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Rural Roots: Over 20 years of working with small farmers who use sustainable practices. We support you!

Check out all of the free 2021 webinars below.

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

Upcoming Rural Roots Speakers Series

6-7 pm Wednesday Jan 13, 2020

Cover crop diversity: implications for soil carbon cycling

Speaker: Bronte Sone

Agricultural soil carbon stores have been significantly depleted due to poor agricultural management practices, yet agriculture has great potential to restore soil carbon. There are few viable management techniques, including cover crops, that can significantly increase soil carbon. Our research examines how increasing cover crop diversity impacts soil carbon and soil microbial communities, which are intrinsic to processes responsible for soil carbon sequestration.

Bronte Sone is a UI master’s student studying soil and land resources. She is working with Michael Strickland on a research project that looks at how diverse cover crop mixtures effect soil carbon stores.

They are using a carbon isotope to track how carbon is assimilated by plants and how that carbon is transferred to other areas of the plant and soil profile. This research will highlight how cover crops benefit the Palouse region. Cover crops provide local growers with an ecologically sound alternative to fallow.

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Attracting Pollinators

Upcoming attraction the Pollinator Summit in late February!

We will be updating as we near this fun event.

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!

University of Idaho Extension presents:
North Idaho Annie's Project

6 Live Zoom Sessions

Tuesday evenings from 6 – 9 pm

January 19, 22 and February 2, 9, 16, & 23

Child pulls red wagon at Farmer's Market.

Cost: $60

Sign up here! 

Registration closes 1/15/21

This all-women course fosters problem solving, record keeping, and decision-making skills around five areas of agricultural risk management: production, legal, market, human and financial. Women farmers and ranchers attending the course will gain a better understanding of a variety topics such as business planning, market expansion, farm succession and retirement planning, using insurance to mitigate risk and finding and retaining employees. Participants will have ample time to talk with other women producers in the class and build their regional women in ag network.

This offering of Annie's Project is open to women in Idaho's ten northern counties: Boundary, Bonner, Shoshone, Kootenai, Benewah, Latah, Clearwater, Nez Perce, Lewis and Idaho.

Questions? Contact Kate Painter kpainter@uidaho.edu or Colette DePhelps cdephelps@uidaho.edu

Events & ClassesSee what we're up to.


january, 2021

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05jan6:00 pm7:00 pmPollinator Garden Design 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm PST

07jan10:30 am12:30 pmA FEMINIST'S GUIDE TO BOTANY: Online Botanical Painting Session10:30 am - 12:30 pm PST

07jan11:00 am12:30 pmFrom the Ground Up: Cover Crop Solutions for Western Farmers: Part 311:00 am - 12:30 pm PST

11jan9:00 am11:00 amSoil Health: Measuring and Managing from January 11-149:00 am - 11:00 am PST

12jan(jan 12)8:30 am13(jan 13)1:00 pmIdaho Produce Safety Alliance8:30 am - 1:00 pm (13) PST

12jan9:00 am11:00 amSoil Health: Measuring and Managing from January 11-149:00 am - 11:00 am PST

13jan9:00 am10:00 amAgritourism Gatherings: A virtual series for farm, food, and travel communities. FARM-BASED EDUCATION IN EVERY CITY AND TOWN: 4 UNIQUE STORIES9:00 am - 10:00 am PST

13jan9:00 am11:00 amSoil Health: Measuring and Managing from January 11-149:00 am - 11:00 am PST

13jan6:00 pm7:00 pmCover crop diversity: implications for soil carbon cycling6:00 pm - 7:00 pm PST

14jan9:00 am11:00 amSoil Health: Measuring and Managing from January 11-149:00 am - 11:00 am PST

14jan11:00 am12:30 pmFrom the Ground Up: Cover Crop Solutions for Western Farmers: Part 411:00 am - 12:30 pm PST

15jan9:00 am11:00 amAg Instrumentation Two-Part Workshop Agenda Day 19:00 am - 11:00 am PST

19jan5:30 pm6:30 pmIdaho's Intriguing Orchids5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

20jan7:00 am8:00 amPalouse Conservation District: Soil Health Sit Down7:00 am - 8:00 am PST

20jan10:00 am11:30 amCommunity Led Efforts to Conserve Orchard and Fruit of the West10:00 am - 11:30 am PST

21jan11:00 am12:00 pmSoil Health in Organic High tunnels11:00 am - 12:00 pm PST

21jan12:30 pm1:30 pmPasture Biodiversity for Animal Health12:30 pm - 1:30 pm PST

22jan9:00 am11:00 amAg Instrumentation Two-Part Workshop Agenda Day 29:00 am - 11:00 am PST

26jan1:00 pm2:00 pmGrazing to Avoid Trouble1:00 pm - 2:00 pm PST

26jan(jan 26)1:00 pm27(jan 27)5:00 pmWASHINGTON PRODUCE SAFETY ALLIANCE REMOTE GROWER TRAINING1:00 pm - 5:00 pm (27)

28jan(jan 28)8:30 am29(jan 29)1:00 pmIdaho Produce Safety Alliance8:30 am - 1:00 pm (29) PST