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Information, resources, and links selected for small, sustainable and organic producers
in Idaho.


2011 Living on the Land: Stewardship for Small Acreages

Treasure Valley course will be offered in Meridian!


Contact the Canyon County office at 208-459-6003 or canyon@uidaho.edu to register.

Want to learn more about Living on the Land?

This course is designed to help small acreage landowners care for their land sustainably. Course topics include:

  • What Do You Have and What Do You Want?

  • What Can You Do?

  • Selecting Farm Equipment

  • Enterprise Budgets

  • What to do About Weeds

  • Water Quality,

  • Market & Organic Gardening

  • Feeds and Feeding

  • Pasture Establishment and Renovation

  • Your Living Soil

  • Caring for Your Animals

  • Grazing Management and much more!

Instructors: University of Idaho Extension educators, specialists, class alumni and guests.

Read about Living on the Land Landowner Impacts in 2010


2011 Cultivating Success Small Farms Education

Sustainable Small Farming and Ranching:
On-line course registration
is now open!


This course on Sustainable Small Farming and Ranching guides participants to realistically evaluate their goals and resources, and provides the tools to evaluate the feasibility of starting a sustainable small acreage enterprise.  Course topics include whole farm planning, resource evaluation, site appropriate production practices, enterprise budgets, market analysis and risk management/food safety assessment.  Upon course completion, project participants will have the knowledge and skills to engage in whole farm planning.  

The Cultivating SuccessTM program is now enrolling participants in the first on-line version of this course.   The course will run for 10 weeks, from January 10 to April 1.  Due to grant support from the Western Center for Risk Management Education, the course fee of $125 is being waived and limited enrollment is available for no charge on a first come basis.  Space in this course is limited.  Registration deadline is December 15, 2010.

For your registration form and questions regarding the on-line course email:

       Amanda Snyder
Idaho Cultivating Success Program Coordinator

For other Cultivating Success Course offerings in Idaho, visit www.cultivatingsuccess.org


New in Southeastern Idaho!

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Innovative, grant funded sustainable research and education on Idaho farms: report on SARE Funded Research & Education Projects in Idaho: 1998-2005

Northwest Direct Idaho Farmer Case Studies: find out how local growers are taking advantage of unique marketing opportunities...

The future of sustainable agriculture as viewed by Idaho farmers and agency professionals:  Pioneering the Future of Sustainable Agriculture in Idaho 2005 retreat...

Missed a Small Farms Conference? 2004-2006 Small Farms Conference Results & Resources Search past conferences and browse speakers, topics, and links to additional resources...


University of Idaho Extension
Small Acreage & Emerging Specialty Crops Team Members

North Idaho:

Cinda Williams
Latah County
Specialty: Small Farms/Sustainable Agriculture

Mike Bauer

Bonner County
Specialty: Horticulture/Nursery/Christmas Trees/Small Farms

Lydia Clayton
Nez Perce County
Specialty: Small Farms/Horticulture/Organics

Ken Hart
Lewis County
Specialty: Farm & Crop Management

Linda Laumatia
Coeur d'Alene Reservation
Specialty: Agriculture, Youth Programs

ValdaSue Steele
Nez Perce Reservation
Specialty: Soils, Pasture Management, Community Development

Southwest Idaho:

Ariel Agenbroad
Canyon County
Specialty: Horticulture, Market Gardening, Organic Production

Drew Dalgetty
University of Idaho Food Technology Center, Caldwell
Specialty: Food Science, Product Development, Value Added Processing

Stephanie Etter
Canyon County
Specialty: Livestock, Pasture Management, Poisonous Plants, Stewardship for Small Acreages

Rikki Wilson
Gem County
Specialty: Livestock, Pasture Management, Stewardship for Small Acreages

South Central Idaho:

Jo Ann Robbins
Jerome County
Specialty: Horticulture, 4-H & Small Farms

Shannon Williams
Lemhi County
Specialty: Beef, Ranch Management, Youth

Southeast Idaho:

Steven Love
Aberdeen R&E Center
Specialty: Native Plants, Horticulture

Stuart Parkinson
Franklin County
Specialty: Crops, Horticulture


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Community Supported Agriculture; A Marketing Strategy for Small Acreage Producers in Idaho:
For some small-acreage producers, a CSA program is a valuable marketing strategy that contributes to whole farm sustainability. This 7-page publication helps growers think through whether CSA is right for them.


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Farm Management Tools:
To survive as a small scale producer and direct marketer it is increasingly important to have a framework for recording personal, product ion, and financial information to help manage and evaluate aspects of the farm business.