our this campaign - it is money for jobs...local farms local food act!

    16. 543 signatures and more to come! Keep asking folks please!

      Wendy Baroli
      Petition Organizer

      We are reaching some critical mass let's not forget people cannot sign if you do not encourage them to do it! Please follow the link below for more information on food security and why this fight is so important!

    17. Reached 500 signatures
    18. You all are AMAZING! We are at 486 come on 500!

      Wendy Baroli
      Petition Organizer

      People understand the issue more than they have been given credit to - open space, local food, and humanely processed meats only happens if there are facilities that can be a part of that new economy. What makes this an even greater opportunity is our University can teach students not only the farm production and animal science part of agriculture but the connection to marketing that product to a new and eager consumer. People want local healthy fair humane food - UNR could lead the way to this for future agriculture!

    19. 467 Day Two let's hit 500 tonight!

      Wendy Baroli
      Petition Organizer

      Signing this petition gives notice that people care about agriculture, they care deeply about their food, and most important they are willing to take action to ensure those things will stay in their community and are willing to support others in this fight! Keep Our Farm Station intact -Please keep asking for signatures. We can learn something from other states -

    20. Reached 250 signatures
    21. We have hit 61 let's try and double that Sunday!

      Wendy Baroli
      Petition Organizer

      We have supporters from across the globe that care about local food, open space, and agricultural education - what about you will you ask others to join us?

    22. Reached 50 signatures
    23. People all over this country are helping us!

      Wendy Baroli
      Petition Organizer

      Remember, local food and farming is everyone's business!

    24. Reached 25 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Ernest Perkins MINDEN, NV
      • almost 3 years ago

      I buy meat from Wolf Pack and they provide high quality meat and great customer service

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      • almost 3 years ago

      If you want to live in a city to proud of, buy local. Live and work local. Earn the money here and keep it here. How many more ways can it be said?

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    • Nicole Sterling RENO, NV
      • almost 3 years ago

      Wolf Pack meats is a great place to be able to buy meat that is grass fed and not pumped with hormones. We buy a years worth of meat from them every year. Also it is important to support our local community!

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    • Cindy Ferretto RENO, NV
      • almost 3 years ago

      Reno has enough empty warehouse & love the university property. Have live close by all my life & don't want to see it distroyed

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    • Janit Osborn WASHOE VALLEY, NV
      • almost 3 years ago

      We need local business & open farm lands to maintain the great quality of life here in the truckee meadows. We DO NOT need another strip mall or housing development in this pristine farming area.

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