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Rural Roots: Over 20 years of working with and supporting small farmers who use sustainable practices.

Check out all of the free 2021 webinars lecture series below. Scroll down to sign up for these and other fun Zoom lectures. 

April 14th: Soil and Antibiotics:

Presenter: Mike Strickland, University of Idaho Department of Soil & Water Systems

Topic: Soil Communities and Ecosystem Processes in the Age of Antibiotics

Description: While antibiotics have been a great boon for human and animal health, these compounds are often overused. This misuse has largely been overlooked with regards to their environmental impact. Our research seeks to examine how antibiotics affect soil communities and the ecosystem processes that these communities regulate.

RSVP here: https://uidaho.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcsd-qtqjgrGtfO2ulnLSVygI_BqY3xvTiD

or at Facebook events on the UI Extension, Idaho Small Farms & Local Food page  https://fb.me/e/1Zyw8Apww

May 12th: Colette DePhelps and Iris Mayes discuss their research on scaling up fruit and vegetable production on the Palouse.

Due to Covid-19 our popular growers' lecture series (previously held at Hunga Dunga Brewing Company) is on Zoom!

Rural Roots: Healthy Farms, Healthy Food, Healthy Communities

Click to Join Rural Roots here!

Become a Rural Roots member! We know the pandemic has hit a lot of growers and ranchers hard so we have halved our membership prices.

Small Farmers, ranchers and businesses can join for only $45 a year ($60 for larger farms, ranches and businesses; $120 for large businesses or corporations).

Students and those on a budget that want to support small growers, can sign up for our Living Lightly or Student membership at only $18 a year.

Just want to help? Sign up for our Friends of Farmers membership at $30 a year.

The monthly Speaker Series is a collaboration between Rural Roots and University of Idaho Extension


Our all-virtual Pollinator Summit in February was a great success!

Many partners joined in to make this happen, especially Rural Roots Board Members! Check out the pdf here 2021 Pollinator Summit.

We had around 100 people sign in for the first day. It was a lot of fun with some wonderful speakers.

Attracting Pollinators

Click here to see Susan's new booklet on her pollinator research: Increase crop yields by managing pollinator and beneficial insect habitat in the Pacific Northwest

This booklet shows some great plant choices for our area! Learn which plants attract the most pollinators. See which plants will bring the most bumblebees or other native bees to your farm.

For now you may want to check out theses pages.

Learn more about attracting pollinator in our How to Attract Pollinator page!

Check out this UDSA website on How Farmers Can Help Pollinators.

Another great resource: Bee Friendly Farming (BFF) is a certification program from Pollinator Partnership!


Events & ClassesSee what we're up to.


april, 2021

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04apr6:00 pm7:30 pmLawn: Planting & Maintenance6:00 pm - 7:30 pm PST

05apr1:00 pm2:30 pmLabor Management Series: Communication and Delegation1:00 pm - 2:30 pm PST

06apr9:00 am11:00 amPostharvest Food Safety Series 9:00 am - 11:00 am PST

06apr11:00 am12:00 amCultivating Success FREE lunchtime webinar series: Marketing!11:00 am - 12:00 am PST

06apr12:00 pm1:30 pmMechanized No-Till Organic Vegetable Experimental Collaborative / Year 2 Report12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PST

06apr1:00 pm2:30 pmDr. Fred Provenza: Plant Diversity and Health1:00 pm - 2:30 pm PST

07apr6:00 am7:00 amGRASS GROWTH & NUTRITION: REGENERATIVE GRAZING6:00 am - 7:00 am PST

08apr10:00 am11:30 amGetting to Know the ‘Good Bugs’ – Scouting for Pollinators and Other Beneficial Insects10:00 am - 11:30 am PST

08apr11:00 am12:00 pmSeed, Plant, Package - Sell! Specialty Crops from Production to Product: Virtual Field Day11:00 am - 12:00 pm PST

12apr1:00 pm3:00 pmLabor Management Series: Supporting LGBTQ+ Employees and Apprentices1:00 pm - 3:00 pm PST

13apr11:00 am12:00 amCultivating Success FREE lunchtime webinar series: Marketing!11:00 am - 12:00 am PST

13apr1:00 pm2:30 pmDr. Fred Provenza: Creating Locally Adapted Herbivores1:00 pm - 2:30 pm PST

14apr6:00 am7:00 amMANAGEMENT: REGENERATIVE GRAZING6:00 am - 7:00 am PST

14apr2:00 pm5:00 pmWhat is the future of agriculture? Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and American Farmland Trust President and CEO John Piotti answer farmer's questions.2:00 pm - 5:00 pm PST

20apr11:00 am12:00 amCultivating Success FREE lunchtime webinar series: Marketing!11:00 am - 12:00 am PST

21apr6:00 am7:00 amHOW NRCS CAN HELP YOU: REGENERATIVE GRAZING6:00 am - 7:00 am PST

21apr9:00 am10:30 amCreating community with our insect neighbors9:00 am - 10:30 am PST

21apr10:00 am11:30 amPerennial Fruit Plants of the Northern Sierra Gold Rush Era10:00 am - 11:30 am PST

22apr10:00 am11:30 amInsect Apocalypse? What Is Really Happening, Why It Matters and How We Can All Be a Vital Part of the Solution10:00 am - 11:30 am PST

26apr1:00 pm2:30 pmLabor Management Series: Addressing and Preventing Sexual Harassment on Small Farms1:00 pm - 2:30 pm PST

27apr11:00 am12:00 amCultivating Success FREE lunchtime webinar series: Marketing!11:00 am - 12:00 am PST