The ease of cultivating pomegranates led the Moapa Valley FFA Chapter in Overton, Nev., to plant a small – but growing – orchard. Take a closer look around the facility.
Welcome to the Farm
A sign marks the entrance to the Moapa Valley High School farm where members of the FFA chapter tend crops and livestock. The 40-acre farm includes a demonstration garden planted with drought-tolerant crops; an FFA Living to Serve Environmental Grant helped fund the garden. One of the highlights of the farm is a 1.5-acre pomegranate orchard. The Nevada climate is perfect for cultivating the exotic fruits.
Freshmen Elayna Sosa and Fox Soderquist are among the students in the agricultural education program who help pick the ripe fruits in November. With the exception of a few fruits clinging to high branches, the bushes are low growing, allowing students easy access for harvesting. In addition to a small pomegranate orchard on campus, the FFA chapter leases land from the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension that includes several pomegranate bushes.