Did you miss the 2022 pollinator summit?

Here is a link to the UI Extension/CALS YouTube Channel with the videos:

Rural Roots Sustainable Ag  Lecture Series

For previous lectures see Sustainable Ag Lecture Series! We are recording lectures and uploading them to a new YouTube channel. For Rural Roots YouTube channel click here.

Free to attend 

Sponsored by Rural Roots

Buy a beer garden ticket for $15

Donate to support Rural Roots here

Local breweries are teaming up with Rural Roots to host a local beer, music and food festival 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday July 30.

The event will be held on the lawn at the Latah County Fairgrounds at 1021 Harold Street, Moscow, ID.

“As a non-profit, we want to build our community while supporting innovative local businesses such as our local musicians, food trucks and breweries!” said Susan Fluegel, Rural Roots Board Member. Local breweries, Moscow Brewing Company, Hunga Dunga, Micropolis, and the Paradise Creek Brewery will offer 4-ounce pours of hand-crafted seasonal local releases.

Two local food trucks, Sushi Man and Battleground Food Truck will also be featured with delicious dinner options.

Musical headliner, BEARGRASS of Deary, Idaho will play upbeat country favorites from 6-10 p.m. BEARGRASS is an Inland Northwest perennial favorite for live classic country music. Shayne and Alane Watkins have been the core of BEARGRASS since 2000, though each has performed with multiple bands entertaining country music lovers for over 35 years. Drawing from a variety of musical influences, this husband-and-wife duo often blends folk, bluegrass, western, and original ballads into their performances around campfires, coffee shops and county fairs.

Rebecca Lewis opens from 4-6 p.m. captivating with a combination of acoustic country, pop, and classic rock covers and originals.

General entry is free.

Tickets for the beer garden are $15 and include an event pint glass and four tastings. Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite, and on site the night of the event! You can also find the festival on Facebook.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs.

Moscow Brewing Company is hosting lawn games including giant Jenga and corn hole.

Event sponsor, Rural Roots, Inc. is raising funds to continue their work in supporting the local food system and local farmers. Rural Roots is an Idaho-based nonprofit with the mission to support and enhance sustainable and organic agriculture and local food networks in Idaho and the Inland Northwest. Learn more:

For more information, to sponsor, volunteer or participate, contact s.fluegel ( or 208 882-6284.

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

As a farmer you help control and shape your landscape everyday in many different ways. We want to help you learn to do so in a way that will make the land better for you, your children, and the generations to come.

New research by Ellis et al. (2021) shows that humans have been shaping over 3/4th of the earth's landscape for the past 12,000 years. It is not our use of the earth that is causing our current ecological problems, but our current unsustainable practices.

Hand weeding garlic avoids use of harmful chemicals.

Our ancestors transformed ecosystems in sustainable ways. By listening to and adapting agricultural practices used by Indigenous, traditional, and local people; we can often halt and reverse the damage done to our environment. If we look to the past, while considering the latest agricultural and environmental science, we can create a lasting legacy within our lifetime.   

"Our global maps show that even 12,000 years ago, nearly three-quarters of terrestrial nature was inhabited, used, and shaped by people," says Ellis. "Areas untouched by people were almost as rare 12,000 years ago as they are today."

The study maps showing land use are available to view interactively online:

It is our responsibility to treat the land with respect. Acting as a good steward of the land results in larger healthier harvests as well as a better relationship with nature.


Ellis EC, N Gauthier, KK Goldewijk, RB  Bird, N Boivin, S Díaz, DQ Fuller, JL Gill, JO Kaplan, N Kingston, H Locke, CNH McMichael, D Ranco, TC Rick, MR Shaw, L Stephens, JC Svenning, JEM Watson. People have shaped most of terrestrial nature for at least 12,000 years. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2021; 118 (17): e2023483118 DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2023483118

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

Events & ClassesSee what we're up to.

Check out some of the fun virtual seminars below!

august, 2022

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10aug2:30 pm3:30 pmWomen in Agriculture: Herbicide resistant weeds2:30 pm - 3:30 pm PST

24aug2:30 pm3:30 pmWomen in Agriculture: Farm Stress Management and Resiliency2:30 pm - 3:30 pm PST

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: Pollinator handout 2021

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 pollinators 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!