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High-altitude gardening with Gary Romano at South Lake Tahoe Library

Have you ever wondered what it takes to farm in the mountains? Do you have questions about making your garden great?

If so, you will want to be at the South Lake Tahoe Library Saturday, May 20, when Gary Romano, a third-generation farmer and author of "July & Winter: Growing Food in the Sierra," stops by.

Romano will share tips and techniques for growing food in the Sierra Nevada, including the foothills and the east slope. The talk is sponsored by the Friends of the Library in partnership with the UCCE Master Gardeners of Lake Tahoe. It is free and open to the public.

Romano, owner of Sierra Valley Farms in Beckwourth, will discuss which varieties are right for your area, whether to use seeds or transplants, when and how to plant to maximize yield and the benefits of biodiversity. He'll also talk about soil, water, nutrients, pest management and how to extend your growing season.

In his book "July & Winter," Romano details his experience growing food at Sierra Valley Farms. Despite the challenging mountain climate and soil, Romano has successfully grown food on his 65-acre organic farm. He hosts the state's only certified organic on-site farmers' market each summer, along with barn dinners and concerts, according to a press release. He can also be found in the summer at the Tahoe City, Truckee and Reno farmer's markets.

The presentation starts at 2 p.m. The South Lake Tahoe Library is located at 1000 Rufus Allen Blvd. Go to http://www.sierravalleyfarms.com for more information about Romano's farm and events.