Betsy Caughlin Donnelly Park
3295 Mayberry Drive, Reno (click to view a map)
Park Ranger: (775) 828-6612
A picturesque 30-acre neighborhood park located in west Reno, this park features six acres of landscaped grounds, walking trails, benches, and breathtaking views of the Sierras. A large 20-acre irrigated pasture offers a pastoral view into our past ranching tradition in the Truckee Meadows. The property is also home to a historic ranch house once belonging to the Caughlin family.
Betsy Caughlin Donnelly park was donated to Washoe County for preservation as open space in 1990 by Betsy Caughlin Donnelly. The property was once part of the family's larger 6,000 acre working ranch, producing crops and livestock until 1955.
Betsey Caughlin Donnelly is the proud home of Reno Food System's Park Farm!
Reno Food Systems has partnered with Washoe County Parks to create a 5 acre vegetable farm located at the northeast corner of the park along Mayberry Drive, just east of the historic ranch house property. This small demonstration farm will serve the community by training farmers and increasing local food production. Farm interns working on the property will receive hands-on experience growing high-density, organic crops in Northern Nevada's arid climate through natural and regenerative methods.
Reno Food Systems is a local non-profit that promotes healthy communities through urban agriculture. Their mission is cultivating community-based food systems through education, research and civic engagement.
"Our vision is a resilient, interconnected local food system that supports personal health, environmental sustainability, and economic viability. Our Park Farm program's intention is to grow the next generation of conscientious farmers, innovative educators, and sensible leaders. Through intensive training and mentorship programs, farmer interns will experience the inter-connectedness of food systems and develop contemporary methods to deeply effective change in their communities. While curriculum is centered on applied holistic farming concepts, our interns will participate in all aspects of their food system and work with local food cooperatives, chain grocers, large and small distributors, restaurateurs and chefs, state universities, hospitals, local nonprofits and food banks, and public schools. Alumni will be prepared to initiate their own agri-business, effectively advocate for local, state, and federal policies that will enhance their food system, and serve as an ambassador of change for how we participate in our future." - Reno Food Systems
Activities: Walking Trails