RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- The University of Nevada Reno's High Desert Farming Initiative is in the final stages of building new hoop houses to grow crops this fall.
While they look similar to green houses, project manager Jennifer Ott said the biggest difference is hoop houses aren't temperature-controlled.
"It's not heated or cooled but because of the covering it gives us a couple of weeks extension of the season on either side," Ott said.
Volunteers are working to get those coverings on the hoop house and it's no small task, but Ott said their work will pay off once they're up and running.
"We can test new techniques and then give the information out to the public," Ott said.
Information that volunteer Jeff Bryant said will really help farmers in the region.
"Adapting to the high desert and using this new technology that we have, I think it's going to allow us to grow different kinds of crops give farmers more options on how to make more income for their own businesses," Bryant said.
The High Desert Farming Initiative's first customer is going to be the University of Nevada itself.
"Our first crop will be greens that we are going to sell to the dining facilities on UNR's campus," Ott said.
Before they can plant, volunteers will be putting in lots of time and sweat to make sure the hoop houses are ready.
"There is still a ton of work to do," Bryant said. "One down, five to go."
They hope to finish the rest of the hoop houses and start planting sometime during the first two weeks of September.