We provide continuing education for farmers and growers.

Whether your goal is to learn to plant a single seed or to master complex plant soil interactions we have the classes for you. Learn something new and get your hands dirty!

Due to covid-19 we have moved our popular lecture series to YOUR living room via Zoom! Check out our monthly Zoom lecture series.

Small dirty hands hold orange tomatoes.
We support pollinators.

We support increasing pollinator habitat in our area. Rural Roots sponsors bee friendly events; from the 2020 Pollinator Summit to helping Moscow become a Bee City USA.

Our long time Rural Roots Board member, Deborah Berman cofounded the Pollinator Working Group along with Extension Educator Iris Mayes, Extension Educator, Horticulture & Small Farms, and Pat Rathmann of the Palouse Sustainable Environment Coalition. Kelli Cooper, the city of Moscow’s  Sustainability Technician is also involved with the Pollinator Working Group.

The Pollinator Working Group puts on the pollinator summit and supports the bee city initiative.

In addition, board member Susan Fluegel is working on pollinator research for farmers.

Bumblebee on catmint.Butterfly.

Our Goals

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.

How we accomplish our goals.

1) 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.

2) 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.

3) 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.

4) 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.

5) 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. https://www.cultivatingsuccess.org/

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.

6) 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!

7) 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.

8) Linking farmers to farmland

In 2017, Rural Roots, as a project of Cultivating Success TM, and in partnership with University of Idaho Extension, 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.