Starting Your Sustainable Idaho Small Farm Course 2016

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Southern Idaho Rural Development is dedicated to helping small business in Idaho to succeed and we feel this course entitled “Starting Your Sustainable Idaho Small Farm” is important enough that we would like to help promote this Course.

northboise_narrowCourse Description

The course has students take a realistic look at their goals and resources, and helps them evaluate what type of small acreage enterprise is right for them. Students are exposed to various types of farming and ranching systems, guest farmers speak to the class, and field trips are taken to local farms. Students com plete a whole farm plan.

Course Format and Dates

This course is offered as a series of webinars and regional workshops from January 14 to March 31, 2016.  The series focuses on improving small farmers’ and ranchers’ capacity to evaluate the feasibility of enterprises and assess their resources. It will involve an introductory webinar, three full day workshops and related farm tours**, and an end of course potluck and evening seminar.

Course timeline 

Course Activity Date
Introduction webinar*
(60 minutes, participate via personal computer)
Thursday, January 14, 2016
6-7 pm PST / 7-8 pm MST
Whole Farm Planning Workshop

(6 hour workshop at local site)

Saturday, January 23, 2016
9 am – 4 pm PST
10 am – 5 pm MST
Sustainable Crop Production workshop and farm tour

(6 hour workshop at local site, associated farm tours will take place following the workshop, dates TBD**)

Saturday, February 13, 2016
9 am – 4 pm PST
10 am – 5 pm MST
Sustainable Livestock Production workshop and farm tour

(6 hour workshop at local site, farm tour will be on the same day as workshop or soon thereafter)

Saturday, March 5, 2016
9 am – 4 pm PST
10 am – 5 pm MST
Local Networking & Evaluation Events

(End-of-Course celebration/potluck at local sites)

Thursday, March 31, 2016
5:30-7:30 pm PST
6:30-8:30 pm MST

*Webinar components of the course will be presented, recorded and evaluated using the GotoWebinar platform.  Participants will also be provided with online resources and support via the eXtension campus.  

** Farm tours will be scheduled at multiple farms/ranches across Idaho, and will be dependent upon the season.  Most tours will be shortly after the production workshops, but some tours may happen later in the spring.  Course participants are invited to attend any and as many farm tours that are associated with the class, and are welcome travel to a different region to see a particular farm of interest.

Course fees:  $115 per individual for the full series, including course materials, books, access to the course website, and farm tours.  Course books included in the registration will include:

  • The Market Gardener by Jean Martin Fortier (list price $24.95)
  • Farming Alternatives: A Guide to Evaluating the Feasibility of New Farm-Based Enterprises by Natural Resource, Agriculture and Engineering Service Cooperative Extension (list price $15)
  • Small-Scale Livestock Farming: A Grass-Based Approached for Health, Sustainability and Profit by Carol Ekarius (list price $18.95)

Spouses, partners or additional family members can take the course for an extra $15 (will receive only one copy of materials).

Course Locations

City / County Site Location
Boise, ID – Ada Caldwell R&E Complex
1904 E. Chicago Street, Suite AB
Caldwell, ID 83605
Caldwell, ID – Canyon Caldwell R&E Complex
1904 E. Chicago Street, Suite AB
Caldwell, ID 83605
Cascade / McCall, ID – Valley Location for January 23:
American Legion Hall
(below McCall City Hall)
216 E. Park Street
McCall, ID 83638Location for March 31:
Bistro 45 McCall
1101 N. 3rd St.
McCall, ID 83638
Coeur d’Alene, ID – Kootenai TBD
Hailey, ID – Blaine Blaine County Community Campus
1050 Fox Acres Rd.
Hailey, ID 83333
Idaho Falls, ID – Bonneville Location TBD
Moscow, ID – Latah UI Campus, Wallace Complex at Bob’s Place in the “Quiet Room”
1080 W. 6th St. Room 231
Moscow, ID 83843
Salmon, ID – Lemhi Salmon Valley Business and Innovation Center
803 Monroe St. Salmon, ID  83467

Sandpoint, ID – Bonner Bonner County Extension Office
4205 N Boyer Ave.
Sandpoint, ID 83864
Twin Falls, ID – Twin Falls TBD
Weiser, ID – Washington Washington Co. Extension Office
485 E. 3rd Street
Weiser, Idaho  83672
Others will be added soon TBD

To register for this course, please click on your course location or contactAmanda for more information.

To enrich education through diversity the University of Idaho is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and educational institution. University of Idaho and U.S. Department of Agriculture Cooperating, in compliance with the American Disabilities Act of 1990, anyone attending this program that requires auxiliary aids or services should contact Amanda at least two weeks prior to the event.

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