Charles Schembre


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Charles Schembre

Administrative Faculty

Desert Farming Initiative Project Manager
Department of CABNR/NAES - Administration
University of Nevada/Mail Stop 221
1664 N. Virginia Street
Reno,  Nevada   89557

Office: (775)
Email: cschembre@cabnr.unr.edu
Building: Knudtsen Resource Center,  Office 143
Personal Web: https://naes.unr.edu/dfi

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ACADEMIC & RESEARCH INTEREST

Schembre joined the University in fall 2018, and in December, he attended a course so he and the Initiative’s staff could teach food safety best practices and began developing a technical assistance program to teach Nevada growers how to comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act. In the spring 2019, Schembre oversaw the planting of a new, 1-acre demonstration vineyard of cabernet franc, merlot and malbec wine grapes at the University, expanding upon more than 20 years of wine grape research done at the Experiment Station focusing on techniques for advancing viticulture in the high desert.

Schembre previously worked for the Napa County Resource Conservation District managing a demonstration vineyard and orchard, as well as multiple conservation programs focused on soil health, water conservation and biodiversity. He also served two terms in the AmeriCorps Watershed Stewards Project.

In addition to researching grapes at the vineyard, Schembre is conducting trials on vegetables and fruits, such as winter lettuce and raspberries, to collect crop data on different growing conditions.

Schembre hopes to expand the farming operation to become a mid-sized farm that focuses on precision farming techniques. He also wants to create more teaching and learning opportunities for students at the Experiment Station, as well as expand the Initiative’s services to the community.