For more than 20 years, we’ve worked with small farmers who use sustainable practices.


Our name is our vision



Rural Roots: Healthy Farms, Healthy Food, Healthy Communities

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We support and enhance sustainable and organic agriculture and local food networks in Idaho and the Inland Northwest.

Our goalsHealthy farms & food = healthy communities



  • Vibrant, successful farms

    Enhance the economic viability of sustainable and organic farms, ranches and communities throughout Idaho and the Inland Northwest.

  • Nutritious, healthy & locally produced food

    Encourage the production and consumption of sustainably produced local foods.

  • Resilient communities

    Develop relationships, strengthen networks and increase collaboration between producers, consumers, food and agricultural organizations/agencies and policy makers.

 

The InfoOur stats at a glance.



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The DetailsSee exactly how we accomplish our goals.


  • Education and empowerment for beginning farmers

    Rural Roots alongside University of Idaho Extension hosts a variety of educational events for beginning farmers and ranchers throughout our region, including courses in vegetable production and livestock production. Future plans include courses on orcharding and small fruit production and urban agriculture.

  • Capacity building for established farmers

    Rural Roots co- hosts workshops and courses for farmers, including advanced business courses and courses in farm law, as well as skills-building workshops for established and beginning farmers alike.

  • Farmer to farmer networking and information sharing

    Rural Roots facilitates farmer-to-farmer networking and farmer-to-farmer information exchanges in a variety of ways, including farm walks, on-farm workshops, conferences, speakers, and farmer roundtables. We have also developed a program in which established farmers mentor less experienced farmers.

  • On-farm events

    Rural Roots sponsors on-farm events that help link farms to communities, such as Art in the Orchard, an event at Wilson Banner Ranch which showcased local food and art in the environment of a working family farm.

  • Strategic partnerships

    Rural Roots is a partner, along with the University of Idaho and Washington State University, in Cultivating Success TM, a program which collaborates with other organizations to host a variety of small acreage farming education programs. Past and present sponsors of Cultivating Success TM programs include the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture, Western Center for Risk Management, Risk Management Association, Kellogg Foundation, Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance, Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, Family Farmed, and Farm Commons.

  • Community involvement

    Rural Roots co-hosts, with University of Idaho Extension, a popular monthly speaker series on a variety of farming and related topics that is open to the community. We were also active in the development of the City of Moscow’s urban farmer-friendly Urban Agriculture Ordinance. Rural Roots is also engaged in the development and planning of the first Edible Food Forest park in Moscow!

  • Markets

    Rural Roots has played an important role in the development and success of the Moscow Farmers Market. We have also worked to connect local Palouse producers to LINC, a Spokane based farmer cooperative that enables producers to access larger and institutional markets in our region. https://www.ci.moscow.id.us/197/Farmers-Market

  • Linking farmers to farmland

    In 2017, Rural Roots, as a project of Cultivating Success TM, and in partnership with University of Idaho Extenstion, established Idaho Farm Link, a website that enables farmers who are looking for land to farm to connect with people who have land that is available to be farmed. www.cultivatingsucess.org/farmlink

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The TeamMeet our board members.




Clint Hoiland

President
Twisted Vine Tours, Lewiston-Clarkston

Mathew Morgan

Vice President/Treasurer
Chef/Director of Nutrition, Tri-State Hospital, Clarkston, ID

Allison Detjens

Secretary
WSU Organic Farm, Moscow, ID

Deborah Berman

Board Member
Palouse Permaculture, Moscow, ID

Cathy Perillo

Board Member
West Cove Farm, Viola, ID

Erica Sloniker

Board Member
Nature Conservancy, Moscow, ID

Meet our staff.




Executive Director


Marci Miller

Marci Miller joins Rural Roots as the Executive Director after farming on the Palouse since 2009. She has been active with the Cultivating Success program as a farmer-educator and advisor for many years. She is well versed in small farm viability as she and her husband own Deep Roots Farm [www.deep-roots-farm.com], a Certified Naturally Grown vegetable farm in Moscow where they have made their living from the farm since 2012.

Marci has a keen interest in land access for beginning farmers and, along with program staff, have recently launched Idaho Farm Link, which will connect existing landowners with those seeking land. In her spare time, she enjoys backpacking, running rivers, fishing, hiking with her four-legged companion Ellie and reading books by the fire.

You are welcome to contact Marci here with questions or ideas.