Thank you to everyone who participated or visited the Latah County Fair!
Rural Roots sponsored the Fruit, Vegetable and Ag Products.

Rural Roots at the Latah fair

Here at Rural Root we come from a long line of people who worked the soil. Whether you use a team of horses, a tractor, a drone, or a simple shovel we want to inspire you to think about how to best use the land to grow while making it better for your children.

Grandpa Lee plowing

Susan's grandpa Lee worked the land with a team of horses and his capable hands.

At Rural Roots we believe ALL farmers should be treated with dignity and respect. Farmers often toil alone and receive little support. Please check out some of these organizations that help farmers. You are not alone.

Rural Roots is a partner with the Pollinator Summit!Bumblebee on purple aster

Pollinator Summit: designed and produced by
The Pollinator Working Group including Rural Roots, Latah County Extension, and many other community members and organizations.

2022 Pollinator Summit
Theme: Pollinators and Biodiversity.
Won the Moscow Mayor’s 2022 Earth Day Award
YouTube videos of presentations available at

2023 Pollinator Summit
February 2023 in Moscow
Theme: Pollinators and Climate Change
Contact: Latah County Extension

Pollinator Photo Contest:
photographs to be exhibited at the 2023 Pollinator Summit

green bees on fall flowers

Rural Roots Speaker Series
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.

Rural Roots: Over 20 years of working with and supporting small farmers who use sustainable practices.
Welcome to one of the oldest occupations. Humans have been shaping the earth's landscape for over 12,000 years!

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.

Be a good steward of the earth and leave your children a brighter future!


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!

october, 2022

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06oct11:00 am12:00 pmKeeping up with the Plant Killers: the secret life of the parasites that colonize plants11:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT

12oct2:30 pm3:30 pmWomen in Agriculture: Agriculture Leases2:30 pm - 3:30 pm PST

26oct2:30 pm3:30 pmWomen in Agriculture: Understanding Lease Agreements2:30 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!