Can I Farm This? Starting a Small Farm in the City


Join us for a brand new workshop this September:

Can I farm this?

Interested in starting a small farm in the city?

Finding a good piece of land is key to a success.

Whether you are looking to purchase land or already have land, this workshop will give you the tools to evaluate a piece a property and determine if it is right for your sustainable farming enterprise.

You will learn to assess site characteristics such as: natural resources (soils and water); microclimates (slope, growing degree days); physical assets (buildings and fences); site history (and how it may affect future farming); and, legal considerations (easements, zoning, lease arrangements, liability).

Register at:

Where to meet:
Please meet at Hen and Hare Microfarm located in Boise, ID 83709 (directions and an address will be sent to those who register).

Register by: September 26th!
$12 registration fee.

Pre-Workshop Homework
Upon registration, you will receive an email with links to pre-workshop videos and questions about the topics of; Physical Assets, Natural Resources, Site History, and Legal Considerations. It is recommended that participants complete these prior to the event so that organizers can gain better perspectives into your unique situation.

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


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Area Farmers Markets in Full Swing

10505291_833288863348434_7622380046387827220_nIt’s National Farmer’s Market Week!  Do you love fresh, locally grown produce?  Handmade foods and items by your friends and neighbors? We know you do! So do we.   With that in mind, we thought we would share the list of Magic Valley area markets with you.  Come on out and celebrate National Farmer’s Market Week at any (or all) of these area markets. credit for article: Tetona Dunlap – Times News/  Continue reading

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Gem State Prospector – Running at the Speed of Business


Discover the Gem State
and Make Sound Decisions Through Data Using:

Gem State Prospector

Idaho Department of Commerce
or more information, please contact:
Andrea Vlassis-Zahn
Phone: 208.287.3163
Toll Free: 800.842.5858

 What is Gem State Prospector?  Clients who visit Gem State Prospector (businesses, individuals, organizations etc) are looking for commercial and industrial space or buildings to locate things like manufacturing facilities, food processing facilities, call centers, shared services centers, business and professional space. Not only are site selectors and business owners looking for property, they are also looking for information about Idaho communities and Gem State Prospector is a great source for this important information.   Continue reading

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Business Conference: Strategies for Success – June 14th – Twin Falls ID

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SBA Disaster Assistance Available to Idaho Private Nonprofit Organizations

 sbaa Disaster News

Loans for Businesses, Private Nonprofits, Homeowners and Renters

Disaster Field Operations Center–West, P.O. Box 419004, Sacramento, CA 95841

Release Date:  April 24, 2017 Media Contact:  Richard Jenkins
Release Number:  ID 15119-01 Phone:  (916) 735-1500

SBA Disaster Assistance Available to Idaho

Private Nonprofit Organizations

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to certain private nonprofit organizations in Idaho following President Trump’s federal disaster declaration for Public Assistance as a result of severe winter storms and flooding that occurred Feb. 5 – 27, 2017, announced Administrator Linda McMahon of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Private nonprofits that provide essential services of a governmental nature are eligible for assistance.

SBA disaster assistance is now available in Bingham, Cassia, Elmore, Franklin, Gooding, Jefferson, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka, Twin Falls and Washington counties.

“Private nonprofit organizations should contact Public Affairs Officer Elizabeth Duncan of the Idaho Office of Emergency Management at (208) 258-6595 or to obtain information about applicant briefings,” said Director Tanya N. Garfield of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West. “At the briefings, private nonprofit representatives will need to provide information about their organization,” continued Garfield. The Federal Emergency Management Agency will use that information to determine if the private nonprofit provides an “essential governmental service” and is a “critical facility” as defined by law. If so, FEMA may provide the private nonprofit with a Public Assistance grant for their eligible costs. If not, FEMA may refer the private nonprofit to SBA for disaster loan assistance.

SBA may lend private nonprofits up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to help with the cost of improvements to protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.

For certain private nonprofit organizations of any size, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help with meeting working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic Injury Disaster Loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that cannot be paid because of the disaster’s impact. Economic injury assistance is available regardless of whether the nonprofit suffered any property damage.

The interest rate is 2.5 percent with terms up to 30 years. The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is June 20, 2017. The deadline to return economic injury applications is
Jan. 22, 2018.

Applicants may apply online using SBA’s secure website at

Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955 or emailing Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339. For more disaster assistance information or to download applications, visit Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.


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Idaho Small Business Symposium (ISBS)

America’s SBDC Idaho presents “Idaho Small Business Symposium” (ISBS) formerly the IBOC 

ptac4The ISBS will be held on Thursday, March 23, 2017 in Coeur d’Alene at the CDA Spa and Resort, 115 S 2nd Street.  800.664.7278.

Registration is now open.  Please register here

The cost for this year’s symposium is $90.00 per person which is due at the time of registration.  Payment can be made by VISA, MC or Discover or a check in the amount of $90 can be mailed to Idaho PTAC, Attn: 2017 Symposium, 2360 W University Drive, Boise, ID 83725-1655.  We are still receiving registrations from various Agencies. A complete listing will be posted to this site in early March 2017. 

ptac3An agenda will also be posted at that time.  If you have any questions or need more information, please call Lee Velten 208.426.1742.   Click the following link for a downloadable/printable version of the symposium flyer:  2017-isbs-agency-brochure

If you are interested in government contracting for your small business, click HERE  for more information.

Comments from previous attendees:

  • The Idaho Small Business Symposium provides a terrific opportunity for INL to meet with a diverse and capable group of small business suppliers from our own backyard. Connections we make at this outreach event support our goal of doing business with Idahoans. This is one event we won’t miss. Stacey Francis, Idaho National Laboratory, SBPM
  • The Idaho Small Business Symposium provides the best one-day opportunity for small businesses in Idaho to network with larger corporations and government agencies. As a small business with limited resources, Portage relies on the Idaho PTAC to provide guidance and training on government contracting and referrals. The PTAC truly is a service-oriented organization. Kevin Poor, Portage Director of Operations
  • The Idaho Small Business Symposium is a rare and extremely valuable opportunity to meet federal contracting officers and representatives face-to-face all in one location. The topics, speakers and opportunities at the ISBS are top notch! The Procurement Technical Assistance Center is amazing at supporting Idaho Businesses by organizing and planning this valuable session. Kellie Shaw, USFS IDAWY
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Southern Idaho Rural Businesses Recognized – Making It In Magic Valley 2017

What do these locally owned, rural businesses have in common?  Each one was selected for making a difference in their communities.  14 Magic Valley businesses, large and small were awarded as businesses “Making It In Magic Valley 2017” held on January 31, 2017 at Canyon Crest in Twin Falls. Megan Ronk, director of the Idaho Department of Commerce, was the keynote speaker.  Follow this link to read the full story about this award.

All 14 businesses were selected by city officials, new and established, as well as large and small businesses.  Southern Idaho Rural Development would like to focus on 4 locally owned businesses who were recognized at this event as “Making It In Magic Valley” in 4 of the communities that SIRD serves.  We congratulate you all!

First Ascent Fish Farms is a unique fish farm on Clear Lakes Road north of Buhl, Idaho.  Click the link for story this rural small business and how they’re making a difference.

Hatfield Manufacturing Inc. of Gooding, ID manufactures equipment primarily for the strong dairy industry in Southern Idaho including the following: Dairy Equipment,  Calf Raising Equipment,  Implements & Attachments

Check out their website and their Youtube videos.
Gooding, ID


Everton Mattress doing business as Therapedic Mattress Idaho – Filer, ID
In April 2014, Everton Mattress Manufacturing was purchased by 20-year employee Chris Sanders. Sanders took over the Filer manufacturing facility while the Everton Mattress retail location in Twin Falls remains under Steve Everton’s management and ownership.
Everton Mattress Manufacturing located to Twin Falls in the 1930’s before moving operations to Filer in 2003. Therapedic Mattress Idaho is one of 15 factories producing the national brand Therapedic Mattress in the United States as well as private label, university and contract mattresses.
1. Feb 4, 2017 story on on how Everton/Therapedic Mattress Idaho brings comfort to kids HERE.
2. Story clip credit: KMVT News) Full story link HERE.
3. Therapedic Mattress Idaho Facebook page.

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Finally, last but not least, we congratulate Buhl, Idaho’s own Clear Springs Foods.  Clear Springs Foods makes its home on the scenic Snake River Canyon of southern Idaho’s Magic Valley. Their Rainbow Trout are farm-raised in concrete raceways fed by an abundance of crystal clear spring water. Ideal growing conditions, combined with a commitment to quality and innovation, have made Clear Springs the world’s largest producer of Rainbow Trout, processing over 20 million pounds a year. story Feb 4, 2017 – Clear Springs Foods Helps Feed the Hungry

Congratulations to all 14 of the “Making it in the Magic Valley” award winners:

  • Agri-Service – Twin Falls/Kimberly, is a farm equipment dealership selling machinery, parts and service support
  • Barclay Mechanical and Crane – Paul, is a manufacturing company and mechanical shop, welding shop and crane service
  • Clear Springs Foods – Buhl, hatches, raises, processes and ships rainbow trout
  • DOT Foods – Burley, redistributes food from manufacturers to stores, which allows stores to purchase smaller quantities
  • Everton Mattress “doing business as” Therapedic Mattress Idaho – Filer, is one of 15 factories licensed to produce the Therapedic Mattress brand in the U.S.
  • Fabri-Kal – Burley, makes a plant-based line of food service packaging products including yogurt cups and containers used by fast food restaurants
  • First Ascent Fish Farm – Buhl, raises tilapia, and ships tilapia, sturgeon, shrimp and oysters to and from Seattle
  • Glanbia Foods – Twin Falls, is the world’s leading producer of American-style cheese
  • Hatfield Manufacturing – Gooding, specializes in dairy and livestock handling equipment
  • Herrett Stocks –  Twin Falls, manufactures custom-made handgun stocks
  • Idaho Milk Products –  Jerome, makes milk protein concentrates, ultra-fresh cream and milk permeate powder
  • Mad River Laser – Rupert, is a personalization gift shop offering services such as in-house embroidery and laser engraving
  • Moss Greenhouse –  Jerome, is a wholesale bedding plant grower
  • The Sprinkler Shop – Paul, offers irrigation and manufacturing services and is the only galvanizing plant in the state

Photos by Pat Sutphin, Times News

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Trout a key part of Buhl’s economy

A large part of Western Magic Valley’s economy is driven by Trout growth and export.

Source: Trout a key part of Buhl’s economy

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Artists: To Build an Audience, Provide A Romantic Web Experience

From understanding site visitor behavior to optimizing “above the fold” space, learn how to build an audience by providing a romantic website experience.

Source: Artists: To Build an Audience, Provide A Romantic Web Experience

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It’s time for eagle photo safari: January in the parks | Outdoors and Recreation |

So much to explore in Southern Idaho in the wintertime and the migration of eagles in January is at the top of that list.  Check out this article by Virginia Hutchins of the Times News as she takes you on a ‘winter’ safari to the northside of southern Idaho.  Highlighted in her article is a very popular eagle viewing spot at Wendell small business, West Point Service, a Cafe & Restaurant south of Wendell, ID.

Follow the link below to Virginia’s fascinating article and all the info you need to begin your eagle excursion!

WENDELL — In a pale winter sky, streaked with the first pinks of a new day, a massive, dark shape flew low.

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