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SBS: Quail Hollow Farms

This edition of Small Business Sunday will be featuring a farm right outside of Las Vegas. Located in the Moapa valley lies Quail Hollow Farms just 15 miles north of Las Vegas. This farm is inspiring as they are role models for the sustainable living movement. What they take out of the ground is replenished through their composting methods of using produce and animal waste to fertilize the soil. This will mend and keep the soil enriched to produce substantial yields year after year. The farm also practices all organic farming which means what you are getting is pure, natural food with no added chemicals. Also, the farm recently started seeing yields from their orchard and vineyard. Plants are not all that’s on the farm, they also raise chickens, turkeys, and rabbits.

Quail Hollow is a Nevada Grown member and a proud provider of community supported agriculture. They  provide weekly farm baskets either seasonally or full year. What comes in the basket depends on what is being grown on the farm. They grow 30 different organic vegetable varieties throughout the year.  This year they are able to provide food for 150 individuals with their shareholder programs. Farm baskets can either be picked up by shareholders either at the farm or at designated locations in Vegas.

Quail Hollow also hosts activities out on their farm. In fact, at the end of this month they will be holding a tomato and salsa tasting event opened to non members for only $5.  Their will be awards and prizes for the best salsa. Other activities the farm hosts are the Farm for Fork dinner – only by invitation – and a local seed exchange event this December. There are exclusive shareholder activities throughout the year as well.

I was able to purchase some peculiar round zucchinis that resemble dark green apples rather than gourds. They are plump delicious and great for slicing or stuffing. You can look for Quail Hollow Farm at Bet the Farm Market held at the Springs Preserve on Thursdays from 10am  to 3 pm and/or the Downtown3rd Farmers Market on Fridays from 9 am to 2pm. Stop, talk to the friendly farmers and check out their products.

Thank you to Quail Hollow Farms for delivering superb farming practices and allowing us to buy local in the desert.

Visit their website at http://quailhollowfarmcsa.com

Buy Fresh, Buy Local

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tom Atkins
    Jun 17, 2012 @ 13:29:28

    Fascinating. For the past three years, I’ve lived in Vermont, where sustainable farming is HUGE part of local agriculture. But I never thought of it in the Vega area, where I have traveled often. I’ll have to pay more attention!

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    • offthevegasstrip
      Jun 18, 2012 @ 08:27:08

      My first garden in the desert didn’t work out so well, I had lizards and caterpillars that stole my leaves. In order to grow you have to try several strategies. I’m going to get back on the horse next year. They have a few programs here that teach you how to start growing. There are 4 farmers markets here though with a handful of Nevada farmers. The growing season is actually long here but surviving the 115 degree summer heat is the trick! Next time your up check out the markets. The one downtown is the best for visitors. Thanks for the comment

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