UI Extension, Idaho Small Farms & Local Food

UI Extension, Idaho Small Farms & Local Food

Join us in celebrating Idaho's small farms and the many restaurants, retailers, schools & other businesses that sell locally-grown food and farm products!

Operating as usual

22/03/2024

Our annual free Produce Safety webinar series kicks off in two weeks, on April 4 at 12 pm PST/1 pm MST!

All will be recorded, so registering now ensures you can view the webinar when it’s convenient to you. https://uidaho.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_HUL-zcVrQsG3qTjwOYQuEA

FSMA PRODUCE SAFETY WEBINAR SERIES 2024
University of Idaho Extension FSMA PRODUCE SAFETY WEBINAR SERIES 2024
April 4 - 12 pm PST | 1 pm MST
April 18 - 10 am PST | 11 am MST
April 25 - 10 am PST | 11 am MST

Our annual webinar series assists growers in implementing food safety practices on farms and preparing for successful inspection.

Topics were selected based on direct feedback from our Idaho growers featuring speakers chosen for their expertise in addressing these issues.

Each webinar is one-hour in length and offered free of charge.
Live Q&A will follow all sessions. ISDA Pesticide Credits may be available.

April 4 - 12 pm PST | 1 pm MST
Developing an Environmental Monitoring Program for On-Farm Food Safety presented by Dr. Claire Murphy, Food Safety Specialist at Washington State University in Prosser, WA

April 18 - 10 am PST | 11 am MST
Record Keeping for Produce Safety, Simplified presented by Ariel Agenbroad, University of Idaho Extension Educator and Greg Blahato, Idaho Department of Agriculture Produce Safety Program Manager

April 25 - 10 am PST | 11 am MST
Growing Microgreens and Mushrooms with Food Safety in Mind presented by Alexa Johnson of the Nevada Department of Agriculture.

FOR MORE INFO AND TO REGISTER VISIT
https://uidaho.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_HUL-zcVrQsG3qTjwOYQuEA
Webinars are free, but pre-registration is required to receive a link to the live webinar and access to recorded webinars.
Questions? Contact Ariel Agenbroad at [email protected]

Spring into Legal Power Weeks 14/03/2024

Don't miss out on these new FREE resources from Farm Commons!

Spring into Legal Power Weeks Boost the legal strength of your farm or ranch. Are legal risks, questions, fears, or confusion weighing you down? Whether you are a beginning farmer and rancher or more experienced…

24/02/2024

Join Farm Commons and register for this workshop for FREE!

The main farming season is quickly approaching (so says Punxsutawney Phil, anyway). Don't let the rush of the season get ahead of your risk management plans. Stay on top of your business goals by taking the Discovering Resilience workshop. You'll learn the 10 best legal practices for farms and ranches, and finally address those legal questions that have been simmering in the back of your mind. The workshop kicks off on Thursday, Feb 29. There are a few spots left... join us by registering here: https://farmcommons.org/product/discovering-resilience-a-legal-workshop-for-farmers-and-ranchers-spring-2024/



21/02/2024

The main farming season is quickly approaching (so says Punxsutawney Phil, anyway). Don't let the rush of the season get ahead of your risk management plans. Stay on top of your business goals by taking the Discovering Resilience workshop. You'll learn the 10 best legal practices for farms and ranches, and finally address those legal questions that have been simmering in the back of your mind. The workshop kicks off on Thursday, Feb 29. There are a few spots left... join us by registering here: https://farmcommons.org/product/discovering-resilience-a-legal-workshop-for-farmers-and-ranchers-spring-2024/



15/02/2024

Great opportunity for those in the Treasure Valley area!

GREAT NEWS! This 2024 Pasture Management Series starting date has been delayed! (The deadline to register is February 23.)
This series will be hosted by UI Educator Cheyanne Myers and is a 9 week course that will run from February 28 to May 1 at UI Extension, Canyon County Office on Wednesdays from 6:30-9:30 PM.
Cost is $150/person or per unit (2 participants one set of materials and 1 soil test). Topics include pasture grasses, grazing, soil and animal care. Contact 208-459-6003 or [email protected] to register. ~dlc

31/01/2024

Sometimes the first step to becoming a small farmer is to become a better gardener! Don't miss this great opportunity serving communities in Payette, Washington and Gem counties! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/university-of-idaho-tri-county-master-gardener-training-tickets-801938839657?aff=oddtdtcreator

Registration is now open for the Tri County Master Gardener Training! Please use the QR code to register. Preference will be given to residents of Payette, Washington and Gem counties, but all are invited to attend 12 week course!

29/01/2024

For those in north Idaho, join us for a class on Beef Cattle Care Basics! Please register by February 1, 2024.

BEEF CATTLE CARE BASICS
February 2, 2024, 5 to 8pm
UI Sandpoint Organic Agriculture Center, 10881 North Boyer, Sandpoint
$15 fee (includes dinner)

Are you new to raising beef cattle? Would you like to learn more about beef cattle care? If so, then join us for this evening class on beef cattle care basics.
UI Extension Educators, Meranda Small and Audra Cochran, for this introductory class on raising beef cattle. Topics that will be discussed include space requirements, equipment, facilities, nutritional needs, herd health and pasture management.
The program starts at 5pm with registration. Dinner will be served at 5:30. The presentations will run from 6 to 8 pm.

For more information or to register, please call 208-263-8511 or email [email protected].

Please register by February 1. Thanks!

27/01/2024

For those in the Treasure Valley, join us and our ASWCD partners!

Exciting news! Our Harvest and Hearth workshops have just been opened up to register as a single event. That means if you were unable to make Friday presentations work for you, you can still opt-in for one of our three hands-on workshops on Saturday at Peaceful Belly Farm.

And if you're planning to attend Harvest and Hearth, we still have plenty of space available for you to claim a seat in a workshop, along with your conference registration.

To register for a solo workshop: you will still click on the Harvest and Hearth registration - just don't select the Friday workshops. You'll be all set for your Saturday-only class!

Workshop options include:
Lamb Sausage Making with Chef Nate Whitley of
Natural Hide Tanning with Lacey Carr,
Spinning for Beginners with Melanie Smith of

Register at adaswcd.org

13/12/2023

For those in the Boise area, this is a great opportunity to learn and connect with others!

Heritage Orchard Conference 19/09/2023

This is a “can’t miss” free event!

Heritage Orchard Conference This conference will touch base on topics ranging from conservation to preventing disease of varieties.

02/08/2023

Hooray for Idaho Farmers Markets!

19/07/2023

In Boise. There is still time to register for next week’s Fridays on the Farm Workshop Series! We’ll have plenty of shade, great information from local farmers and other experts, and hands on tools and tips to help you stay ahead of pests this season.
July 28: Bug Out: Integrated Pest Management
In this workshop, you will:
• Identify common weeds, diseases and insects in our area
• Learn about least toxic, research-based control methods that work
• See management strategies on site
• Create a plan for managing pests

Register online at https://bit.ly/registerui_ada or by calling UI Extension at 208-287-5900. Register for one or both!
Military Veterans use code HARVESTHEROES for a $5 discount off each workshop!

26/06/2023

Still time to sign up for this Friday's workshop!

Treasure Valley growers! We are excited ao announce a three part series of Cultivating Success Idaho on-farm workshops in Boise this summer in collaboration with Global Gardens and the Idaho Farmer Veteran Coalition. Register for one or all three, and if you are a military veteran, use code HARVESTHEROES for a discount. WE hope to see you on the farm! https://marketplace.uidaho.edu/.../web/product_detail.jsp...

20/06/2023

We're excited about this upcoming webinar and hope you can join us and our friends at the Idaho Farmers' Market Association for this "just in time" webinar. Whether you are managing a market or considering becoming a vendor, you won't want to miss it! This free webinar will be recorded if you can't make it live.

Attention farmers market managers would you like to learn more about retaining and recruiting specialty food crop vendors? Idaho Farmers Market Association will be presenting a webinar through Zoom June 28th at 11 p. m. MST. If you can't make it a recording will follow. Hope to see you there! Register below by clicking on the link.

https://uidaho.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYrd--qqD8oEtakafMnDuNtRZcR07Ouw5dd

20/06/2023

Treasure Valley growers! We are excited ao announce a three part series of Cultivating Success Idaho on-farm workshops in Boise this summer in collaboration with Global Gardens and the Idaho Farmer Veteran Coalition. Register for one or all three, and if you are a military veteran, use code HARVESTHEROES for a discount. WE hope to see you on the farm! https://marketplace.uidaho.edu/.../web/product_detail.jsp...

22/05/2023
15/03/2023

Growing Under Cover: Small Farm High & Low Tunnel Fruit, Vegetable & Cut Flower Workshop

Thursday, April 6, 9 am to 3 pm
University of Idaho Caldwell Research and Extension Center
1904 E Chicago St., Caldwell, Idaho 83705

This workshop is for small farms, urban food producers, farmers market vendors and anyone who wants to learn more about high and low tunnel construction and production of small fruits, vegetables, and cut flowers. This workshop will also include an outdoor construction component in the afternoon.

This opportunity is made possible through a special partnership between University of Idaho Extension and Utah State University Extension.

Workshop registration is $15 and includes lunch.

Register online at https://bit.ly/hightunnel23, by calling the UI Extension Ada County office at 208-287-5900 or clicking on the QR Code in the image.

Photos from UI Extension, Idaho Small Farms & Local Food's post 01/02/2023

Friends in the Treasure Valley area! We are pleased to announce that Living on the Land: Stewardship for Small Acreages will be offered this year, beginning February 21 in Meridian, Idaho. This class is a must for anyone new to small acreage living in Idaho! To register or for more information, contact the UI Extension office in Canyon County: 208-459-6003 or email Cheyanne at [email protected].

01/02/2023

Join us for Boot Camp!

On Feb. 9 & 10 (from 9am-12pm, Pacific Time), farmers market managers, board members, and partners will come together for our annual, virtual "Farmers Market Boot Camp." We'll cover core concepts about Farmers Markets; the basics of market operations, and load you up with practical tools so that you can launch your first (or fifth?) season!

In addition, Boot Camp includes a third day that is specific to WA, AK, CO, ID, OH, OR or UT. The "State Day" covers local topics like how food access programs work in your state, your Dept of Ag, food safety rules, and resources available for farmers markets in your state. Each State Day is hosted by our State Farmers Market Association or Network Partners. General schedule below, details on https://wafarmersmarkets.org/2023boot-camp/

* Washington State and General Admittance: Feb16, 9:00am to 12:00pm (Pacific Time) via Zoom.
* Alaska: An on-demand session will be emailed to all attendees.
* Colorado: Scheduled for April via Zoom.
* Idaho: Feb 17 via Zoom.
* Ohio: Feb 14 and Mar 7 via Zoom.
* Oregon: Feb 16 from 9:00am to 12:00pm (Pacific Time) via Zoom.
* Utah: Feb 16 from 10:00am to 1:00pm (Mountain Time) via Zoom.

Register at https://tinyurl.com/wa23bc
Registration will close on February 7

Alaska Farmers Market Association Colorado Farmers' Market Association CFMA Idaho Farmers' Market Association Ohio Farmers Market Network Oregon Farmers Markets Association

University of Idaho Extension Produce Safety 28/11/2022

Produce Growers! We have scheduled our winter 2022-2023 Produce Safety Alliance Grower Trainings, including a live and in person training in Boise December 8. Whether you are required to attend training or not as part of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule, this training can help you review food safety practices on your farm! https://www.eventbrite.com/o/university-of-idaho-extension-produce-safety-14547809781

University of Idaho Extension Produce Safety University of Idaho Extension, in partnership with the Idaho State Department of Agriculture, is working to meet the education and outreach needs of produce growers across Idaho. Funding through this collaboration has enabled UI Extension and ISDA to deliver FDA approved Produce Saftey Alliance cour...

Extension Faculty - Canyon County - Horticulture 28/06/2022

We're hiring an Extension horticulture faculty member in Caldwell! Must love plants and people. https://uidaho.peopleadmin.com/postings/36437

Extension Faculty - Canyon County - Horticulture The University of Idaho Extension is seeking an Assistant or Associate Educator to provide overall leadership and organization for Canyon County Horticulture programming (90%) and support for 4-H Youth Development programs in a specific area of expertise (10%). The Educator will provide assistance i...

28/06/2022

The University of Idaho Extension is seeking an Assistant or Associate Educator to provide overall leadership and organization for Canyon County Horticulture programming (90%) and support for 4-H Youth Development programs in a specific area of expertise (10%). The Educator will provide assistance in university outreach where appropriate. They will plan, develop, implement, evaluate, and report horticulture programs for homeowners, nursery and landscape professionals, gardeners and small acreage landowners.
In cooperation with area green industry businesses, governmental agencies and University of Idaho Extension Specialists and Educators, they will plan, develop and implement educational programs in community and commercial horticulture. With direction from local advisory committees, they will develop and facilitate collaborative educational programs that meet clientele needs (e.g. low-water landscape, integrated pest management, composting, fruit production, urban forestry, turfgrass and nursery production areas). The Educator will provide leadership for the Canyon County and district Master Gardener, Advanced Master Gardener and other area horticulture programs. They will evaluate programs and document impact of educational interventions related to knowledge increase, adoption of recommended practices and evidence of widespread successful management of natural resources. The Educator will extend program outreach to diverse audiences across the Southern District. They will conduct program evaluation and report program impacts.
Learn more and apply at https://uidaho.peopleadmin.com/postings/36437

USDA Confirms Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Idaho 20/05/2022

Avian influemnza is impacting large and small poultry flocks in Idaho. Protect your flock and the food supply by practicing good biosecurity and know what the signs and symptoms are. https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDAAPHIS/bulletins/3139961

USDA Confirms Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Idaho USDA Confirms Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Idaho USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service sent this bulletin at 04/15/2022 11:05 AM EDT Contacts: [email protected] WASHINGTON, April 15, 2022 – The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspectio...

03/03/2022

🔈 NEW EPISODE 🔈

Episode 5 of Field to Flour is out now!

On this episode, we are joined by Sage Dilts and Nathan Hodges from Barn Owl Bakery and Grayling Farm, and Steve Lillestol from Island Grist on Lopez Island in Washington State.

Listen to this episode wherever you listen to podcasts, or directly on our website at inwartisangrains.org!

For more information on the artisan grain movement in the Inland Northwest, like Inland Northwest Artisan Grains.

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